Algae spirulina, chlorella and klamath: what differences?
Higher levels of proteins in the plant world, vitamins of all groups, trace elements, minerals, amino acids, unsaturated fatty acids: no doubt, some algae have a beneficial effect on our health. Spirulina, chlorella and klamath are among the "remarkable micro-algae".
But what are the differences between these three algae?
Here are the answers. Wild or cultivated algae Spirulina, chlorella and klamath are all blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria), known for their health benefits. It is freshwater algae, rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. Klamath can only be found in one place on earth, the elevation lake of the same name, in Oregon, United States. This micro-alga is scientifically named Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae or AFA. For their part, spirulina and chlorella are more common algae; they are part of the traditional pharmacopoeia in several regions of the world, Africa, Japan and Mexico for example. Spirulina such as chlorella are nowadays cultivated, which reduces their wild nature, but provides additional safety for consumers through the controls carried out. We must know that these blue green algae, of which there are some 7,500 species, are cyanobacteria, and that in this family of multiple strains are toxic.
Klamath can also suffer from pollution problems in the form of microcystins - dangerous for the liver - that develop in the waters of the American lake. This has prompted WHO to issue a warning about it. In addition, according to the AFFSSA - French Agency for Food Safety - Klamath "does not have all the guarantees of safety" and "its effects on well-being are not scientifically substantiated", which is against the case for spirulina for example.
The properties specific to the three algae On a nutritional level, klamath is richer in vitamins, trace elements and minerals than spirulina. It is reputed to be a "superfood", even the most complete food on the planet, that boosts immune defenses and improves intellectual performance. Containing phycocyanin and phenylethylamine, AFA is also recommended for osteoarthritis, inflammatory problems and mood disorders. Spirulina is itself richer in iron and for this reason, it is recommended especially for athletes and people suffering from dietary deficiencies, or even anemia. As for chlorella, it is the only one to contain chlorophyll, which has a detoxifying action on the body, helps eliminate toxins and stimulates blood circulation. It is also an absorption chelator, particularly with regard to heavy metals.