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Spirulina is a vivid blue-green algae that commonly grows in freshwater lakes and ponds. It's considered a complete protein, containing an ideal balance of all 9 essential amino acids. And its protein is more digestible than other rich protein sources such as red meat and even soy.
Spirulina's whopping protein content isn't the only asset that gives it its superfood status—it's naturally loaded with vitamins A through E, iron, potassium, calcium, and antioxidants. All it takes is one to two teaspoons per day, mixed into virtually any food or liquid, to add a major boost of protein, vitamins and minerals to your everyday diet.
What is Spirulina and Where Does It Come From?
Our spirulina is a blue-green algae that is grown in open-channel, shallow, man-made raceway ponds. Paddle wheels move the water to accelerate growth while growers continually add clean, fresh water and nutrients to the ponds to keep the spirulina thriving. When ready, the spirulina is harvested with filters, washed in fresh water, and then dried by spray drying machines. Our spirulina is non-irradiated and non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism).
How to Eat Spirulina
To enjoy this superfood, mix 1 teaspoon of the powder in liquids, smoothies, salad dressings, guacamole, or sprinkle it in food. It'll blend right in with the smoky taste of seaweed and give your meal superpowers! Blend the superpowder with fruits and yogurt for a spirulina smoothie, or combine it with avocados for a guacamole dip. On the right-hand side of the page, you can find even more delicious spirulina recipes.
Our Registered Dietitian's Top Pick
Our Registered Dietitian and Health Nut likes to add spirulina to guacamole to boost protein content of the heart-healthy dip. Spirulina is about 55-77% protein by weight compared with 27% of meat and 34% of soy. This means that one ounce boasts 16 grams of protein.
Spirulina Health Benefits
1. Because its cell walls have no cellulose, spirulina's protein is 85%-95% digestible. This percentage is higher than that of any other common plant!
2. Spirulina has an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of over 24,000, which is four times the ORAC score of blueberries! The ORAC score measures the antioxidant concentration in foods.
3. Spirulina also contains a wide range of minerals, ranging from calcium to potassium to zinc. Amino acids play a key role in our body's ability to efficiently use these minerals - and spirulina contains all 9 essential amino acids!
4. Spirulina has 26 times the calcium of milk, which makes it a more potent alternative to common calcium sources such as dairy and cheeses.
5. Spirulina may lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Its anti-inflammatory properties stem from the presence of gamma linolenic acid. A 2007 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that spirulina consumption protected hamsters from developing atherosclerosis, the build-up of plaque inside arteries.
6. Spirulina can help manage blood glucose levels in diabetic patients. A 2001 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food observed the effect of spirulina consumption in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The diabetic patients experienced lower blood glucose levels, triglyceride levels, and LDL "bad" cholesterol levels.
What Experts Say
SHAPE Magazine:"A daily 4,500mg dose of this blue-green algae can help relax artery walls and normalize blood pressure. It may also help your liver balance your blood fat levels-decreasing your LDL cholesterol by 10% and raising HDL cholesterol by 15 percent."
Dr. Oz from the Dr. Oz Show:"For a metabolism-boosting snack, blast off with spirulina. Made from dehydrated blue-green algae, spirulina is a miracle from the sea for your metabolism. It's packed with protein and all the essential amino acids your body needs to keep your metabolism charged up by fueling your cells."
Spirulina Through the Ages
Named the "Best Food for the Future" at the 1974 United Nations World Food Conference, spirulina soon caught on as a possible solution to severe malnutrition in third-world nations. The Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition (IIMSAM) was later founded to promote spirulina benefits such its ability to provide the malnourished with nutrients, its low amount of side effects and eco-friendly cultivation practices.
A true future food, it may even soon be cultivated in zero gravity by NASA and the European Space Agency. In fact, NASA includes spirulina in its astronauts' diet and plans to grow the algae on its space station.
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Janise, Ruskin, FL August 9, 2012
“Awesome nutty stuff here !!! Got my delivery and made a smoothie with my Goji berries, Cacao beans, and Spirulina...had so much energy when I went back to work that I actually got all my work completed, YAY !! Going to place another order very soon, love the packaging !!!!”
Caroline, Roseville, CA August 9, 2012
“Hello!! I just wanted to say that I LOVED the products! I got some Guarana powder and Spirulina powder and I tried the Guarana right away because I'm brazilian and I am very familiar with it so it was great to find it here! I went off to exercise and felt an energy boost right away! Looking for Spirulina recipes now, lol. I will definitely be back here, loved the box! =)! Thanks nuts!”
manny, monroe, ny August 7, 2012
“You guys are crazy! I mean frickin NUTS! (but in a good way) I love the box! The spirulina was the best price and the fastest delivery EVER!!!”
Luci, Concord, Oh July 29, 2012
“Great service! Never ordered something online and got it soooooo quickly!”
Benjamin L, Newark, New Jersey July 21, 2012
“I ordered a pound of spirulina on Friday, and it was on my doorstep Saturday morning. Fast shipping, and the box made my day. The quality was great, and the price was the cheapest I've seen anywhere. I like to drink the spirulina with some lemonade or juice as drinking it in plain water can be a little overwhelming. I also received a free sample of goji berries! I will be ordering from here again. If you are looking for great products at a great price and fast shipping, look no further.”
Christopher, Salt Lake City, Utah July 17, 2012
“I ordered this product a week ago and received it today. This is the first time that I purchased something from nuts.com, but it certainly not the last. I ordered 5 pounds of Spirulina and the quality is GREAT, it smells very fresh and I just finished a shake with it and will enjoy future orders and a healthier diet. Thanks Nuts.com!”
Naomi, Kernersville, NC June 21, 2012
“Yes, my package arrive this morning! Super fast, only one day! And thank you so much for the goji berries; I've always wanted to try those. Can't wait to get started on my regimen using your spirulina and chlorella! I think I will be ordering more from you soon. Thanks again!”
Pam, Flint, MI June 15, 2012
“Everything is great. I haven't tried Maca powder or Acai powder before. I concocted a mixture of Spirulina, Maca, & Acai powders with Vanilla flavored Greek yogurt. I ate them with fresh fruit. It is wonderful.”
Kelly, Del Rey, CA May 17, 2012
“I love you, Nuts.com! My family and I fell into the junk food junkie trap that so many fall into with our busy life styles! You have made it so easy & convenient for me to buy so many yummy snacks while making sure my hubby & kiddos are healthy! Who knew, chia chews are so fabulous! Spirulina smoothies, every morning! And now, Quinoa, all because of the free sample you put in our box! Thank you for adding years onto my family's lives! By the way, I just ordered veggie chips, can't wait to get them! ”
Clara, Benton, KY May 10, 2012
“I ordered spirulina, dulse, and nutritional yeast on Monday evening. The shipping estimate said it would arrive Thursday, but it was at my door Wednesday night, along with a free sample of chia seeds! Will be ordering again and highly recommend for the quality, pricing, and fast shipping!”
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Anna, Angora, MN September 12, 2014
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Serving Size 28g (~1 oz.)
(Approx. 16.2 Servings/Pound)
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|Calories From Fat||19|
Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.
Store in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. It is ok to refrigerate.
Country of Origin: China
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