What is Chlorella?

Chlorella is a single-celled green algae grows in warm, freshwater lakes, natural springs and saltwater. Chlorella belongs to Chlorophyta group that is commonly known as green algae or seaweed. It has spherical shape without flagella. Chlorella was discovered in the early 19th century by a Dutch microbiologist, Dr. Martinus Willem Beijerinck after the microscope was invented due to its extremely tiny size as 3 to 8 μm. The name chlorella comes from the combination of Greek word “chloros” (green) and the Latin word “ella” meaning small.

Chlorella contains the highest amount of chlorophyll among all types of plants, rich in protein, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lutein, vitamins, minerals, calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron and healthy fats such as oleic acid. Chlorella is well-known for its usage to make nutritional supplements and medicine.

What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a blue-green algae in a spiral shaped, multi-celled with no true nucleus. It is a type of cyanobacteria that can be consumed by humans and animals.

Spirulina can grow up to a hundred times the size of Chlorella. It grows in freshwater. Spirulina requires sunshine and moderate temperature to grow. Spirulina has been consumed for many years due to its high nutritional value and health benefits. Spirulina was discovered in Lake Texcoco, Mexico by the Aztecs. The name Spirulina comes from the Latin word for Spiral which refers to the structure of the algae.

Spirulina contain around 55% - 70% protein, 9 essential and 10 non-essential amino acids, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), beta-carotene, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, vitamins, iron, calcium, chlorophyll, and phycocyanin (a pigment-protein complex that can only be found in blue-green algae). Spirulina is highly nutritious. It provides a wide range of health benefits.

  • Spirulina helps to boost energy, improve the immune system and promote the health of heart, liver and kidneys.
  • Spirulina contains an antioxidant agent known as phycocyanin that helps to prevent damage to cells and DNA. It also high in protein which is believed to curb food cravings for weight loss.

Marine Microalgae – Tetraselmis Chuii

Marine microalgae Tetraselmis is a green microalgae with flagellated cell. Tetraselmis is a group of phytoplankton (the autotrophic ‘self-feeding’ components of the plankton group that can be found in the oceans, seas and freshwater ecosystems). Tetraselmis habitat is mainly limited by water depth due to their photosynthesis nature where they need enough light and nutrients to grow.

Tetraselmis species is differ in cell size and shape where it can be round, ovoid, elliptical, flattened, compressed or combination of all shapes. Tetraselmis species have proven to give benefits for both research and industry. For instance, due to their high lipid content and fast growth rate, many of the species have been studied and tested for their use as biofuels. Nutritional values may differ among species, and under normal conditions, marine microalgae generally contains 31% protein, 12.1% carbohydrate, 17% lipid, 2-3% fibre and one of the sources of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA), which is Omega-3 fatty acid. It provides a source of essential fatty acid to fishes in aquaculture in the form of live feed. All essential amino acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine) are present in marine microalgae, making it a source of complete protein.

Marine microalgae species such as Tetraselmis Chuii is high in protein, lipids, essential fatty acids and sterols which is beneficial for our health. Tetraselmis Chuii has been used in Central American countries since decades ago in aquaculture to fed crustaceans such as shrimps and king prawns. It also contains antioxidant source that can help fights free radicals in the body. The chlorophyll pigments in Tetraselmis Chuii make it as a potential candidate to be utilized as a natural antioxidant.

Now you can enjoy the benefits of marine microalgae Tetraselmis Chuii in your everyday diet. Formulated as a functional food with a myriad of health benefits, MicroAlgae+ by Vii Nutrition is the superfood that you must grab today.

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