Spirulina Powder Facts and Information
Spirulina is one of the most famous blue green algae in the planet. Why is Spirulina classified by its color? That’s just how algae are grouped. Spirulina is classified in the blue-green department, along with the other famous algae Chlorella, which falls under the same grouping. Other colors of edible algae include green, brown, red, and yellow-green. Astoundingly enough, there are actually more than 8000 species of algae that are grown throughout the world. That’s pretty impressive considering that most people don’t even eat algae. Of those 8000 varieties, studies have shown that Spirulina is actually the easiest algae for the body to absorb and digest. This is called bio-availability, and it’s a pretty big deal in the world of green powders. Many algae, most notably Chlorella, must have its cell wall destroyed in order for it to be digestible. That’s why some Chlorella labels will say things like “Cracked Cell Wall” or “Pulverized Cell Wall.” In order for Chlorella to be rendered useful to humans, it has to undergo heavy processing, which many people are leery of. Usually heavy processing and natural supplements don’t go hand in hand.
That’s why many people like the Spirulina powder. It has the best of both worlds. It’s nutrient dense just like Chlorella, containing many of the same vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, but Spirulina is much easier for the human digestive system and requires less processing in order to be made bio-available. For this reason, a lot of people have made the switch from Chlorella powder to Spirulina powder. Spirulina algae has a long tradition of use by humans. Records show that Spirulina algae were eaten early on in Mexico by the Aztecs.
As we’ve already mentioned before, Spirulina powder has a huge amount of benefits. Spirulina is an excellent and highly nutritious source for minerals, amino acids, vitamins, chlorophyll and proteins, and has been shown to boost the human immune system, which is a huge plus for most. Spirulina not only is very high in amino acid concentration, it also has 26 times the calcium available in milk. This makes it a great supplement for people suffering from bone conditions and other ailments arising from calcium deficiency. One other benefit to Spirulina powder that’s under a bit of controversy, is Spirulina’s weight loss properties. Spirulina powder seems to aid the body in weight loss. My guess would be that this is due to the detoxification process that happens when taking Spirulina powder. When the body detoxes, it becomes more efficient and clean burning. The metabolism generally speeds up and fat burning starts to occur. That’s my guess as to the speculation that Spirulina assists in weight loss. Any legitimate detox program should have similar results.