Spirulina

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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.

Customer Reviews

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“You guys are awesome! Was not expecting everything to come so quickly, but thrilled!! It all looks great and plan on making another order shortly. Again you guys are awesome!!:-)”

, Cary, NC June 3, 2011

“I love the fact that I can get good quality spirulina in large quantities. When I go to the store and buy capsules it seems I'm paying a lot for not a lot of product. It's the opposite with Nuts OnLine. The delivery was right on time and I couldn't wait to open the package. Had my first drink and it was very smooth.”

, Clearwater, Fl May 26, 2011

“I got my order very promptly. I am very pleased and will definitely order from NutsOnLine again. ”

, Wagoner, OK May 24, 2011

“Hip hip hooray, indeed! The service and delivery at Nuts Online is exceptional, and exceptionally fast. Not to mention the high quality of care and product. Thank you, Nuts, for a wonderful experience and a wonderful purchase!”

, Woodridge, NY May 23, 2011

“Just got the Spirulina powder and I am so eager to start making "supergreen smoothies"! These are talked about in a book by Suzy Cohen,RPh called 'Diabetes without Drugs'. I am a type II Diabetic.”

, Olathe, Kansas May 12, 2011

“I am so glad I found you! I didn't realize this spirulina was so hard to find. I had been ordering from another company (I didn't know about you at the time) but I will order from you from now on provided you aren't out. The spirulina works great for me and I need it! Can't be without anymore! And not to mention the extra fast speedy delivery! I wasn't expecting it until tomorrow! Thanks again very much! ”

May 11, 2011

“Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'll be back!
Blanche”

, lakeview, Oregon April 19, 2011

“You guys are the coolest! Thank you so much for my free chia seeds! Never knew they were so good for you. Also, thanks for making me smile when I read your e-mails. I most absolutley will be coming back to you for your awesome goodies!! Thanks again!”

, Douglasville, Georgia April 13, 2011

“Amazing service. Delivery was made as promised. They kept me informed all the way from purchase to shipping to delivery. I will certainly continue to do business with nutsonline. Thank you. ”

, Atlanta, GA March 30, 2011

“Received order on time as expected.

, Parma, Ohio March 24, 2011

“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.”

, Cutler Bay, FL April 5, 2014

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 28g (~1 oz.)
(Approx. 16.2 Servings/Pound)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 81
Calories From Fat 19
%DV
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 293mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A 3% Calcium 3%
Vitamin C 5% Iron 44%

Ingredients

Spirulina

Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.

Storage

Store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. We do not recommend refrigeration or freezing.

Country of Origin: China

ID: 7199

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