Spirulina Powder: Various nutrients and antioxidants

Spirulina Powder: Various nutrients and antioxidants

Spirulina is a blue-green algae, and is believed to be one of the oldest life forms on Earth. Spirulina is consumed by humans and animals worldwide. The three species are Arthrospira platensis, A. fusiformis, and A. maxima. Arthrospira is the most popular species among the three, used as a dietary supplement or whole food. Arthrospira is also used as a feed supplement in the aquaculture, aquarium, and poultry industries.

Historically, Spirulina was a main food source for the Aztecs and other Mesoamericans until the 16th century; the harvest from Lake Texcoco in Mexico and subsequent sale as cakes were described by one of Cortés' soldiers. The Aztecs called it “tecuitlatl”. Spirulina is loaded with various nutrients and antioxidants that may benefit human body and brain. 

Dried spirulina powder contains protein, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, copper, and iron. The powder contains also decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese. Worth noting that, calories in spirulina are surprisingly low. In the late 1980s and early 90s, both NASA and the European Space Agency proposed spirulina as one of the primary foods to be cultivated during long-term space missions. Spirulina is a fantastic source of antioxidants, which can protect against oxidative damage. The main active component in Spirulina is phycocyanin.

People taken prescription drugs need to consult with physicians before using Spirulina, since it may have adverse interactions with some prescription drugs, particularly those affecting the immune system and blood clotting. Like all protein-rich foods, spirulina contains the essential amino acid phenylalanine, which should be avoided by people who have phenylketonuria, a rare genetic disorder that prevents the body from metabolizing phenylalanine, which then builds up in the brain, causing damage.

Laybio is bulk supplier of Spirulina Powder and tablets. Please feel free to contact our sales team should you have any question about our products.

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