Blue-green goodness

Blue-green goodness

The blue-green algea that everyone has been talking about and why you should care.

Spirulina, or blue-green algae, pictured bottom center. Photo by Carly Diaz

Blue-green algae is thought to be one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Spirulina is one of the most popular varieties of blue-green algae. Although it has been used for more than 400 years, beginning with the Aztecs, spirulina has taken flight (quite literally) the last 10 years. Spirulina re-emerged in the health and food scene after it was successfully used by NASA as a dietary supplement for astronauts on space missions. Because of spirulina’s high concentrations of proteins, vitamins and nutrients it was a compact source of full-nutrition for the astronauts.

So, what exactly is spirulina?

One of spirulina’s most striking qualities, is its vibrant blue-green color. When added to a beverage or used as a natural dye, it can turn a substance a rich shade of blue green. Spirulina is a free-floating filamentous microalgae that grows in alkaline bodies of water. It is commonly added to capsules or beverages to reap the associated health benefits.

Spirulina naturally produces antioxidants. The World Health Organization endorsed spirulina as a vitamin- and protein-rich food supplement. A group of California researchers has recently suggested the organism may help protect against infectious diseases, and even cancer. According to M. Eric Gershwin, MD, spirulina offers immune support due to the fact it stimulates cytokines which are what we use to fight colds.

Most blue-green algae products contain Aphanizomenon flos-aquae harvested from Upper Klamath Lake in southern Oregon. We source all of our spirulina from Klamath Valley Botanical in Klamath Falls, OR!

We’ve added a dash of spirulina to our new Vitality smoothie, making it a nutrient dense smoothie loaded with antioxidants and blue-green goodness. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our other new smoothie: Energy.

Vitality smoothie loaded with spirulina.

Photo by Carly Diaz

Spirulina is a blue-green algea commonly used as a natural food dye.

Photo by Carly Diaz