In this section you will find detailed information about our products and their composition, as well as a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers.
HOW TO RECOGNISE A QUALITY SPIRULINA
Spirulina (Arthrospira Platensis) is grown in alkaline sweet waters, and fed on mineral substances. The quality of the water, the air and the food play a very important role regarding the quality of the final product. In fact, the components contained in dirty water, polluted air, or poor quality food will have an impact on the composition of the end product.
The drying phase and processing thereafter are also extremely important. Most of the industrial producers use the “spray dry” system. This process is used to liquefy the Spirulina cells, breaking them down to make a liquid, which can then be sprayed into a conical chamber against a very high temperature air draft (>190ºC) This process is doubly harmful for the product’s nutritional qualities: Liquefying Spirulina breaks down the cell membrane exposing its contents to an accelerated oxidation, which damages the active components. The high temperature drying process contributes even more to increase the denaturalization of the active components.
Spirulina (Arthrospira Platensis) is marketed in various formats, noodles, powder, tablets, and capsules.
In the traditional production “noodles” are the most common format, and much higher quality. It is very time-consuming and requires dedication. But the final product has an incomparable quality.
In the industrial productions, they use an atomization drying process which destroys a large amount of the nutritional values
Other companies extract the Phycocyanin pigment from the Spirulina and sell it unscrupulously, lacking its essential component. Making a double profit.
You need between 5 to 10g of Spirulina per day depending on desired effect, the equivalent of 17 to 30 capsules per day… A truth not very often spoken by the “experts” that sell those capsules or tablets at a very high price, usually with a very low Phycocyanin concentration (essential pigment and unique to Spirulina) that serve their interests more than our health.
Spirulina (Arthrospira Platensis) should be 100% natural, and should not have any added substances, like coloring, preservatives, pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, binders… Nor be genetically modified.
A lower quality Spirulina often contains bonding agents, lubricants, coloring, added preservatives or other substances.
Read the products fact label carefully.
By law all food labelling must advertise the composition and the printed details on it must be validated by a reliable laboratory.
Some advertise information on the labelling which does not match the content of the product, misleading the consumer. Obviously the details were copied from another source or were invented.
The nutritional details as well as the Phycocyanin content, on our labelling are printed from our tests conducted by accredited laboratories and correspond precisely to the product.
The costs of these tests are around 1.200 Euros per batch, we doubt that all of the producers are interested or wish to make an effort to take on the expense.
Our tests are available to interested parties, upon request.
Therefore, before you buy make sure that the nutritional content corresponds precisely to the product you wish to purchase.
4- Phycocyanin (The blue gold)
The pigment that is only found in Spirulina.
Spirulina (Arthrospira Platensis) especially recognized among scientist for it high Phycocyanin content, the vibrant photo pigment that gives Spirulina its natural bluish tint.
It is what determines the quality of the product. The percentage varies tremendously depending on the production process, cultivation and harvesting, type and drying time. From 0% to 8% for a low quality industrial Spirulina, 10% to 15% for a very good quality Spirulina and at long last 20% or more for a top high quality Spirulina. Ours has a rate of 19-25% (Test upon request).
Scientific studies have confirmed that Phycocyanin and Spirulina provides multiple health benefits.
It has been proved that Phycocyanin stimulates the productions of blood cells. It has the ability to reproduce the effect of Erythropoietin, which is involved in the function of forming:
Red blood cells, thus insuring the body oxygenation.
White blood cells, which play an active role in the immune system. In the Bone Marrow, stimulating the production of stem cells.
Some of their extraordinary properties that have been scientifically proven are:
- Powerful antioxidant, together with SOD
- Anti Cox 2 effect, powerful natural anti-inflammatory without side-effects or counter indications.
- The most powerful immune stimulant know to date, increasing T-lymphocytes in people with HIV virus or in some types of cancer
- Stimulates NKC (Natural Killer Cells), cells that allow the body to recognize, in some cases, cancer cells and eliminate them naturally.
- Acetyl cholinesterase inhibitor action reflecting the possibility of a positive action, in the neurodegenerative diseases.
- Liver protector and kidney detox.
In mammals, Phycocyanin converts to phycocyanorubin, an antioxidant very close in structure to bilirubin.
Why is it so important? Evidence suggests bilirubin can protect tissues against free radical-caused oxidative damage. In fact, slightly elevated bilirubin blood levels have been linked to normal healthy cardiovascular function.
5- Visual Aspect
Spirulina (Arthrospira Platensis) should have a dark green color, somewhat matt.
An extremely shiny color means that Spirulina has been crushed, compressed and finally covered with a fine layer of binding substance to avoid the subsequent structural loss.
The packaging should have very little Spirulina powder. The presence of a big amount of powder generally indicates that the Spirulina has been atomized with spray, afterwards compressed, losing part of its nutritional properties.
Spirulina (Arthrospira Platensis) has a particular smell but not unpleasant. A strong scent indicates that the rate of oxidation is high and that the product has deteriorated.
During the first few days it is taken, in some cases, it may cause a small amount of gas. For this reason it is recommended to take it progressively, starting off with half the dosis and increasing to the full dosis over 3 to 4 days.
Nevertheless, the presence of significant gases indicates that the Spirulina (Arthrospira Platensis) is of very low quality or deteriorated.