Spirulina is a type of micro blue-green algae that grows naturally in both salty and fresh water in subtropical climates. It is a type of bacteria called cyanobacterium, which is able to produce energy out of sunlight, through the process called photosynthesis. It has been consumed for centuries for its high nutritional value and is often referred to as the single most nutrient-dense food on earth. The quality of the protein in spirulina is considered excellent, as it is a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids that we need. This protein content makes up to 60% of the product by weight. Our spirulina is grown and harvested in fresh sterile and alkaline waters. Such conditions allow it to thrive as it incorporates and absorbs various minerals and derivative compounds into its cell structure. During cultivation, these various minerals become chelated (bonded) with amino acids, which produces a form that is much easier for human cells to absorb. Certified organic to both USDA/NOP and EU standards (view certificates) We directly import from the fresh water farms of our grower, thus reducing handling and minimizing nutrient loss Packed and processed in FDA-approved, GMP and HACCP-certified facility (view certificate) Vacuum packed for freshness Lab analysis to ensure your safety (Click “lab analysis” tab to learn more) Spirulina grows in microscopic spirals, which tend to stick together, making it easy to harvest. It has an intense blue-green color, but a relatively mild taste. Aside from supplements, Spirulina is also used as a color additive in various foods. Spirulina contains significant amounts of calcium, niacin, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron, as well as the essential amino acids (the building blocks of proteins). From a calorie point of view, Spirulina nutrition provides approximately 60 calories per tablespoon, primarily from the protein content. A tablespoon of spirulina contains a small amount of fat (approx. 1g) that comprises both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in about a 1.5:1 ratio. Health Benefits: Powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of Phycocyanin, which is also responsible for the blue-green colour. May help to lower Total cholesterol, LDL and triglyceride levels May prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol May reduce blood pressure May improve symptoms of allergic rhinitis (inflammation in the nasal airways), which are set off by various airborne allergens – pollen, animal hair or even wheat dust. May improve muscle strength and endurance through reducing oxidative damage to muscle tissue. May help to reduce blood sugar levels How to Use: The most common forms of spirulina are powder and hard case tablets. However this powder is also an ingredient in some protein and energy-boosting powder mixes. Stir a desired spoonful of spirulina powder into a glass of water or juice and drink it straight, or add it a smoothie. It can also be used as an addition to baking or natural wet desserts. The taste is fairly complex and bitter, but can be offset by using natural sweeteners like fruit (pineapple, mango, orange, etc) and various dried fruits like dates and raisins.