What exactly is Spirulina? Spirulina is a blue green microalgae, which is recognized as the most nutrient dense superfood on Earth. It is native to Lake Texcoco in Mexico & Lake Chad, which lies on the southern edge of the Sahara desert. Spirulina thrives in the hot sunny desert, which makes our California farm the perfect growing environment.
How long will fresh spirulina last? About 1 week fresh or 8 months frozen. We recommend freezing whatever you have left once you reach the "USE OR FREEZE BY" date on your package.
Spirulina ice cubes go great in smoothies!
What does it taste like? Unlike powdered spirulina, a fresh harvest has virtually no flavor and a light creamy texture.
What recipes can I put it in? Because it has almost no flavor, it will blend in nicely with pretty much anything! If you put it in a drink we recommend blending it for even consistency. To maintain maximum nutritional value do not heat your spirulina past 140F. A good rule of thumb is if the dish is too hot to eat it is too hot for spirulina. You should add your spirulina once the dish has cooled.
Is it certified organic? Despite being ineligible for organic certification, we take every measure to grow sustainably for your health and the health of our planet. Pesticides, fungicides and other harmful toxins are never used.
It is impossible to grow fresh organic spirulina safely. USDA Organic regulations have not kept pace with this burgeoning industry. In order to be certified organic, farmers must use nutrient sources like manure or decomposing plant materials. Unfortunately, these sources contain, e. coli and other dangerous bacteria. For traditional agriculture this isn't an issue, but for spirulina, a contaminated culture can pose a serious health hazard. The only way around this is to superheat the harvest to temperatures that destroy contaminants as well as nearly all of the spirulina's nutritional value thereby making itnotfresh. Ironically, this is one instance in which organic is worse.
Is it gluten free? Yes!
How many servings are in a 1lb order? There are just over 30 servings per 1lb order.
How much do you recommend eating per day? 1 tablespoon, which is about 15 grams. You can always increase serving sizes for a more powerful cleanse, extra protein or an added boost to spirulina's many health benefits.
Will it turn my tongue green? Probably, but hey isn't that part of the fun? Can I see the Nutrition Facts? There are 2 containers per 1lb order for a total of 30 servings.
Is it safe to eat algae? Absolutely! People have been eating spirulina and other algae for centuries. Spirulina has even been GRAS certified (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA. You have probably eaten some algae yourself and didn't even know it. Ever had a blue M&M? The blue tone comes from pigments extracted from spirulina. Note: Individuals with certain rare diseases should avoid spirulina. See below.
I have PKU, is it safe for me to consume spirulina? Unfortunately, spirulina is not safe for individuals with PKU. People with this rare disease can not process Phenylalanine, an amino acid that the body uses to build protein.
I have an autoimmune disease, is it safe for me to consume spirulina? For most people, spirulina can invigorate the body's natural defenses, but for those with an overly active immune system it can be harmful. Spirulina is not recommended for individuals with certain autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Pemphigus Vulgaris and others.
Is it safe to take spirulina while pregnant? Yes! You should consult your doctor before consuming spirulina if you have any uncommon health conditions like the ones mentioned above.