Like us, this microscopic blue-green algae loves to soak up the sun! Commonly found in tropical or subtropical waters, spirulina thrives at a high pH of 8.5 + (alkaline), and at temperatures around 30 °C (86 °F). Alkaline foods promote a balanced pH in the body, which may lead to increased health and wellness.
2. Valuable Vegan Protein
Spirulina contains over 60% complete protein with all essential amino acids accounted for. The powdered form of this algae can be mixed into water or smoothies.
3. Nutrition, Anyone?
Not only is spirulina a great protein source, it contains many nutrients, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid) and antioxidants.
4. Microscopic Immune-Supporters
Spirulina is often consumed to support the immune system. Numerous studies suggest spirulina may support normal production of antibodies (infection-fighting proteins) and other cells that ward off infection.
5. Totally Independent
Spirulina is an autrotroph, or self-feeding organism. It produces complex organic compounds (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, etc.) from simple substances in its surroundings to survive. "Autotroph" is derived from the Greek "autos" (self) and "trophe" (nourishing).
In Chad (Central Africa), spirulina is dried into cakes called dihé which are used to make broths for meals.
How to Use Spirulina
Check out this video for more Spirulina information, especially on how to use spirulina in your diet.
Wikipedia.com "Spirulina (Dietary Supplement)" found here.