Four Sigma Foods 101 – Spirulina
Spirulina is one of the most ancient of all Earth’s plants, and one of its most important. In fact, this microscopic plant played a major role in forming our oxygen atmosphere, some 3.5 billion years ago.
Though often referred to as a type of algae of the genus Spirulina, it is, technically speaking, a type of blue-green bacteria (cyanobacteria) and its true genus name is Arthrospira. That’s a subject for the biologists and botanists to worry about, though. We’ll go ahead and call it by its best-known name, spirulina, and talk about the truly significant aspects of this fascinating organism.
Spirulina has been an important food source for various cultures. The Aztecs and other Mesoamericans used it until the 16th century, and their ancestors still use it today. In Chad, it has been harvested and eaten by the Kanembu people since the 9th century, collecting it from Lake Chad and baking it into cakes called Dihé.
Spirulina is loaded with nutrients the body craves. Between 60 and 65% of spirulina’s weight is top-quality, complete and easily-assimilated protein
Why Use Spirulina?
When you combine today’s busy lifestyle with highly processed modern foods, you can easily end up with a body assaulted by too many toxins, and short on the nutrients it needs to flourish: macronutrients (high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, fats), micronutrients (vitamins, macrominerals and trace minerals) and phytonutrients (chemical compounds occurring naturally in plants).
Spirulina is loaded with nutrients the body craves. Between 60 and 65% of spirulina’s weight is top-quality, complete and easily-assimilated protein. It is more protein-dense and more digestible than beef, pork, poultry – or any other sort of meat whatsoever. Though most plants contain little or no vitamin B12, spirulina is a fine source of this crucial nutrient – along with several other B vitamins, and vitamins E and K. Spirulina is rich in macrominerals, trace minerals, omega-3 fatty acids (including GLA – gamma-linoleic acid), mucopolysaccharides, chlorophyll and beta-carotene.
Yet another of spirulina’s intense benefits is its bountiful stores of phytonutrients. There is evidence that these stimulate the immune system, cleanse and detoxify the body, and facilitate rapid, on-demand energy release.
Find more information about Spirulina from our ebook Sovereign Superfoods.
How to Use Spirulina
There are three major forms of spirulina: powder, capsules and tablets. Capsules and tablets are the generally considered the most convenient forms. Since spirulina is food, rather than a medicine or synthetic multivitamin product, it is safe to enjoy as much as you like, whenever you like. Spirulina powder is great for mixing with smoothies, juices or other beverages – even with just plain water. Whatever form you use, it’s recommended that you not heat spirulina – doing so can alter some of its delicate biological components and reduce or destroy their effectiveness.PWRDF
Where to Buy Spirulina
Spirulina products can be bought from almost any health food or natural food store, throughout America, Western Europe and much of Asia. We at FSF have tried and enjoyed the following products:
Starwest Botanicals Organic Spirulina Powder (the best value for money)
Amazon US (Affiliate*): Starwest Botanicals Organic Spirulina Powder
Amazon US: Starwest Botanicals Organic Spirulina
Earthrise Natural Spirulina Tablets (the most convenient way to use spirulina)
Amazon US (Affiliate*): Earthrise Natural Spirulina Tablets
Amazon US: Earthrise Natural Spirulina Tablets
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