Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about our products? Do you want to learn more about spirulina and chlorella algae? We have answers to many frequently asked questions (FAQs). Please let us know if you have additional questions at

Who should take algae tabs?

Everyone. Our algae tablets are “Bits® of food” that contain so much nutrition, anyone of any age will benefit enormously from them. Athletes, fitness enthusiasts, children, working professionals, bio-hackers, moms, students, grandparents and everyone in between. Even pets. Our algae is for everyone. And it’s safe.

What’s in algae tabs?

One ingredient: algae. That’s it. Nothing else. Nada. Zippo. No sugar, no caffeine, no gluten, no soy, no additives, no GMOs, no preservatives, no binders, nothing artificial, nothing added, nothing subtracted. Just 100% algae. 100% green, 100% healthy, 100% raw, and 100% pure. Straight from Mother Nature. Thanks Mom.

How many products do you have?

We have four products.

ENERGYbits Four Brands of Bits
  1. ENERGYbits® are 100% Spirulina algae. ENERGYbits give you steady energy, physically and mentally. With 64% protein, B vitamins and 40 other nutrients, these bits boost your performance and focus and satisfy hunger. Perfect for busy consumers and athletes who need more energy without jeopardizing their health with chemicals or sugar. Don’t like greens? These are your answer!
  2. RECOVERYbits® are 100% Chlorella algae. RECOVERYbits help build your immune system and remove toxins. Removes lactic acid after sports and helps prevent colds, even for kids. Highest concentration of chlorophyll and RNA/DNA in the world supports longevity and anti-aging.
  3. VITALITYbits® are 50% Chlorella algae and 50% Spirulina algae. VITALITYbits help improve your vitality thanks to their blend of two algae: spirulina for energy and chlorella for immune support and anti-aging. A great food-based replacement for your multi-vitamin. Simplicity and vitality all in one.
  4. SKINNYbits® are 100% Spirulina algae. SKINNYbits have a high concentration of protein (64%). A handful can fill you up for hours for one skinny calorie per tab. Hello skinny jeans! These bits have 40 nutrients, 64% protein and lots of healthy fats that not only leave you feeling full and satisfied, they also boost your skin and hair heath. A high-protein, low-calorie beauty snack!

Where can I buy your products?

We offer three ways to purchase our BITS! You can purchase bags online from our website, single servings or boxes of single servings from wellness practitioners and specialty retailers or you can purchase both bags and single servings from Amazon.

ENERGYbits Four Brands of Bits

Our Website

You can purchase bags of 1,000 tablets on our website where we sell all four brands: ENERGYbits, RECOVERYbits, SKINNYbits and VITALITYbits.

ENERGYbits Box of Single Servings
RECOVERYbits Box of Single Servings
SKINNYbits Box of Single Servings

Wellness Practitioners and Specialty Retailers Nationwide

You can purchase single servings of ENERGYbits, RECOVERYbits and SKINNYbits from wellness practitioners, nutritionists, doctors, chiropractors, yoga studios, fitness studios and other health and wellness specialty retailers nationwide. Each single serving contains 30 algae tablets. To find a retailer near you, please use our store locator feature.

ENERGYbits Family Packaging Shot
RECOVERYbits Family Packaging Shot
SKINNYbits Family Packaging Shot


You can purchase both bags of 1,000 tablets, single servings of 30 tablets or boxes of single servings from Amazon and if you have Amazon Prime, you will enjoy free shipping.

Do you sell in Canada or internationally?

We ship to Canada everyday! And there are a few wellness practitioners/retailers who sell our products in Canada but not many (yet!). We hope to have more retail options for you soon and if you are interested in retailing or distributing our products in Canada please contact our CEO Catharine Arnston. We also ship internationally to virtually every country other than Australia where we have a local dealer/retailer who sells our products through their website. If you are an international distributor or retailer we would welcome working with you too. Please contact us with all inquiries.

When do I take ENERGYbits or SKINNYbits?

