We know you are becoming an expert about spirulina but, are you really sure to know everything about this alga? In the article below, we will talk about he huge difference between fresh and dried spirulina.
Spirulina is one of the oldest life forms and one of the most nutrient-rich foods on Earth.
This blue-green algae has been traditionally harvested for centuries as a food source in some areas of Central America and Africa where it was found in abundance.
Today spirulina is consumed by millions of people all over the world due to its high nutritive value and many health benefits.
In fact spirulina contains an astonishing array of nutrients, including chlorophyll, protein, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, nucleic acids, polysaccharides and a vast spectrum of antioxidants. It also consists of 65-70% protein, the highest concentration of protein found in any food, containing all essential amino acids and making it a complete protein source. With this incredible nutritional value, spirulina provides a wide range of health benefits almost immediately upon ingestion.
In today’s marketplace, spirulina is mostly available and consumed dried as a tablet, flake or powder, but unfortunately the drying process degrades the thermolabile vitamins, minerals and proteins and leaves the final product depleted of its vitality. After heating the algae with high temperatures, the important phycocyanin compound that gives spirulina its potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties becomes almost completely nonexistent. Even if a relatively low heat drying process is applied, some of the essential enzymes required for us to break down and utilize all of the nutrients are removed and spirulina becomes much less nutritious. Another important aspect to consider is that dried spirulina has a very distinctive and unpleasant taste that put many people off from including it into their diet.
Now you know why fresh, raw spirulina is best! Live spirulina is 100% bioavailable, it’s almost completely tasteless, and it preserves all the active principles and vitality that makes it the most powerful superfood! While quality dried spirulina does still have useful vitamins and minerals and is certainly good for you, there is a huge difference between a cooked spirulina powder and fresh living spirulina. A fresh paste is more nutricious than any other form of spirulina, your body can absorb all the nutrients you consume and you’ll be able to reap all of the amazing benefits!