AlgaVenice Magazine

The properties of spirulina

alcune proprietà della spirulina

If the ancients considered it “food of the gods” there must be a reason. Actually, far more than one. Spirulina algae has so many properties and is a true natural energy reserve for our bodies, with purifying and immune-boosting functions.

Spirulina(Arthrospira platensis) is a mine of proteins, minerals, trace elements, vitamins, antioxidants, pigments and essential fatty acids. An essential food in vegetarian and vegan diets, spirulina is distinguished by its high content of:

  • Proteins and essential amino acids. Spirulina contains 60/70% protein, a protein intake 3 times higher than that of a steak. You should know that spirulina protein is noble plant protein. They are called “noble” because they contain all the essential amino acids (EAAs) that our bodies cannot synthesize and must be supplied to our bodies through food. What are the essential amino acids? There are 8 in all and they are: isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.
  • Mineral salts (7%) such as magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, calcium, and selenium.
  • Vitamins (5%), especially B vitamins, but also A, E and K.
  • Lipids (5%), including essential fatty acids (Omega3 and Omega6) necessary for the function of all tissues.
  • Pigments (carotenoids, phycocyanin, β-carotene).

The two main qualities of spirulina algae are:

  • the very high assimilation of the product by our bodies (75 percent versus an average of 20 percent for other supplements);
  • its great nutrient supply, which means having energy quickly, immediately “available” to use.

This seaweed works on three levels simultaneously, ensuring well-being for our bodies.

  1. First of all, it purifies and detoxifies it.
  2. It replenishes it by giving it new energy.
  3. And it fortifies it, consequently improving the immune system as well.

Spirulina seaweed medical opinions

There are several scientific studies confirming the amazing properties of spirulina seaweed in terms of nutritional intake. But also many others, which highlight the presence of high levels of contaminants in the final product. As the scientific study “The True Value of Spirulina” published in PubMed points out to us:

“Regular intake of spirulina (…) requires closer monitoring of potentially harmful components.”

The study acknowledges spirulina’s “high content of protein, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. In particular, spirulina products are widely promoted for their high vitamin B12 content.” He then admits that:

So far, knowledge about contamination with cyanotoxins, heavy metals, pesticides or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is scarce, although some studies have reported high levels of contaminants in spirulina products.

Therefore, when purchasing spirulina seaweed, it is wise to evaluate: its origin, cultivation method, and production chain.

In this regard, AlgaVenice spirulina has nothing to fear. All laboratory analysis to date shows that its purity percentage is as high as 100%.

AlgaVenice: 100% purity

AlgaVenice spirulina is cultivated inland from the Venetian Lagoon. The production facility is structured in closed photobioreactors to avoid any contamination. The PH of the water in which the algae grows is constantly monitored and analyzed.

Pasteurization: another sore point! If the spirulina you are taking has undergone this process, it means that it has lost most of its properties. This is because heat treatment destroys most of the microorganisms present. Thanks to the controlled supply chain, AlgaVenice spirulina is unpasteurized and keeps its properties intact.

Another aspect we pay close attention to is drying. This process is done slowly and without forcing to allow the final product to retain all its organoleptic characteristics.

Here’s why it’s worth trying. Algavenice is at your disposal for more information about the properties of spirulina. Contact us now, we will be happy to answer your questions.

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