You can take them all day but we recommend them in the morning to help you wake up for your busy day. Also be sure to take them before a run or any athletic or mental activity. Also take them whenever are hungry or tired, before a meal if you want to eat less, or instead of a meal if you are on a weight loss program.

When do I take RECOVERYbits?

You can take them all day but we recommend them in the evening since they can help you detox and repair your body while you are sleeping. Take RECOVERYbits after drinking alcohol to help reduce the chance of hangover. And, if you take them before a meal, they may help with digestion and IBS.

Is there a difference between the tabs?


  1. ENERGYbits helps give you physical and mental energy and is a healthy, high protein snack
  2. RECOVERYbits helps support your immune system, detox, recovery from sports & digestion
  3. VITALITYbits are a blend of both algae & can be a food-based replacement for your multi-vitamin
  4. SKINNYbits helps reduce hunger, improve skin & hair health and boost energy and focus

All of our Bits have the highest concentration of protein found in the world (over 60%); the highest concentration of beta carotene, iron, chlorophyll and antioxidants in the world, over 40 vitamins including most B-vitamins; and electrolytes like magnesium, potassium and much more. All for just one calorie/ tab.

What is the difference between ENERGYbits and SKINNYbits?

There is NO difference at all between SKINNYbits and ENERGYbits. They are exactly the same – it’s just a branding/packaging difference. The reason why we have two spirulina algae brands is because our founder started this company as a result of her younger sister developing breast cancer. As a result, women’s health is very important to the company. But for the first couple of years of business, women simply weren’t purchasing our algae – it was all men. Our founder asked other females why they weren’t customers and their honest reply was that they didn’t like the name ENERGYbits and they didn’t like the fact that the packaging was blue. So our founder decided to create a second brand of spirulina, packaged in pink with a fun, girly name: SKINNYbits. Just these two small changes are all that was needed to help women feel more comfortable buying our algae and now we sell to as many women as we do men.

ENERGYbits and SKINNYbits are the SAME. They are BOTH 100% organic non-GMO spirulina algae, they are absorbed within 10 minutes, are loaded with 40 vitamins, including all the B-vitamins, have the highest concentration of protein in the world and deliver a steady stream of energy, all without sugar, caffeine, chemicals, soy, gluten, animal products or stomach distress. They also stop hunger and provide a mental wake up. All naturally!

How many do you take?

We recommend 30 tabs/per serving. Most people need 30 tabs at once to feel an increase in energy and to experience a difference in their health. But before you gasp in horror, remember our Bits are food, not pills. Think of them as you would nuts. You wouldn’t eat just one nut if you were hungry, would you? No, you would have a handful. Bits are the same! Just one handful gives you energy and focus, 40 vitamins and minerals, healthy fats, and all the greens you need for the day plus 5 grams of protein (for just one calorie per tab). And if you feel full and energized with a smaller amount, that's great. By the way, most people swallow their Bits but if you like their clean, green taste (like we do!) you can chew them or add them to smoothies, salads, trail mix or even make happy faces with them on your plate. Algae is happy food!

Is there a maximum you can take?

No, not really because they are food. Just like you can’t overdose on a salad, you can’t really overdose on algae either. But like everything, it’s best to listen to your own body. Each tab is just one calorie and is over 60% protein so they are a fast, easy, efficient and healthy snack to have any time of day. Our Founder has 2-3 servings every day and she feels great! By the way, once you are taking 30 tabs/day, your body will be getting so much nutrition, you may not need other vitamins, your desire for snack foods or sugar will be reduced or disappear completely and you'll probably will buy fewer groceries. Even NASA is quoted as saying: “1 kg of algae has the nutritional equivalent of 1,000 kg of fruits and vegetables.” Sweet.

Why do I need to take so many?

Because they are tiny. That’s why we call them “Bits.” And like we said, you don’t eat just one nut at a time do you? Well, our Bits are the same way. You need a handful of them to help get rid of hunger or to help boost your energy. Think of them as a “Bit” of a low calorie, high protein meal or snack. We made them this tiny because most people swallow them and since many people have a swallowing disorder, we wanted it to be easy for them. Besides, we think they’re cute this way.

