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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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Molly, Cleveland, OH March 1, 2010
“I just want to say....LOVE THE SAYING ON YOUR PACKAGES! It made us smile! I like your prices and the shipping in 2 days was amazing! Everything arrived as ordered and we are very happy with your guys! You will be definitely be hearing from us again! Thank you!”
Cheryl, Gloversville, NY January 27, 2010
“I just received my first order....I'm thrilled! Very fast shipping and everything was packed extremely well. I ordered spirulina, chia seeds and mung beans (for sprouting) - the quality is excellent. In fact, the spirulina is the best quality I've come across in a very long time - makes for a tasty smoothie (having the descriptor of "yummy" on the included ingredients/nutritional information is so very true). Thank you thank you thank you!!! I look forward to my next order!”
Josh, Seattle, WA January 15, 2010
“Your amazingly low prices (half the price of other web-sites) is what first attracted me. After reading the testimonials, I decided to place an order... They were right! The estimated delivery time was right on, and the packaging was great, especially the zip-lock on the 1 lb. bags.
On a separate note, most of the things I bought (spirulina, goji berries, hemp protein, etc.) were not on your nav. bar on the left of the screen. I hope you're not missing any potential business.
I'm impressed, and will be back.
New "superfood shake" guy, Josh ”
Max January 15, 2010
“I love the spirulina! It's high quality, and slightly less then 25% of the cost at my local Whole Foods Market! I bought enough for a nutty friend as well. THANKS!!”
Josh, Colorado January 12, 2010
“Great prices and super friendly service! I ordered spirulina and chlorella and was wondering how the quality would be at such a good price. Well it is awesome! Super quality at about half the price! Great to have found you guys. Definitely will be ordering again! Who knew I would find great greens from a nut shop :-)”
Donna, Horsham, Pa. January 12, 2010
“I just received my order today and I have to say that you are the best company I have ever placed an order with. I have ordered a few times from you and I am always amazed at how fast it arrives and how well it is packed. I wish all companies were like yours. Thank you again for excellent service!!!
Avishek, College Park, Maryland December 4, 2009
“Wow, the Spirulina and Chlorella I ordered were amazing, I love the bag they come in, and the quality is definitely superb. Chlorella and Spirulina are foods that once consumed, will provide the consumer with immediate, noticeable effects, including the following; uncontrollable euphoria, higher mental capacities, focus, warmth, drive, and millions more. I tried chlorella for the first time here, and I have to say, I do enjoy the taste of spirulina a little more, as chlorella is more astringent, and pungent, but chlorella has its own set of benefits that differ slightly from spirulina, like higher chlorophyll content, the chlorella growth factor to name a couple. Both are excellent foods for a busy person, and also should be a staple for every type of athlete, chess players, everyone. Thank you for the lowest prices ever!”
Philip, North Providence, RI December 3, 2009
“I am blown away! You guys have set a new standard for shipping and delivery times. I ordered at 5pm yesterday and it was at my door at 10am today with no special delivery requested. Unbelievable. Good Job to all at Nutsonline.
PS. Product looked good as well. ”
Emily, Silver Spring, Maryland November 29, 2009
“Arrived super quickly. Such awesome value! I pay more than 3 times the price for the same excellent quality in the whole foods stores. I'm sold on Nuts Online!”
Erik, Mount Shasta, CA November 21, 2009
“You guys are NUTS!! Thank You. I am thrilled with service and selection and the amazingly low price. I paid almost 2.4X as much for the same quantity about 8-9 years ago!! Wow. I love it. Will be buying much more from Nutsonline for sure”
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Jerry, Los Angeles, CA August 29, 2014
“I mix some Strawberry Crush or some Hawaiian Punch powders into the powder spirulina, just to make a refreshing drink.”
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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