Spirulina vs Hemp Powder

Spirulina vs Hemp Powder

Total protein average:

Spirulina  57 g / 100 g

Hemp      35 g / 100 g

Proteins close-up (all the amino-acids)


Spirulina stands out for iron, and sodium and proteins which are important nutrients if you prefer to obtain easily digestible and assimilable proteins in place of a regular high protein (meat, fish, diary).

Spirulina and Hemp are both a good source of potassium which is very important to keep the sodium intake in balance (high sodium in Western diet is common).

Spirulina protein stands out for calcium, advantageously replacing dairy calcium.

Magnesium is way more abundant in Hemp than Spirulina.

Hemp has more Magnesium, Phosphorus and Zinc, important for brain & muscle relaxation and injury healing (Zinc).

The ratio Calcium-Magnesium is more balanced in Spirulina. Hemp has far more Magnesium, which is not bad either.

A magnesium deficiency will prevent this chemical action from taking place in our bodies, and no amount of calcium can correct it. While magnesium helps our body absorb and retain calcium, too much calcium prevents magnesium from being absorbed.

Average comparative value of some well known minerals:

Higher amount in bold.

Calcium in Hemp: 70 mg / 100 g

Calcium in Spirulina: 120 mg / 100 g

Magnesium in Hemp: 700 mg / 100 g

Magnesium in Spirulina: 195 mg / 100 g

Iron in Hemp powder: 8 mg / 100 g

Iron in Spirulina powd.: 29 mg / 100 g

Zinc in Hemp: 10 mg / 100 g

Zinc in Spirulina: 2 mg / 100 g

Sodium in Hemp:           5 mg / 100 g

Sodium in Spirulina: 1048 mg / 100 g (1048 mg = 1, 048 gr)

Potassium in Hemp     1200 mg / 100 g

Potassium in Spirulina 1363 mg / 100 g

Phosphorus in Hemp1650 mg / 100 g

Phosphorus in Spirulina 118 mg / 100 g

Hemp in general, wether in the form of hulled seeds or powder is creamier, more versatile  (can easily be incorporated in many recipes and daily staple food, especially breakfast cereals) and is more palatable for most of us. The creamier texture is due to the type of oils it contains.

On the other hand, Spirulina has a more strong taste and is easier to blend in salty or savory recipes, or special smoothies. It can be used sparingly and still give great health benefits. The daily dose of Hemp powder is 40 grams (4 heaped tablespoons).

Both fit perfectly in the paleo-diet.

Hemp powder & hulled seeds can have a relaxing effect as well as nourishing properties:

Their high mineral content, especially magnesium, has a phenomenal calming and relaxing effect on your muscles and your whole body. Magnesium is well known for relieving cramps.

Magnesium is enzymes and hormones friendly and can even favor sleep. Magnesium helps the release of serotonin into the brain, where it can be transformed into melatonin. Melatonin is an effective sleep aid and just a single serving of hemp (powder or seeds) contain nearly 45% of the recommended daily dose of magnesium.

The incredibly high magnesium level, also makes hemp powder a good help against stress because it supports the neurotransmitter functions which helps to reduce stress and anxiety.

Hemp powder protein will release the energy you need steadily during the day; some say it has adaptogen properties, so at the end of the day you can also use it to relax. It is good for your brain & heart.

Spirulina on the other hand is better used short before or during training. The branched amino-acid chain is more complete and in slightly higher in percentage than in hemp powder, except for a few of them, Leucine being a lot higher in Spirulina and Isoleucine, both essential amino-acids which are an important nourishment for the muscles, it has also more vit. A, B and C complex than hemp. Vitamin B complex is useful for energy build up.

The protein in Spirulina is readily assimilable. Just one or two tablespoons of Spirulina are enough for your daily needs. Finally Spirulina is better suited for loosing weight.

Hemp powder 400 calories per 100 g, (30 grams, approx 4 tbsp. = 120 calories) proteins but around 45 % fat versus 7 % for Spirulina with only 290 calories per 100 g.

Hemp has between 175 to 300 % more fat per gram than Spirulina.

Nevertheless since every human being is unique and different, you will see by your experience which of the two protein rich powder is better for you and your activity.

Here below a recap of their health benefits


1.- Boosts immunity

2.- Increases metabolic rate and stabilized energy level

3.- Achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight by reducing hunger and cravings

4.- Lowers cholesterol and and moderates blood sugar

5.- Improves the cardiovascular system

6.- Helps muscle building & regeneration

7.- Relieves the symptoms of arthritis, reduces inflammation


1.- Spirulina helps reducing cholesterol

2.- Spirulina cures allergic rhinitis (hay fever)

3.- Spirulina alleviates diabetes 2 symptoms

4.- Spirulina decreases blood pressure

5.- Spirulina reduces cholesterol

6.- Spirulina protects against oral cancer

7.- Spirulina fights fatigue

8.- Spirulina nourishes your muscles

9.- Spirulina reduces inflammation and eases PMS symptoms

10.- Spirulina keeps your eyes healthy

11.- Spirulina helps the body detox naturally

12.- Spirulina helps improve the digestive system

13.- Spirulina is beneficial against anemia