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Spirulina Powder (Organic)
Spirulina plantensis is an edible food supplement version of a microscopic algae organism with a blue-green hue. Each organism is made up of a single cell, and can be found in a variety of different watery environments including marine, tropical, and salt pan regions.
This plant is considered one of the earliest forms of life and goes back many millions of years. It can be consumed as a food, or as a food supplement. Humans have been using it for centuries because it has a wide variety of vitamins and nutrients present in it and can help people sustain their lives and general well being on a budget. Even though it is difficult to farm, because of its popularity it is making way for a new type of farming dedicated purely towards microorganisms since this alone is such a useful food source.
Due to the environment that this algae is usually found in, it is able to absorb both the rich amino acids and all of the vitamins present in the water, compacting them all in the form of a single celled organism which can then be consumed to reap those benefits of those vitamins later by putting them directly into the body.
As a bonus, spirulina acts as a great source of vitamin B12, essential fatty acids, beta carotene, and chlorophyll. Some of these elements are only present in high amounts in the diets of meat eaters and other nutrients like beta-carotene and chlorophyll are useful in that they help the body get rid of toxins and act as antioxidants which further promote a healthy immune system by getting rid of free radicals. Also, even though carrots are generally credited with being one of the richest sources of beta-carotene, as it turns out, the amount in spirulina is ten times that which is in carrots.
Because of the amount of nutrients in it which are present in meat and which most people usually receive from meat in their own personal diets; spirulina has been the number one choice in supplements for people with a vegetarian diet. It even has these nutrients in quantities that are sufficient enough to use it as a regular supplement (in other words, you need not eat thirty six spoonfuls of spirulina to get the effect of one forkful of steak, they level out just about. It even has more protein in it then soybeans which are traditionally cited as the best source of protein when on a vegetarian diet.
Health Benefits Provided by Spirulina
Spirulina has such positive nutritional content that it is called the world’s richest whole food which can be found naturally. Not only that, but it is sometimes called “green food” as well due to the fact that it has such an enormous amount of healthy minerals in it and it also has such low calorie content (only coming in at 2.9 calories per gram). And if using this as a supplement for protein specifically this is less than ¾ the amount of calories in protein per gram.
Due to the large amount of iron in spirulina, it helps to promote the creation of new red blood cells too. Not only does spirulina contain high protein content within it, but it also has nutrients in it which increase the body’s ability to absorb protein. This means that it even makes any other protein being consumed by the person more effective than if they had just consumed the protein alone. In this way, spirulina may even be a better source of protein than most meat. Spirulina contains a concentration of very single essential amino acid as well. These are amino acids that the body cannot survive without, but that we cannot produce ourselves which means we have to get them through other dietary means. Spirulina is thus, the one stop shop for essential amino acids which help to repair the body when it is damaged in any way and keep it running regularly. Those who have a poor diet which is mostly made up of processed foods such as chips and microwaveable meals as well as those people that identify as vegetarian or vegan should all consider taking this supplement to make up for the nutrients that their diet is lacking. Taking spirulina has never resulted in toxic effects according to any reports.
Serving Size & Timing
It is suggested that spirulina be taken in servings of 5 grams, to be consumed three times per day for a total of 15 grams. When purchased in smaller supplies, spirulina only comes in packages of about 3-10 grams altogether. Buying it in bulk though will get you much more value for your money. It is suggested that there were some cultures in Africa (before the modern day of course) that had dried cakes made out of purely spirulina and consumed in excess of 250g (making up about half of what they ate per day) daily with no negative side effects.
Supplement FactsServing size: 9000 milligrams
Serving per container: *
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 5
|% Daily Value**|
|Total Fat < 1 g||<1%|
|Carbohydrate 1.8 g||<1%|
|Vitamin A (as Beta Carotine) 30750 IU||615%|
|Calcium 9 mg||<1%|
|Iron 11 mg||62%|
|Sodium 86 mg||4%|
** Based on 2,000 calorie diet
Sugar, Soy, dairy, yeast, gluten or additives
As a dietary supplement, take 9 grams (1 tbsp) daily, or as directed by a physician.
|US Standard Measuring Spoons|
INGREDIENTS & FURTHER INFORMATION
There are no fillers of any kind present in spirulina.
Spirulina Side Effects
As long as suggested serving size is adhered to, negative side effects are unlikely to be experienced. However it is possible that minor side effects such as muscle pain, headache, and sweating may occur as a result of taking spirulina. Some people may be allergic to this product and of course those with allergies should avoid consuming it. As far as medicinal reactions are concerned, there has never been a reaction reported between spirulina and any other medication. However, growing spirulina in waters that are heavy with toxins can result in these toxins being absorbed by the plant and then being put in your body when you consume them. For this reason it is best to avoid spirulina that is being sold by anyone that you are not sure about.
This algae has a blue-green hue to it and has the taste and scent of marine water (such as you might smell at sea world). It can be combined easily with water or juice however it is important that before adding it to things such as smoothies, it is best to blend with a small bit of water first and then add it. It can even be added to foods such as dips, sauces, soups, and casseroles. This product comes in vacuum sealed bags to maintain freshness, but in order to preserve the function and safety of the bag itself and make sure that nothing else is harmed in between it may be best to put these bags in an area that is free from light, heat and moisture just to make sure potency is preserved.