Spirulina Powder, Spirulina Capsules, Spirulina Tablets
Scientific names of it are Arthrospira platensis (Nordstedt) Gomont and Arthrospira maxima Setchell et Gardner.
Spirulina is a genus of cyanobacteria (Arthrospora) and of family Spirulinaceae (or Phormidiaceae) & belongs to Species Spirulina platensis.
Spirulina is also named as Spiruline , dihe , tecuitlatl, Blue-Green Algae.
- It is cultivated everywhere, except for areas which have high amount of snowfall. It is mainly found in Africa and Asia, and A. maxima is found in Central America.
- Free growing, spirulina exists only in high-salt alkaline water in subtropical and tropical areas, sometimes imparting a dark-green color to bodies of water.
- It is commercially grown in the United States.
- It is blue-green algae (cyanophytes/cyanobacteria), grows as microscopic, corkscrew-shaped multicellular filaments
- While Powder made from it is of dark green in color.
- It has Fishy Smell & Strong taste.
- Specific Gravity of it is 1.05 – 1.15 and Refractive index is 1.3920 – 1.5000 at 25° C
Powder is made from dried Entire cell of Spirulina.
- It is soluble in water.
- It is stable at room temperature & pressure.
- It is incompatible with strong oxidizing agents (such as sodium hypochlorite, hypochlorous acid)
- After thermal decomposition of spirulina Acrolein is the only hazardous product produced.
- It is composed of approximately 65% crude protein, high levels of B-complex vitamins,vitamin E, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin.
- The protein content includes 22 essential amino acids and the total protein is nutritionally superior to legume protein, but inferior to meat protein.
- High levels of gamma linolenic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid, are present.
- Spirulina preparations contain 300 to 400 ppm iron (dry weight)
- It is Extremely High in Many Nutrients
A single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina powder contains :
- Protein: 4 grams.
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 11% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 15% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 4% of the RDA.
- Copper: 21% of the RDA.
- Iron: 11% of the RDA.
- It also contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese, and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that we need.
- This is coming with only 20 calories, and 1.7 grams of digestible carbohydrate.
- It has Powerful Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Properties. It is a fantastic source of antioxidants, which can protect against oxidative damage.The main active component is called phycocyanin
- It Can Lower LDL and Triglyceride Levels. It is known that many measurable factors, termed risk factors, are linked to an increased risk of heart disease. As it turns out, spirulina has been shown to have beneficial effects on many of them.
- It Protects LDL Cholesterol From Becoming Oxidized
- It Appears to Have Anti-Cancer Properties, Especially Against Oral Cancer.
- It Reduces Blood Pressure thus it is very beneficial for high blood pressure patients.
- It Improves Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis is characterized by inflammation in the nasal airways. Spirulina is a popular alternative treatment for symptoms of allergic rhinitis, and there is evidence that it can be effective.
- It May Be Effective Against Anemia. spirulina supplementation increased the hemoglobin content of red blood cells. Immune function also improved.
- It’s supplementation increases muscle strength and also help to improve endurance.
- It helps in Blood Sugar Control
- It is mainly used to form various nutrition supplement products as it is enriched with various health nutrients.
- It is also used in various dietary supplement as it has very low calories.
- It is used in formation of medicines on high blood pressure, Animia, oral cancer, high blood sugar.
- It is used to produce energy boosters, immunity boosters, protein powders and antioxidants.