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Well, the uses and benefits of spirulina seem much clearer now. Yet, there is public confusion about algae. Whats the difference between spirulina, chlorella and wild blue green algae?

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Well, the uses and benefits of spirulina seem much clearer now. Yet, there is public confusion about algae. Whats the difference between spirulina, chlorella and wild blue green algae?

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There are hundreds of kinds of microscopic algae. Chlorella is a green algae. Spirulina (scientifically known as Arthrospira platensis) is a blue-green algae. Both are known to be safe and nutritious whole foods, consumed by millions of people over the past 20 years. Their safety is backed by hundreds of scientific studies. Both are cultivated in pure cultures at specially designed algaefarms. Many other kinds of algae grow wild and uncontrolled in lakes and waterways, such as the blue-green algae aphanizomenon and microcystis. They bloom on whatever nutrients or pollutants are available. Some algae, like microcystis, are toxic, just like some land plants and mushrooms. One problem harvesting wild algae like aphanizomenon, popularly called blue-green algae, is that it can be contaminated with toxic algae like microcystis. It’s important to realize the big advantage in growing a pure culture of safe spirulina in a controlled environment.

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