What is spirulina?
Spirulina is a cyanobacteria with a spiral shape, hence its name. More commonly known as a micro-algae, it is sustainably grown, in countries like Burkina Faso or in the south of France.
Historically, it has been a source of food for Aztecs and recently, it allowed some tribes from Africa to avoid famine thanks to its large amount of nutrients.
What are the spirulina nutrients?
Spirulina contains essential elements for human health. It has 60% proteins and all the essential amino-acids: phenylalanine, leucin, isoleucine, methionine, lysine, valine, threonine, tryptophan and histidine. It also contains a lot of vitamins (C, D, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12) oligoelements, (iron, manganese) minerals (calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium), and antioxidants, as phycocyanin and chlorophyll.
Spirulina contains more calcium than milk, more b-carotene than carrots, more vitamin B12 than fish, 13 times more iron than spinach, 3 times more protein than beef.
What about the taste of spirulina?
Dried spirulina has a mineral taste. Crunchies are a little bit salty and taste far better than pills and powder while they also keep most of the nutrients, thanks to the drying methods (see our blog articles for more info). Fresh spirulina has no taste, you can mix it with every healthy meal you want.
How long can I preserve spirulina?
You can preserve dried spirulina for years, just be sure that packet properly closed after opening and avoid humidity.
How can I use spirulina?
You can use fresh and dried (crunchy) spirulina in many recipes for your meals, you can be as creative as you want. You can also use fresh spirulina for your skin thanks to its antioxidant properties.
What is the daily dose of spirulina?
Spinoa advises you to consume 3 – 5g of spirulina per day and if you do sport, you can take 5 – 10g per day.
Pay attention to the excesses of iron if you exceed these doses (or if you have hemochromatosis), because it accelerates the intestinal transit.
When can I take spirulina?
You can take spirulina whenever you want, in the morning during breakfast, the midday during the lunch, the afternoon during the snack and/or the evening during dinner. Even during the night if you don’t sleep :))
Which dried form is better?
You can find it in powder, pills or crunchies (as we do it). For pills and powder, spirulina needs to be dried at 100-120°C and these temperatures burn the nutrients. To make it crunchy, we dry spirulina can under 42°C and so it keeps the majority of the nutrients (link to website articles).
Can spirulina poison us?
Spirulina can fix heavy metals that can be found in water but it happens only when the production settings are faulty. It is sometimes possible during the production of the pills or the powder. Just make sure your spirulina comes from a quality brand, like ours 😉
Does spirulina contain iodine?
No, spirulina is a micro-algae which grows in freshwater, an unionized environment. So if you suffer of hyperthyroidism, or if you are allergic to iodized products, you can still eat spirulina without any problem.
Does spirulina contain gluten?
Nope, spirulina doesn’t contain gluten. There is no problem for the people are allergic to it to consume it 🙂
Is spirulina child-friendly?
Like many other plant-based superfoods, spirulina is safe for the kids. When it is sourced safely and administered correctly, it can be a fantastic supplement for children.
Is spirulina animal-friendly?
Yes! Especially for dogs, but look out! Spirulina may be beneficial to dogs with allergic skin conditions, cancer, and heart disease; but it is better to avoid it for dogs who have or had a liver disease.
In which water can spirulina grow?
Spirulina grows naturally in freshwater. However, according to some scientific studies, if you modify the environment with an adequate supply of bicarbonate, Nitrogen and Phosphorous, together with a suitable pH and salinity, spirulina can also grow in seawater.
Can spirulina help me when I am tired?
To avoid tiredness you need to take some nutrients like proteins, vitamin C, b-carotene (vitamin A), iron, magnesium and potassium. And what a chance! Spirulina have all of these nutrients! So yes 🙂 it can help you when you’re tired.
Can spirulina help me to balance my alimentation? To balance alimentation of my children?
Yes, for sure. With all the nutrients which are in spirulina (proteins 60% ; vitamins A, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 ; oligoelements as iron, manganese, zinc ; minerals as calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium ; fatty acids as omega6…), you and your children can have the fatty acids, amino-acids, vitamins and minerals/oligoelements you need and avoid deficiencies.
Can spirulina help me to lose weight?
People can usually lose weight if they eat fewer calories than they use. Spirulina is a high-nutrient, low-calorie food (390kcal/100g), so it can help you to lose weight without losing nutrients 🙂
Can spirulina help me to perform in sport?
Yes ! Spirulina contains 60% of proteins with all essential amino-acids, iron and zinc among others nutrients. As you know amino-acids are very important to build muscle and avoid tiredness after sport-training. Iron is essential for making hemoglobin and for organ oxygenation, and it is important to feed you muscle with oxygen for increase your sport performances. Zinc is important for immune system and it took part into glucid, lipid and protein metabolisms; a zinc deficiency causes a decrease in the ability to effort.
Is spirulina beneficial when I am pregnant?
Vitamins and minerals are very important for you if you are pregnant, especially vitamins of B group like B9 and minerals like iron. Vitamin B9 is essential to build the nervous system of the fetus and to avoid a premature birth. Iron is important for making hemoglobin and so for the oxygenation and the growth of organs. Spirulina contains a lot of vitamins among which those of B group like B9 and it contains also a lot of minerals like iron, so yes, spirulina is beneficial when you are pregnant 🙂
Can spirulina help me to avoid nutritional deficiencies?
Yes sir ! Spirulina is called “food of the future” by ONU, few years ago, thanks to its nutrients content. It contains proteins with all essential amino-acids so you can have all the amino-acids you need for your body. It contains also a lot of vitamins like A (b-carotene), E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 so you can avoid vitamin deficiencies. It also has a lot of oligoelements and minerals like iron, manganese, zinc, potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium; perfect for fuel your body with all you need 🙂
Spirulina contains more calcium than milk, more b-carotene than carrots, 13 times more iron than spinach, 3 times more protein than beef.
Is spirulina environment friendly?
Yes ! Spirulina produces oxygen and consumes carbon dioxide as strong as trees, it doesn’t need a lot of water (6 times less than wheat and 50 times less than beef !). Furthermore it is produced in aquaculture so it doesn’t need arable land to be cultivated.
Spirulina is the most environment-friendly food that you can find !
Why buying our spirulina?
Our spirulina is artisanal and it is produced in farms in Burkina Faso and in southern France. The Burkina Faso farm is part of a humanitarian project that redistributes 50% of the produced spirulina to people who suffers of malnutrition or HIV.
Our spirulina crunchies are dried under 42 degrees to keep all the nutrients inside, and for now, as European Spatial Agency and INRA said, it is the best way to dry and keep the nutritional values (link blog).
Furthermore, our crunchies are easy to add in your daily diet, in which recipe you want and taste and shape are better than pills or powder for sure. Try on 🙂