There’s some disappointing news to know about if you’ve been using dried spirulina. We all know that “fresh is best” when it comes to fruits, vegetables, and herbs. However, we often settle for frozen, canned, dried, and powdered options during times when it’s difficult to get fresh-from-the-source products. Generally, this isn’t a problem because most of the nutrients in common fruits and vegetables are retained during processing. While we know we might not be getting the full benefit, we’re still getting decent amounts of vitamins, minerals, and key nutrients. This works for many foods. It doesn’t work for spirulina. Yes, spirulina creates a very unique situation when it comes to nutrient retention during the process.
Unfortunately, dried spirulina lacks essentially all of the health-giving properties that are leading you to want to eat it in the first place. Most retailers that sell dried spirulina products “talk up” the benefits of spirulina without mentioning that the products they sell don’t actually retain those benefits. Why is this?
Spirulina goes through a unique process when it gets dried into a packaged product that can be shipped and stored easily. The heat used to dry out spirulina robs it of its rich moisture content. That moisture content contains much of the “life” of the spirulina. As you may know, spirulina is blue-green algae with rich pigmentation from chlorophyll. Spirulina needs water to live because it gets its life from water.
Known to be one of the oldest life forms on the planet, spirulina is one of the most nutrient-dense foods humans can eat! It is meant to be consumed in its natural state. When you eat whole, fresh spirulina, you enjoy the following benefits:
- Vitamin A.
- B vitamins.
- All the amino acids the body needs.
- Protein equal to what’s offered by eggs.
- 26 times the calcium of milk.
Why can’t powdered spirulina provide these benefits? The powdered version doesn’t deliver the whole healthy cell structure and active enzymes provided by fresh, whole spirulina. What you’re getting is merely a ghost of the real thing! Seeing spirulina growing in a natural environment is often all the convincing anybody needs to realize that using a processed form of this product just doesn’t cut it. The human fascination with this robust plant-based source of vitality is nothing new. There’s evidence that the Aztecs valued spirulina as an important source of energy. In modern times, NASA astronauts have taken spirulina along on space missions to enjoy its dense nutritionally properties.
How Heat Kills the Life Force of Spirulina
Let’s go a little deeper into why processing kills the nutrient content of spirulina. In order to break spirulina down into a powdered form, intense heat is used. This heat destroys the active, living nutrients and enzymes that pulsate through live spirulina. Of course, one of the most damaging aspects of the drying process used for spirulina is that it robs algae of moisture. Unfortunately, robbing algae of water content also reduces the nutritional content. It’s true that some of these nutrients can actually be recovered by rehydrating a spirulina product. However, the levels recovered are very low. By contrast, eating fresh spirulina makes unblemished enzymes, proteins, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals readily available in your body. These elements help with the following:
- Immune function.
- Muscle recovery.
- Creation of new red blood cells.
- Oxygenation of tissue.
- Liver function.
- Digestive health/gut microbiome activity.
Many people incorrectly assume that it’s not possible to purchase fresh spirulina. The truth is that preserving spirulina for commercial use is incredibly difficult. Here at Kyanos Farms, we put countless hours toward creating growing technology that allows us to sell spirulina in the freshest form imaginable. We’re not like resellers that ship you dried spirulina that’s been stripped of its life-giving nutritional content. We ship live spirulina for your consumption! Our methods also allow you to grow your own spirulina at your home. All spirulina sold and shipped by Kyanos Farms is grown by our own hands at our 10-acre farm located in Florida.
Fresh Spirulina Can Change Your Life
Many people dismiss the health claims attributed to spirulina after trying the dried versions for sale on the market today because they simply don’t see any changes in their health after trying these products. Once you understand that these products don’t actually preserve the health-giving properties of spirulina, it all begins to make sense. You can’t say that you’ve actually tried spirulina until you’ve tried it in the fresh form that nature intended you to have!
What happens when you enjoy fresh spirulina for the first time? Spirulina is a well-researched superfood that offers a wide variety of health benefits. The rich phycocyanin content in spirulina deserves special attention for its potential cancer-fighting properties. Phycocyanin is the protein source within spirulina that gives each tablespoon about as much protein as an egg! It’s also the antioxidant within spirulina responsible for its widely researched cancer-fighting properties. Multiple studies have confirmed phycocyanin’s ability to suppress tumors. Researchers are currently investigating phycocyanin’s viability as a cancer treatment. However, this is just the beginning of a long list of reasons to get excited about finally trying real, fresh spirulina after settling for dried spirulina for so long! Here’s a rundown of some of the other potential health benefits of spirulina:
- Balancing blood sugar.
- Reducing risks for cardiovascular disease.
- Lowering cholesterol.
- Restoring gut health by treating Candida growth within the gut microbiome.
- Relieving allergies.
- Treating acne and eczema.
Of course, the antioxidant properties of whole, fresh spirulina can also help to fight inflammation in the body linked with pain, stiffness, and illness. Spirulina’s strong antioxidant content can even fight the oxidative effects of free radicals that cause premature aging. It’s no surprise that people often report that their skin looks fresher and younger once they start eating fresh spirulina.
Who Can Benefit From Eating Fresh Spirulina?
Anyone seeking a food that’s rich in antioxidants can benefit from fresh spirulina! However, people with some very specific dietary goals have the most to gain from this superfood. While you don’t need to be vegan to enjoy spirulina, many people following vegan diets find that spirulina offers the best way to close nutritional gaps left by their highly specific diets. That’s because spirulina has the rare property of being able to provide the same quality of protein as eggs. That means that spirulina provides the rare combination of complete amino acids needed by the body. Spirulina also offers a wide assortment of vitamins and minerals that serve as building blocks for the body.
Spirulina can also be useful in your diet if you’re looking for ways to naturally reduce cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, and reduce blood pressure. While eating spirulina isn’t a replacement for maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and sensible eating, it may help you to address risk factors holistically instead of relying on medications. Just be sure to consult with your healthcare provider before making any drastic lifestyle changes based on your hopes that spirulina can help you to get a new lease on your health!
What Does Fresh Spirulina Taste Like?
People have many different impressions when tasting fresh spirulina. Many people say that spirulina tastes a lot like spinach. Others notice an earthy, sea-like flavor in this edible wonder. In fact, many people detect a slight “fishy” flavor when eating true spirulina. If you’re not the biggest fan of spirulina’s natural taste, you can mix it into a variety of recipes to counteract the flavor. Here’s a look at some suggestions for how to enjoy fresh spirulina:
- Add it to smoothies made with pineapple, banana, and other flavorful fruits.
- Add it to chocolate ice cream.
- Bake it into homemade energy bars.
- Whip up spirulina pesto.
- Make spirulina puree soup
- Add spirulina to eggs or omelets.
There’s no wrong way to eat natural spirulina! Plenty of people simply enjoy eating it “whole” because they treasure its natural taste. Others love finding creative ways to make the taste disappear into their favorite healthy foods.
You Be the Judge
You can read articles all day long about the benefits of fresh versus powdered spirulina. The truth is that most people settle for powdered spirulina because they aren’t aware that a convenient, commercially available option exists! Kyanos Farms has become the first farm to bring fresh spirulina directly to customers. Our 10-acre farm in Florida is the product of years of research and development driven by a passion for making the life-changing benefits of spirulina available to customers everywhere. Don’t take our word for it! Take the challenge by switching from powdered to fresh spirulina. We’re confident that you’re going to notice a drastic difference that will inspire you to never settle for lifeless, powdered products again. Shop our selection of the world’s freshest spirulina today!