How do you take them?

We suggest you SWALLOW your Bits with a glass of water (you need extra water anyway because your body needs water to process protein). However, if you like the clean green taste of algae (like we do!) you can totally chew them. That’s why we called our algae tablets “bits” because they are “bits of food.” They are also great to add as a garnish on anything or snack on them with a spoonful of nut butter. Any time you are getting your bits, you are giving your body nourishing chlorophyll & plant protein. We like to eat ours with berries. Yum. The options are endless. You get the same health benefits whether you swallow or chew them and they turbo-charge your meals or your snacks with nutrition.

What do they taste like?

"Green" and a bit like nuts. We’re not actually sure if “green” is a flavor but if you chew your Bits you will find they taste green! If you swallow them, there is no taste and there is also no “after taste” or "repeat" (as you find with fish oil). The "green" flavor is all natural and comes from the pigment called chlorophyll. Algae has the highest concentration of chlorophyll in the world- particularly RECOVERYbits which are chlorella algae. Chlorella has 1,000 x more chlorophyll than greens so if you have never been a fan of eating greens, we have good news for! Just one serving of RECOVERYbits per day will give you all the green nutrition you need (no cooking, no cleaning, no kidding).

ENERGYbits and SKINNYbits are spirulina algae which have less chlorophyll than chlorella algae and they taste different primarily because they have more protein and Essential Fatty Acids (including Omega 3, DHA and GLA). That’s why ENERGYbits and SKINNYbits are “chewier" than RECOVERYbits and they may stick to your teeth for a few seconds but after you swish with water, you’re all set. RECOVERYbits do not stick to your teeth and taste a bit like soy nut. We love them and we eat them all day. They’re our favorite snack! We haven’t found any other snack satisfies cravings and nourishes your body at the same time like BITS.

When do you take them?

Anytime. Take them morning, noon and night. Take them all day or all night. You can take them alone or with food. If you take them before meals, you may want to eat less, and they can help aid your digestion. But since they do different things, here’s an easy rule of thumb:

  1. ENERGYbits: Take any time but especially in the morning to jump-start your day! Take them before a run or before any athletic or mental activity or anytime you are fatigued or hungry
  2. RECOVERYbits: Take any time but especially at night since your body detoxes while you sleep. Take them after sports for faster recovery. Will remove alcohol and all toxins (eg. mercury, lead)
  3. VITALITYbits: Take any time These are a great replacement for your one-a-day vitamin
  4. SKINNYbits: Take any time when hungry, before any athletics or as part of your beauty routine

You can really take any of our Bits any time but if you want a superior athletic performance, take ENERGYbits before you work out and if you want to recover faster or prevent a hangover, take RECOVERYbits after your workouts or after drinking wine or alcohol. Sometimes you need two servings of RECOVERYbits to do the trick if you have a large build. By the way, none of our algae Bits will disturb your sleep and in fact, the high protein in them will likely help you sleep better. Night nite. Sweet dreams.

Are they safe?

Yes. Our algae Bits are 100% safe for all ages, from babies to seniors. Algae has been safely used for over 50 years worldwide (including in the USA for over 50 years). We even read that newborn babies in Japan are fed spirulina algae if they cannot digest mother’s milk (spirulina’s nutritional profile is almost identical to mother’s milk). For children, we generally recommend you give them the same number of bits per day as their age (eg for a 3 year old, give them up to 3 bits, for a 4 year old give them up to 4 bits per day etc). Once they are teenagers or if they are very active in sports you can start giving them a full adult serving size of 30 tablets per day. Remember, Bits are food. We refer to our tablets because they are “bits of food”, not pills. They contain no compounds, chemicals, sugar, caffeine, gluten or anything artificial. Just jaw-dropping amounts of protein and nutrition. Algae has no known drug interactions however if you have any concerns or are scheduled for surgery, we always recommend you speak with your health care professional. We are not medical professionals nor are we allowed to provide any kind of medical advice. That is why we are required by the FDA to provide this disclaimer: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.”

