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A unicellular green alga belonging to the genus Chlorella, it is grown via photosynthesis in open freshwater habitats. It’s a close cousin to the saltwater-sourced Spirulina. There are more than a hundred Chlorella species and known for its nutrient rich properties and as a plant-derived source of iron.
Marine algae is used as a natural source of vitamin D to:
For several centuries there has been a traditional use of seaweeds as food in China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.
1. American Scientist, accessed 14 Dec 2020, The Science of Seaweed
2. Sustainable Energy Ireland, accessed 14 Dec 2020, A review of the Potential of Marine Algae as a Source of Biofuel in Ireland (2009)
With a history of human consumption dating back to the Aztec period, Spirulina is one of the oldest life forms on Earth. In fact, this simple life – form is partly responsible for the Great Oxidation Event, where scientists believe it was producing oxygen in the planet’s atmosphere billions of years ago, which triggered the evolution of complex life. Its oxygen production allowed the planet’s originating life forms to begin and develop.