Spirulina & Chlorella – What’s the Difference?

The new year is upon us, and we all know it’s the time of year when we resolve to get healthy once and for all. Superfoods like spirulina and chlorella can improve energy, cardiovascular health and more, but what’s the difference between these two green powders? Read on for the answers.


Marissa Cuellar, Wellness Assistant

Spirulina and chlorella are both nutrient dense blue-green algae but contain different vitamins and minerals and have varying benefits. Chlorella and spirulina can be taken together, whether in powder form and added to juices or smoothies, or in tablet and capsule form. One main difference between the two is at the cellular level; Chlorella requires a mechanical processing to be digestible, whereas spirulina is easy for our bodies to digest without any processing.

Chlorella: rich in phytonutrients, amino acids, chlorophyll, potassium, biotin, and B-Complex vitamins.

  • Help boost energy

  • Supports a healthy immune system

  • Supports healthy hormonal function

  • Promotes cardiovascular health

  • Can help your body to process toxins

Spirulina contains more essential amino acids than chlorella and has high amounts of protein, iron, and vitamins C, D, and E, as well as minerals such as copper, magnesium, zinc, calcium, and selenium.

  • Can help eliminate candida

  • Boost energy

  • Reducing sinus inflammation

  • Also helps process toxins


Super Green Smoothie

I often add spirulina and chlorella to a green veggie smoothie to ensure that I am getting essential amino acids and a plant-based energy boost each morning! Here’s my recipe for a green smoothie that is easy to substitute with any seasonal or local produce available. Blend ingredients and top with coconut flakes, chia seeds, flax seeds, or hemp seeds!

  • 2 cups Country Life Aloe Vera Juice or C20 Coconut Water

  • 1 cup of kale or spinach

  • ¼ cup citrus fruit (orange, tangerine, grapefruit)

  • ¼ cup frozen or fresh mango

  • 1 tsp spirulina powder (Bought in bulk at the co-op)

  • 1 tsp chlorella (Bought in bulk at the co-op)

If you prefer to take a tablet or capsule, both are available in our wellness department.


  • Mountain View Essentials 500mg 100 tablets 7.99


  • NOW 1000mg 60 tablets 12.99

Spirulina and Chlorella

  • Sunfood Superfoods 250mg 228 tablets 16.99

Green Superfood

  • Amazing Grass 7.4 oz. (powder) 30 servings 26.89

This article first appeared in the 2018 first quarter Mountain View Market Co+op newsletter. It has been updated since its original publishing.

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