What is Spirulina and Why Should I Care?
Spirulina is a blue-green algae. More specifically, it is a microscopic algae, so it
is called a microalgae. But really, unless you are going for a degree in microbiology, what does
any of this really matter to you??? Don't worry, in this article we will explain what spirulina is and why you should care!
Let's Get the Spirulina Terminology Out of the Way
Okay, take a large sip of whatever caffeinated beverage you have on hand and let's get
this boring stuff out of the way. Spirulina (technically Spirulina platensis), is a
spiral shaped multicellular blue-green microalgae. Spirulina grows in the water - both
fresh water and sea water. The blue-green color of Spirulina comes from the
high concentration of something called phycocyanin (more on this later). Spirulina is
believed to be one of the planet's most ancient forms of plant life.
Sounds Like, Spirulina Is Something Only a Biologist Would Get Excited About
While biologist do love a sexy old blue-green algae like Spirulina, once you learn about
the nutritional properties of Spirulina - you too will fall in love with an algae!
Take a look at the Nutritional Properties of Spirulina:
For a tiny little water plant - Spirulina packs an incredible nutritional profile!
- Contains high concentrations of 18 Vitamins and Minerals
- Rich in Chlorophyll
- Contains ALL essential amino acids
- 65% of Spirulina is Protein
- Rich in gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) - an anti-inflammatory Omega 6 Fatty Acid
- 100x the Vitamin A of Carrots
- 50x the Iron of Spinach
- 10x the Beta Carotene of Carrots
- 7x the Calcium of Milk
- 6x the Protein of Eggs
- 3x More Iron Than Beef
- Rich in Phytonutrients and antioxidants
Click Here to View the Complete Nutritional Breakdown on Spirulina
Are You Starting to See Why Everyone Should be Excited About Spirulina?
If you are starting to feel excited, either that caffeinated beverage is starting to kick in or you are starting to
see the gift that Mother Nature has given us in Spirulina! Throughout this site we have talked about how Mother Nature
always gives us the best medicine, and Spirulina is one more perfect example of this. Spirulina is a 3.5 Billion
year old nearly perfect Super Food!
A food that is all natural, 65% protein, contains all the essentials amino acids, packed with vitamins, minerals,
phytonutrients, GLA and antioxidants - how can you not be excited about Spirulina?
Maybe you are with us on the fact that Spirulina is a nutrient rich algae, but you still need to learn how a nutrient
rich algae like Spirulina will help you. No problem, we have you covered in our next article