Are there any negative side effects?

No. There are no reported negative side effects. Well, that is, unless you consider great health, unlimited energy and a life full of vitality a negative side effect?

We do, however, want to be sure you know that RECOVERYbits are 100% chlorella – a detoxing algae. So, if you have a lot of toxins in your body (from mercury, alcohol, processed food, etc.) you may experience some detox side effects such as mild headaches, temporary acne, and short term stomach upset. These side effects would occur from any detox method so if they happen to you, it’s important to know you are not allergic or reacting to the algae. You are simply having detox affects. During a detox, the toxins are pulled out of your cells, enter your blood stream and on their way out of your body, they cause detox symptoms. It doesn’t happen to everyone but when it does, it could last two to ten days. Most people experience do NOT have any detox effects. But if you do, wouldn’t you rather put up with a few days of inconvenience to get rid of toxins that otherwise would stay in your body, silently doing damage? Please note however, a VERY SMALL number of people cannot tolerate chlorella at all (just like some people can’t tolerate nuts). If you are one of the VERY FEW people who cannot tolerate chlorella, you will know within minutes because you will likely have diarrhea and may even vomit (sorry to be so graphic but we want you to know the truth). If you want to be sure you can tolerate chlorella before you purchase an entire bag, we encourage you to visit where you can purchase single servings and even get PRIME shipping). Once you are sure you are OK tolerating chlorella, you are all set. Woo hoo.

By the way, there are NO detox effects from spirulina algae (ENERGYbits, SKINNYbits or VITALITYbits). However since all our algae have VERY high amounts of nutrition, some people occasionally experience a slight discomfort like temporary flushing of their face (which is from the high amount niacin). If you experience this or any other mild discomfort please know it is rare, temporary, not dangerous and merely your body adjusting to dense nutrition. Please always consult your medical physician if you have concerns.

Is there research to back this up?

Yes. There have been 100,000 scientific and nutritional studies done on algae, making it the most studied food in the world. Not a single negative medical outcome has ever been found from algae that is carefully harvested as a food crop like ours is. But keep in mind, not all algae suppliers are equal. Be sure you are buying yours from a highly reputable source, like us. We have the highest production standards in the world. We have ISO 9000 certification, GMP certification, are NON-GMO, grown organically and we have all our algae tested in the USA by an FDA-approved lab for purity, safely and nutritional density. We provide these lab tests to medical professionals and practitioners who sell or recommend our algae to their clients so they can be 100% confident it is safe and toxin-free. We have many spent years ensuring we use only the top techniques and have the highest quality control standards and measures. If you want to put the best algae in your body, you've come to the right place.

What are the benefits?

The list of benefits is almost endless. Our algae tabs are loaded with protein and nutrition, which is why you feel so good when you take them. They are particularly beneficial to anyone who travels a lot including executives or professional athletes and performers who need energy and protein to keep their endurance and performance edge. Our high protein Bits are a portable, predictable and guaranteed source of protein and nutrition - something that is tough to find when you are always travelling to meetings, games, competitions and performances. Bits are your answer. They deliver nutrition and slip into your pocket so they can travel everywhere with you. The nutritional profiles of our algae tabs are actually so long that we couldn’t possibly list everything here. So check out the labels on each product page.

Is your algae really that amazing? Is it Eco-Friendly and Sustainable?

Yes. Algae is the super hero of “super foods." Why? Because research shows that algae has the densest nutritional profile of any food in the world so it helps your body and your immune system to work efficiently. Algae is also the original source of Omega-3 (it’s where the fish get their Omega-3 from). So if you want to help preserve the ocean’s eco-system and support sustainable farming, algae is your answer. Algae is the most eco-friendly, sustainable crop in the world. Did you know our algae uses one tenth of the water as traditional crops, it generates 100 times more protein per acre than cattle ranching and captures carbon dioxide while it’s growing. Algae also releases so much oxygen to the air that it provides over 80% of oxygen on earth and it helps slow the deterioration of the ozone layer. Yup. Algae is as good for Mother Earth as it is for you. Makes sense when you think about it. After all, algae has been here a lot longer than we have. Did you know algae was the first plant life of earth 3.5 billion years ago?

