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Spirulina is a blue-green algae that contains 65% protein by weight and provides numerous vitamins especially B12, beta carotene, iron, gamma-linoleic acid(GLA) and chlorophyll. Spirulina also contains a unique phytochemical pigment called Phycocyanin which has high antioxidant properties.
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Spirulina is a blue-green microalgae and one of the most nutritionally complete superfoods. It contains a wide variety of essential nutrients including vitamins, macro minerals (especially iron), trace minerals, polyunsaturated fatty acids (particularly GLA), amino acids, nucleic acids (RNA and DNA), chlorophyll, and a wide spectrum of phytochemicals such as carotenoids and phycocyanins. It is a great source of protein, even more concentrated (65%) and digestible than some animal-derived proteins. Spirulina is an excellent alternative to animal protein because it is lower in fat. Spirulina also lacks cellulose-containing cell walls which allows it to be easily digested.
The chlorophyll in spirulina is one of nature’s most powerful detoxifying agents. It has been shown to be effective in removing toxins from the blood by binding to heavy metals and radioactive isotopes. For instance, in a study of people with chronic arsenic (a dangerous heavy metal) poisoning those given a supplement of spirulina plus zinc showed a significant increase is arsenic excretion, about 50% more than the placebo group.(1)
Test tube and animal model studies have shown that phycocyanin from spirulina has potent antioxidant, immunomodulating, and cholesterol-regulating properties.(2,3) A recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study confirmed these capacities in an elderly, Korean population. In both male and female participants, those who consumed spirulina daily for four months, experienced significant decreases in total blood cholesterol levels and increases in antioxidant activity, versus those given placebo.(4)
Due to its strong nutritional profile, spirulina may be able to support overall health and wellbeing by covering nutritional deficiencies.
- Misbahuddin, M., Islam, A., Khandker, S., & Islam, N. (2006). Efficacy of Spirulina Extract Plus Zinc in Patients of Chronic Arsenic Poisoning: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Study. Clinical Toxicology, 44(2), 135-141.
- Bhat, V. B., & Madyastha, K. M. (2000). C-phycocyanin: A potent peroxyl radical scavenger in vivo and in vitro. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 275(1), 20-25.
- Deng, R., & Chow, T. J. (2010). Hypolipidemic, antioxidant, and antiinflammatory activities of microalgae spirulina. Cardiovascular Therapeutics, 28(4), e33-45.
- Park, H., Lee, Y., Ryu, H., Kim, M., Chung, H., & Kim, W. (2008). A Randomized Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Establish the Effects of Spirulina in Elderly Koreans. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism Ann Nutr Metab, 52, 322-328. doi:10.1159/000151486
- Color (in powder form)
- Dark green
- Product Flavor Profile (mixed with 8-10 oz. water)
- Greens-taste, Marine-smell
- Suggested Flavor Pairings
- Pineapple Passionfruit or Pink Lemonade – Both available in caloric and non-caloric versions
- Alternative Uses: Add to…
- Cold Beverages (juice, milk, iced tea, etc.)
- Sports Drinks
- Functional Garnish