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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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olga, Reno, Nevada March 28, 2014
“i love the source of Protein I get from Spirulina. O T”
Robert , acworth, Ga March 21, 2014
“I tried one tablespoon in a shake with one banana, and WOW! The flavor is like nothing else, it has almost a chocolatey rich flavor to it. Oh and the energy and focus that hit me, it took like five minutes then bam! I'm very very pleased with this product, it exceeded my expectations by miles! I will order again, the ease of use and effects are unparalleled!”
Sal, Nyack, NY March 15, 2014
“Yes! got my order and already had my first green drink with it!! Delicious! Thanks for the very prompt delivery and super service. I will definitely be ordering more from you nuts!!!”
Zeena, PA February 25, 2014
“I ordered my spirulina and matcha yesterday and it came today. I was so happy with this fast delivery! I was also so surprised and beyond excited with my free sample of chia seeds!!! Thanks so much nuts.com!!!”
Liz, NM February 15, 2014
“Ordered chlorella, spirulina, pumpkin seeds, green energy squares, blue kernel popcorn and a few other things - received everything on time, as promised and the quality is fantastic! Also appreciate the freebie pack of goji berries (which I actually wanted to order, but didn't!). Fantastic quality and great price! I'm a Nutritionist, fitness coach and wellness consultant - these supplements are of GREAT quality and very fresh. When you factor in the good value and fast shipping, it's a no-brainer! I will recommend nuts.com to all of my clients!”
Colin, Beaufort, SC February 13, 2014
“Having recently gone vegan, and having had friends in the past miserably malnourished due to veganism, I decided to educate myself on the proper nutrition needed - not just to sustain myself, but also grow lean muscle and detoxify my body from years of abuse due to animal products, smoking, and drinking. I was looking for the best way to make protein shakes at home, when a blog site pointed me to Nuts.com for a few ingredients... and I was stunned. Pretty much everything comes organic, you are very vegan friendly [i thought i had to give up gummy bears], and each individual product page is packed with an abundance of nutritional information. I received my package of Hemp Protein and Spirulina about mid day yesterday, and i couldn't have been happier. The sample of Goji Berries was/is fantastic, and goes an unexpectedly long way for such a serving. You have a very loyal following, I can see why, and am ecstatic to now be a part of the family. I already have my cart loaded, waiting for my next paycheck! Thank you for all you do to make people's lives' wonderful! Namaste!”
Michael, Amherst.NY, New York February 5, 2014
“Hey guys, I got my order of spirulina and I take it every morning before breakfast. I will certainly try your other products soon. Thanks. Mike,”
Robbert, Lebanon, OH January 29, 2014
“Ordered Maca and Spirulina, both arrived very fast well packed in great resealable bags. Found even a sample bag of chia seeds in the box.
Product is fresh and good evenly ground, no clumping.
Company communicates very good, will buy again.
As an Idea, a good recipe corner for the products.
I made for example already tapioca cheese bread-sticks which were great and also some great salads with the spirulina. Will try soon pizza and some more things.”
maryanne, Montgomery Village, Maryland January 28, 2014
“I love your products. I am using the spirulina powder and the pumpkin seed powder in smoothies and in yogurt and kefir. Also appreciate the care you take in packaging the product. Always arrives promptly and in perfect condition.”
Yashua, patchogue, ny January 15, 2014
“From the start of the product i was very skeptical, i just couldn't fathom the idea of a substance being so simple yet so powerful nonetheless I decided to give the product another try with the addition of smoothie, and the results were great, immediately I felt the boost... thanks NUTS for your service and reasonable prices.”
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Grace, Cutler Bay, FL April 5, 2014
“I have been searching for Spirulina for a long time, but I wanted the real thing, and finally I've founded it in nuts.com. Thank you.”
Serving Size 28g (~1 oz.)
(Approx. 16.2 Servings/Pound)
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Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.
Store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. We do not recommend refrigeration or freezing.
Country of Origin: China
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