|Ingredients :||Durum Wheat and Fresh Spirulina|
|Shelf-life :||2 years|
|Certification :||GMP, HACCP|
What is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a 3.5 billion year old blue-green algae that converts greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into usable nutrition, protein, and oxygen. It is a single celled organism that grows in bodies of water that are highly alkaline, that receives direct and intense sunlight and with an average water temperature between 30 to 39 degrees celsius. There are few bodies of water that meet these requirements limiting natural growth to parts of Central Africa, the Lake Chad Basin and Lake Taxcoco, Mexico. The extraordinary nutritional value of spirulina has been supporting human populations living near naturally growing spirulina for thousands of years. Inhabitants near Lake Chad and the Aztecs consumed it as a supplemental source of protein and nutrition, and during times of extreme famine have survived on a diets consisting purely of spirulina. The enormous potential of this ancient organism was largely unknown away from the few naturally occurring pockets until the 1960’s. Since its discovery by the wider population an understanding of the immense nutritional benefits have directed a lot of attention towards this simple organism. Labelled as a “superfood” by media outlets; scientists, governments and non-government organizations have used spirulina as a tool to fight malnutrition and as a dietary supplement for people trying to live a healthier life. Even NASA and the European Space Agency are exploring the possibility of spirulina being used as a primary source of nutrition for astronauts. We at Skyline Spirulina are excited about the enormous potential of spirulina. It is our goal to educate the wider population about the nutritional benefits for people, as well as how its cultivation can be beneficial to the environment. We also want to make sure that we are delivering the very best spirulina, both fresh and powdered.
Nutritional benefits of Spirulina
Unlike other potent sources of nutrients and protein Spirulina is low in calories and cholesterol. Below are a few of the highlights for why Spirulina is such an excellent source of your daily nutrition needs:
Dried Spirulina as a potent source of protein
Dried Spirulina is 59% – 65% percent protein which is especially impressive when compared with dried soybean at 40 percent, lentils at 26 percent and peanuts at 25 percent. Perhaps more surprising is that raw beef only contains 23 percent protein. With only 36 kcal calories per 10 grams of dried powder, Spirulina is an excellent source of protein without empty calories. Additionally, the protein is far more accessible by the human digestive system than most other plant and animal proteins. This means the body can absorb and utilize much more of the available protein with far less energy and stress on the digestive system. (source: USDA, FAO p. 10)
Complete Source of Amino Acids and Omega 3
In addition to containing omega-3 fatty acid, and being highly concentrated with protein, Spirulina is dense with all 8 essential amino acids that the body does not naturally synthesize. Here is a list of the different amino acids and how your body utilizes them: Isoleucine – required for optimal growth Leucine – stimulates brain function Lysine – needed for producing antibodies, enzymes and hormones Methionine – antioxidant properties Phenylalanine – required for thyroid function Threonine – improves intestinal and digestive function Tryptophane – regulates serotonin Valine – stimulates mental and physical capacity Protein without cholesterol An undesirable by-product of many sources of animal protein is cholesterol. Doctors recommend healthy adults consume less than 300 mg or 200 mg if you have diabetes or suffer from heart disease. Consider this, 10 grams of dried spirulina (approximately a large spoonful) carries 5.75 gram protein and 1.3 mg of cholesterol, compared to an equivalent quantity of egg protein containing 300 mg of cholesterol. (sources: FAO p6 and MAYO Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/reduce-cholesterol/CL00012)
High concentrations of essential minerals
Remember the expression that eating green is good, well you had no idea just how good it can be. Below is list of some of the essential minerals you receive in 10 gram of dried Spirulina compared with more traditional sources: Iron: 2.9 mg – more iron than beef (recommended daily iron consumption) – M 8mg F 18mg Potassium: 114 mg – more potassium than bananas (recommended potassium intake) 4700 mg Calcium: 10 mg – more calcium than whole milk (recommended calcium intake) 1100 mg Magnesium: 20 mg – more magnesium than walnuts (recommended magnesium) M 400 mg W 350 mg Zinc: 0.2 mg – more zinc than spinach (zinc) M 11 mg W 8 mg Spirulina does not replace a healthy diet, but helps to balance out deficiencies and gives a great boost of energy. As an example, to achieve a recommended daily allowance of many minerals, an adult would need to consume a very large quantity of Spirulina. Iron: Men need 2.8 tbsp Women need 6.2 tbsp (Spirulina) ~ comparable to approximately 450 grams for men and 1000 grams for women of grass fed beef Potassium: 33 tbsp ~ comparable to 1300 grams of bananas Calcium: 110 tbsp ~ comparable to (1000 grams of whole milk) Magnesium: 18 tbsp ~ comparable to 250 grams of walnuts zinc M 55 tbsp 40 tbsp ~ comparable to 2000 grams for men and 1,500 grams for women of spinach *note: an average tablespoon of dried Spirulina approximately 10 grams (source: USDA)
Vitamins and more vitamins
Here is a short list of the alphabet of vitamins in Spirulina: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B8, B9, C, D, E and K. It would take too long to list all the benefits from this list of vitamins so we decided to highlight just one: β-carotene (beta-carotene) is best known for its red-orange pigment found in carrots. And did you know that the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America has recommended consumption of 6 mg of beta-carotene daily to reduce the risk of cancer. In 4 grams, half a tablespoon of dried Spirulina, you will consume 6 mg, or your daily recommended amount of beta-carotene. (source FAO p. 7)
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