- Packed in sealed ziplock stand up bags
- Powder origin: China
- Packaged in the USA
Also called: Spirulina platensis, Blue Green Algae (a misnomer), BGA, and Cyanobacteria
Taken as a capsule, incorporated into drinks and smoothies, and sometimes as a liquid herbal extract.
For centuries, the native peoples of Mexico, Africa, and Asia have eaten spirulina and made it one of their major sources of protein. The blue-green algae are plentiful in lakes and inland bodies of water that are warm and alkaline. The plant’s chemical makeup is 65% amino acids, including the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA). The high concentration of amino acids has made spirulina a popular nutritional supplement for those who are unable to obtain sufficient calories and protein through diet alone, particularly athletes who burn calories at a high rate. In addition to amino acids, spirulina is also a rich source of numerous other nutrients, including many essential vitamins and minerals. Research into the medical benefits of spirulina is ongoing, but there is no doubt about its nutritional benefits. Among other things, it contains as much iron as equivalent weights of beef.
Used as a natural colorant in soap, produces a green to bluish-green color.
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