What is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a blue-green microalgae, also known as cyanobacteria, and is considered to be one of the most powerful nutritious, and plant-based proteins on the planet. Ever wondered where spirulina got its name from? Well, it is a single-celled organism growing in an ever-expanding spiral and it earned its name based on the Latin word "Spira" meaning twisted shape or helix.
This single-celled organism grows rapidly through photosynthesis and converts greenhouse gases into nutrients, protein, and oxygen. Spirulina thrive in alkaline environments with water that is constantly between 30-39 degree celsius, feeding on high, intense sunlight.
Spirulina has existed for approximately 3.6 billion years (yes, very, very old, older than dinosaurs 🦕 ) and was consumed as a traditional food by ancient Aztecs and Chad as a source nutrition and protein, and some communities in Africa have even been reported to have survived times of famine for purely consuming Spirulina. Today, NASA are exploring the use of Spirulina as a primary food source for astronauts due to its all-in-one source of nutrients.
HEALTH BENEFITS There is a very long list of benefits that Spirulina provides. It’s not only good for improving athletic performance and naturally enhancing endurance, but it’s also considered a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. Spirulina is packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, omegas, and essential nutrients. MORE PROTEIN calorie per calorie • Twice the protein of beef • 5X the protein of quinoa • Twice the protein of lentils MORE ANTIOXIDANTS per serving • 100X the antioxidant Vitamin A of blueberries • Double the antioxidant vitamin A of spinach MORE VITAL NUTRIENTS per serving • 5X the iron of spinach • Double the folate of kale
Nestled in a forest of Thailand where the farm sits in clean unpolluted air, Gratefood Co. is sharing the natural vitality of spirulina superfoods. Our Spirulina is cultivated and housed in a lab, and seeded into a bioreactor where clean filtered water and nutrients are added into it for its growth.
Traditionally, the production of Spirulina on a commercial scale grows in large bodies, shallow, open-air lakes, rivers, and ponds that are prone to contamination. With the advancement in modern science, our Spirulina is grown and thrived in closed tanks with lower contamination risk and controlled growing conditions to ensure optimal quality and purity.
These closed tanks are built with wired mesh cages that are located outdoors to receive natural sunlight for its growth. The Spirulina is harvested after 10 days of inception when it has reached its optimum nutrient level, naturally containing minerals such as potassium and magnesium, and has a noticeable amount of vitamins. After filtering the algae from the water, it will be transported to a processing facility where excess moisture is removed to form a thick concentrated paste which is frozen with no additional heat or drying treatment. This is to preserve the nutritional value in the Spirulina.
Gratefood Co Fresh Frozen Spirulina is unmatched in quality. Our innovative and advanced solutions produce fresh Spirulina with maximum nutrition and potency. Our spirulina is always non-GMO, raw, vegan, and does not go through any heat treatment. do not add any forms of sweeteners and artificial nasties into our Fresh Frozen Spirulina tub. Our spirulina is live-harvested and packed into 20g tubs on the same day.
To ensure maximum freshness and potency, these Spirulina tubs are sent to cold storage to be frozen immediately and shipped. We are committed to bringing the freshest Frozen Spirulina to our consumers.
TASTE People may describe the taste of spirulina in many different ways. Some will say it has an earthy, salty taste, while say might say it is similar to the seaweed wrap in your local sushi restaurant. However, the taste of spirulina will often come down to how it is being consumed.
Most Spirulina has a very strong flavor and smell due to the environmental conditions where it is cultivated. For instance, most dried spirulina in powdered form has a strong ocean-like taste that may be unpleasant to some. At Gratefood Co, our spirulina is harvested using a developed proprietary bioreactor and processing technologies making our Fresh Frozen Spirulina close to odorless and tasteless. If you are not a fan of the strong taste of Spirulina, we highly recommend you to raw and fresh frozen spirulina.
FRESH VS DRIED SPIRULINA
Studies have shown that frozen spirulina is extraordinarily nutrient-dense and it provides more health benefits than dried spirulina that comes in dried powdered forms.Now you know what is Spirulina and its benefits.
Its nutrients are super-concentrated and highly bioavailable, which means your body can absorb all these nature’s micronutrients for it to function. Furthermore, fresh frozen spirulina is free from the contaminants of its processed, dried counterpart. In addition, the dehydrating and heating process destroys some of its vital health components and nutritional value.
CHOOSE YOUR SPIRULINA WELL
So depending on your own health priorities and preferences, you should choose the kind of spirulina accordingly. All in all, Gratefood’s Spirulina is a rich source of amino acids, antioxidants, raw vegan protein, vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients. It doesn’t matter if you’re an athlete, a fitness guru, a student or a busy working adult with a new set of health goals, everyone can benefit from fresh spirulina! Don’t wait to include our fresh spirulina into your daily diet. Get your fresh frozen spirulina here!