Spirulina is an algae, and one of the most complete foods on the planet. It is well known for its huge antioxidant content, but is also a rich source of protein. This protein is abundant in all nine of the essential amino acids (those we cannot make for ourselves and so have to obtain from food). Spirulina also provides several highly-concentrated vitamins and minerals. Centuries ago the Aztec civilisation cultivated it as a staple food, and today it is regarded as central to some Asian diets. Although it can grow in natural conditions, most Spirulina today is produced commercially.
Spirulina replicates itself by photosynthesis, extracting energy from light. The product of this is chlorophyll, the substance that makes plants green. Another pigment in Spirulina is Phycocyanin. The protein content of Spirulina makes it popular with people following fitness regimes. Of equal value is the vitamins it provides. It is rich in Vitamin A and has more Vitamin B1 than cow's milk. It contains Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6 and B9 (folic acid). Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Vitamin E are also provided, plus Calcium and Iron. Spirulina is much-used by people undergoing detoxification programmes.
Producer - Rainforest Foods
A note about themselves:
"Rainforest Foods is a company with one aim: to bring you the finest of nature's foods. We manufacture them in the form of dietary supplements for one fundamental reason: because while relatively few people live near the rainforests, mountains or islands where many superfoods grow, very many people live modern lives where balanced meals at regular intervals are not always possible.
We search the globe for foods with unusually high nutritional value, which we process and bring to you in easily managed forms such as capsules, tablets and powder. Superfood supplements can help us balance and support modern diets."
Produced by: Rainforest Foods
Store your Spirulina in a cool, dry place.
Sold by: Ainley Organics
Organic Spirulina powder
|Typical value||Per serving (200g)||Per 100g|
|Energy Content (kj)||–||1594|
|Energy Content (kcal)||–||378|
|- of which saturates (g)||–||1.1|
|- of which sugars (g)||–||3|
|Vitamin A (mcg)||–||46000|
|Vitamin B12 (mcg)||–||60|
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