is Spirulina Algae ?
Spirulina is a microscopic blue-green algae
that exists as a single celled organism turning sunlight into
is one of the first life forms designed by nature more than 3.6
billion years ago. Spirulina contains billions of years of evolutionary
wisdom in its DNA and is an offspring of earth’s first photosynthetic
Under the microscope, Spirulina is a blue-green
color and has the appearance of a spiral of long thin threads.
Spirulina is exceedingly adaptable and occurs
in a wide variety of environments including fresh water, tropical
springs, saltwater and saltpans.
is full of nutrients and very easily digested. Commercially, Spirulina
is available as a powder, tablet and capsule or added to foods
and health tonics.
are many forms of valuable algae and in the last 40 years Spirulina
has been singled out for its nutritional properties. Long before
it became a favorite of the health food industry, Spirulina was
eaten regularly by North Africans and Mexicans centuries ago.
Now many people around the globe realize that Spirulina is a powerful
food with huge potential as a whole food source,
medicine and biochemical resource.
A great deal of research has concentrated
on the cultivation and harvesting of what is affectionately referred
to as ‘the green’. It has been described as ‘probiotic’ and a
cultivation of Spirulina has also brought interest because, as
with most micro algae, Spirulina is extremely adaptable, often
thriving in extreme conditions. With its rich nutritional goodness
and ability to grow in adverse conditions, Spirulina has a huge
potential to be a food source that will help feed and nourish
the worlds population.
As a plant, Spirulina is incredibly rich
containing a balance of nutrients that make it virtually a ‘whole
food’ capable of sustaining life without the need for other foods.
Spirulina provides vitamins, many minerals,
essential amino acids, carbohydrates and enzymes. Spirulina is
at least 60% vegetable protein, which is predigested by the algae,
making it a highly digestible food. It is higher in protein than
any other food. Its outstanding nutritional profile also includes
the essential fatty acids, GLA fatty acid, lipids, the nucleic
acids (RNA and DNA), B complex, vitamin C and E and phytochemicals,
such as carotenoids, chlorophyll (blood purifier), and phycocyanin
(a blue pigment), which is a protein that is known to inhibit
A breakdown in nutritional terms of a few
of the most commonly available supplements reveals an impressive
How is it grown?
thrives in natural alkaline lakes. Spirulina farming is part of
the new era of ecological agriculture. The key component in the
production of Spirulina is sunlight and attention is given to
measurement of temperature and oxygen levels.
pesticides and herbicides would kill many microscopic life forms
in a pond, algae scientists have learned how to balance pond ecology
without the use of these harmful substances.
form of aquaculture represents one of the solutions needed to
produce food while restoring the planet.