Spirulina – also called “Arthrospira platensis” – is a blue-green cyanobacterium that has existed on earth for 3.5 billion years. Spirulina contains a large cocktail of different colored pigments, such as green chlorophyll or blue phycocyanin – these are used by the alga for the Photosynthesis. What makes green spirulina so interesting is the high protein content of about 65%, the high nutrient density of vitamins + minerals and the iron content, which covers up to one third of the daily requirement. Spirulina is an ideal food for vegans. Just like Spirulina, the microalga Chlorella belongs to the archetypes of life. The special thing about chlorella is the exceptionally high content of chlorophyll, this makes the algae look so intense and powerful green. For dietary supplementation, Spirulina and Chlorella are grown under controlled conditions in facilities and in closed glass tube systems. Discover now our combination product Organic Spirulina & Chlorella Tablets as a high quality dietary supplement.
Organic Spirulina & Chlorella with high protein content
Well-known sources of protein are meat, sausage, milk and dairy products, all animal products that are known not to be eaten in excess. Half of all daily protein intake should come from plant sources, e.g. potatoes, legumes, cereals or additionally from green spirulina and chlorella. In the body, proteins are responsible for regulating metabolism, controlling hormones, repairing and forming new cells, defending the immune system through antibodies, and they are important for energy production. Chlorella vulgaris contains a large amount of protein (about 59% based on dry weight), which analytical data of protein content could prove. In comparison, the protein dry weight of, for example, soybeans as a known protein source is significantly lower at approx. 33%. For a body weight of 70 kg, about 60 g of protein should be eaten per day. According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), in order to bear the designation “high protein content” or “protein-rich”, at least 20% of the total calorific value of a food must be accounted for by the protein content. Our organic spirulina & chlorella tablets have 2.8 grams of protein, or about 64% of the total caloric value, at a recommended daily intake of 3×4 tablets.
Organic spirulina & chlorella as a natural source of iron
Iron is a trace element that – as the name suggests – is present in the body in trace amounts. However, this in no way diminishes its importance for a healthy metabolism, on the contrary. Iron is important and (vital) for many bodily functions. It contributes to the reduction of fatigue and tiredness and is central element in the transport of oxygen to the cells. It supports brain performance and contributes to the normal development of children’s perceptual abilities. Iron deficiency is still one of the most common deficiency symptoms. Women up to menopause, children and adolescents in the growth phase, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and vegans are particularly affected.
Iron deficiency may occur:
- If there is too little iron in the diet, e.g. no meat is eaten (meat is the No. 1 source of iron)
- For vegan diet
- When there is increased loss (e.g., due to menstrual bleeding).
- or the need is increased (e.g. during pregnancy).
In the EU, the recommended daily intake of iron has been set at 14 milligrams. This is the amount an average person should consume daily to meet their iron needs. Our Organic Spirulina & Chlorella tablets are a natural source of iron. Per daily serving (3×4 tablets) contains 3.1 mg of iron, which is 22% of the recommended daily dose.
Organic Spirulina & Chlorella with high fiber content
Chlorella consists of approx. 17% (dry weight) of carbohydrates, of which more than 65% are indigestible dietary fiber, which apparently originates from the chlorella cell walls. The designations high fiber content or high fiber are permitted if a product contains at least 6 grams of fiber per 100 grams. Our organic Spirulina & Chorella tablets contain 7.7 grams of dietary fiber/100 grams, meeting EFSA requirements.
Organic Spirulina & Chlorella with Vitamin B12
Chlorella contains mainly vitamins D2 and B12, which are not found in plant foods, as well as larger amounts of folic acid and iron than other plant foods. Vitamin B12 – also called cobalamin – is found in animal foods such as meat, fish, milk + dairy products (non-pasteurized), eggs and fermented foods such as sauerkraut or beer. The fact that vitamin B12 is found in microalgae such as chlorella is interesting for the diet, e.g. of vegetarians and vegans. The daily amounts of vitamin B12 needed are small and usually well within dietary reach when consuming the foods listed above. The situation is different for vegetarians and vegans and for fully breastfed infants of vegan mothers, who are thus exposed to a high health risk. The supply of vitamin B12 can also become problematic in old age, because age-related atrophic changes in the gastric mucosa can lead to reduced formation and release of vitamin B12. According to research, it can affect up to 43% of people over the age of 60. Vitamin B12 is involved in important metabolic processes in the organism as a coenzyme. In addition to folic acid (also contained in chlorella), vitamin B12 is enormously important for lowering the homocysteine content of the blood and thus reducing the risk of vascular calcification. The immune system, energy balance and nervous system also benefit from a balanced vitamin B12 supply. In the European Union, the recommended daily dose of vitamin B12 (cobalamin) has been set at 2.5 micrograms. This is the amount an average person should consume daily to meet their vitamin B12 needs. Per daily serving, our organic spirulina & chlorella tablets contain 1.3 micrograms of vitamin B12 (cobalamin). This corresponds to 52% of the recommended daily requirement.