Many may never have expected that algae would be marketable, and yet it absolutely is!
Spirulina is a cyanobacterium, meaning it is a blue-green algae. It is found at the bottom of large bodies of water and can be seen in either salt or fresh waters. When spirulina is harvested and gathered in the raw form the consistency is similar to a paste. From that point, it undergoes a process to become a powder-like substance that can be consumed. With good reason, Spirulina is quickly becoming a hot trend in wellness culture. It can be added to juices, smoothies, salads, and taken directly as a supplement.
Spirulina is one of the oldest living organisms. The Aztecs used it for illness prevention and treatment of more serious conditions. It boomed in the 1980s when NASA claimed it had the potential to grow in Space to be consumed by astronauts. Since then, Spirulina has been a beloved superfood and supplement in holistic medicine and wellness culture.
Spirulina is often compared to Chlorella which is a green algae containing similar nutrients and benefits. Chlorella’s green color suggests it is richer in chlorophyll than Spirulina, whereas Spirulina is richer in protein and healthy fats. Some claim Spirulina is the most nutrient dense food on the planet, and while that’s debatable, it is certainly in the running.
Spirulina is abundantly rich in the following:
Spirulina contains 50-60% protein by weight and it has all of the essential amino acids. It’s often compared to eggs as a small but mighty source of protein. There are 4 grams in 1 tablespoon of Spirulina!
Vitamin B1 is commonly known as Thiamine. It is absolutely necessary for the digestion of fats and proteins. It is amazing because it helps convert food into energy which aids nutrient absorption for the entire body.
Spirulina is a dark blue-green color and is a worthy source of iron- much like many other green plants. People who don’t consume other foods that contain iron or those with anemia may consider it a good supplement.
It is widely acknowledged that dairy is the greatest source of calcium, however, Spirulina surpasses milk by 26 times! The calcium intake from Spirulina is unmatched.
The list of nutrients and benefits goes on and on. There are so many studies showing just how beneficial Spirulina powder and Spirulina supplements can be for the body, and each study brings us closer to realizing the full potential of this incredible plant. It is important to note dosage information and warnings as this superfood is power-packed and should not be overused. If you have questions about the dosage of Spirulina in your formula, we can help!
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