Informing Spirulina Facts

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Spirulina Facts….what an interesting topic. Spirulina is somewhat known by most as a nutritional supplement, but we tend to think it should be known more as a nutritional wholefood, since it is in the form of food, and be added to your dishes (smoothies) just like anything else.

Spirulina Facts – About

Algae – spirulina is a spiral shaped blue - green alga (tends to be fairly large) that gets its green coloring from its rich chlorophyll content.

Grown – you can find spirulina being grown in salt water and some fresh water lake although they tend to grow better in a salt water habitat.

Size – spirulina grows and ranges in size, but traditionally speaking, they tend to be a larger algae commonly being 0.5 millimeters in length, close to a 100 times the size of most “normal” algae’s.

Spirulina Facts – Nutrition

Protein – spirulina has a very high protein concentration, being 60% to 70% of its dry body weight. You can effectively evaluate the value of a protein type by judging its amino acid profile.

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein; therefore, protein powders are directly related to they’re amino acid profile. If it’s a high quality protein then it will contain a complete amino acid profile – just make sure the ingredients are natural, you don’t want a synthetic protein powder.

Spirulina contains the protein as well as the amino acids; therefore, it’s an excellent source of protein!

Vitamin Content – spirulina has an excellent vitamin content. It’s a very rich source of vitamin B12 – which is necessary for healthy energy levels. Also, it contains relatively high levels of vitamin A, which is good for the eyes and as well the antioxidant lutein which is also very healthy for eye health.

Mineral Content – magnesium is a big component of spirulina and one of its jobs is to help extract energy from the foods that we consume – kind of important…right?

Spirulina also contains:

  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Zinc
  • Manganese

Spirulina Smoothies … We think So!

Smoothies are one of the easiest ways you can incorporate spirulina into your diet. Just a tsp has the potential to turn your everyday smoothie into a chlorophyll, superfood packed smoothie!

Spirulina Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies are one of the easiest ways you can incorporate spirulina into your diet. Just a tsp has the potential to turn your everyday smoothie into a chlorophyll, superfood packed smoothie!

Enjoy our Spirulina Smoothie Recipes



What we Recommend

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For Spirulina: for sure we would recommend Nutrex Hawaiian Spirulina.

This is the purest source of spirulina you will find, first of all they use ultra pure, mineral rich ocean water versus other sources of spirulina that are grown using river or irrigation water.

Hawaiian Spirulina is the way to go!

If you order through iHerb.com you can receive $5 to $10 off your first order!




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