This is superfood, 2.0, the age of miracle powders. Ingredients judged to be the most nutrient-dense on the planet, freeze dried and fine milled, are being marketed to us as magic bullets, full of enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and supposedly delivering all kinds of marvellous health benefits, from balancing hormone and blood sugar levels to aiding and preventing chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer and dementia.
Generally speaking, spirulina is so called superfood. But speaking generally can be very misleading.
There are a number of questions we have to ask, and number of correct answers we have to get, before spirulina can be called a superfood.
The most important questions to ask
- Which country it comes from
- In what external environment it’s cultivated
- What is the quality and the source of the water used
- The nutrients used for growing
- The method of drying
- The manufacturing practice employed
Unless all the questions above can be answered in a satisfactory manor, consuming spirulina can do much more damage than good. Because of its ability to absorb heavy metals and other pollutants, it’s imperative to be cultivated under optimum conditions.
Unfortunately large part of spirulina on the market comes from China. Pollution, low quality of water, and bad manufacturing is very common in China. Most spirulina brands use this type of product, because of the low cost.
Cultivating and manufacturing quality spirulina is a very specialised and costly business.
The best quality spirulina
- Grown organically (certified)
- Cultivated in remote areas with no pollution and agriculture
- Clean spring water used
- No chemical fertilizer including Chilean nitrate
- Only plant based nutrients utilised in cultivation
- Dried on very low temperature
- Manufactured in GMP facility
If you can’t afford to purchase good quality spirulina, don’t buy low quality product either. It won’t benefit you; and it can cause serious health damage. Buying cheap is very expensive.
Rather use less of the good product, which will last longer and bring the cost per unit down.
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