Want to help save our planet Earth? Then please take our algae and tell your friends to take it too. And if algae’s eco-friendly, sustainable benefits weren’t exciting enough, consider that forty years ago the United Nations declared spirulina algae to be the answer to world hunger. We hope to do our part with solving world hunger once we get bigger. But first we want to help you get your health and energy back, so that’s our focus right now. We hope that our algae tabs will help you understand the wonders of algae including its remarkable ability to help:

  1. Build your immune system
  2. Give you more energy and focus
  3. Remove toxins
  4. Reduce hunger
  5. Biohack your brain and body for maximum longevity and performance

Algae delivers all of these benefits and more for just one calorie per tab. It may even help keep you young because it has the highest concentration of DNA/RNA in the world. Yeah algae.

Is your algae really that amazing? Is it Eco-Friendly and Sustainable?

You get an average of 5 grams of protein in a serving of 30 tabs.

But, in reality, the amount of protein that your body gets from our Bits is much higher. This is because 100% of the protein in our algae Bits is bio-available. In other words, your body absorbs all of it. This is in contrast to animal protein which is only 22% protein and on average, you only absorb 10%-20% of it. This is because most of us don't have all the necessary co-factors and enzymes in our intestines to break the protein down to amino acids. The only way your body can absorb protein is in amino acid form. But the protein in algae is already in amino acid form so you absorb it all. As a result, your body is actually absorbing up to 10 times more than the number above suggests. So the bio-available amount of protein in a single serving of 30 tabs is as if you had eaten 50 grams of protein.

What is the type of Chlorella/Spirulina used and from what country is it sourced?

The chlorella we grow is chlorella pyrenoidosa which is the higher quality, higher protein chlorella. Chlorella is a green algae.

The spirulina we grow is spirulina platensis which is the higher quality, higher protein spirulina. Spirulina is a blue-green algae.

Is it grown in sunlight?

Yes. It is grown outdoors in fresh water tanks in Taiwan that are tested daily for purity. Taiwan is known as setting the “gold standard” for algae and is recognized for having the best algae in the world. The company that grows our algae has been growing algae for almost 50 years and has all the top certifications including GMP (Good Manufacturing Procedures) and ISO9000 certification.

What is the method used to break open the chlorella's cell wall? (Dyno-Milled, Pressure-Release, Spray Dried or Sound Vibration)

Sound Vibration is used to crack the cell wall. This is the only method that guarantees there will not be any lead in the chlorella and also this is the only method that preserves all the nutrition since high heat is not used.

Are they organic?

Yes, we grow our algae organically and it is NON-GMO. One ingredient.

Are they verified toxin-free?

Yes all our algae are verified to be free of BMAA, heavy metals and radiation. All our algae is certified in Taiwan and we spend tens of thousands of dollars here in the USA to have it tested again by an FDA-approved lab. We provide these lab tests only to doctors, nutritionists and other professionals who we work with so they can assure their patients of the purity, safety and nutritional profile of all our algae.

I'd like to have a copy of your certificate of analysis, will you send it to me?

We're sorry but for confidential reasons, we do not provide these Certificates to the general public. However we are happy to provide them to any doctors, nutritionists and other wellness practitioners who we work with and who recommend or retail our algae to their community so they can be 100% confident of the safety, purity and nutritional density of our algae.

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What if I have more questions?

If we have not been able to answer your question here, please feel free to email us at or call our Boston office at 617-886-5106 and we would be happy to provide you more details, send you research or help in any way we can. Your body and Mother Nature thank you! And we do too!

Thanks for loving your body to bits!