What is Gospiral Fresh Spirulina?
Spirulina is a type of organism known as a microscopic filamentous algae that grows in fresh and saltwater. This green algae is rich in proteins, vitamins, essential amino acids, minerals, pigments and essential fatty acids like linolenic acid. In fact, its impressive and ample nutritional profile has led spirulina to become widely accepted as the most nutrient dense food item on the planet.
Our Gospiral fresh spirulina is superior to any other type, in terms of its bioavailability, nutritional profile, purity, freshness and more. So why is spirulina so powerful? Let’s examine this superfood.
What do you get in a single tablespoon?
A single tablespoon of spirulina contains 4g of protein - 70% of spirulina’s weight - 21% of the RDA of vitamin B1, 15% of vitamin B2, 5% of B3, 21% of copper, 11% of iron, magnesium, potassium and manganese, 1g omega fatty acids (in the ratio of 1:1.5 omega 3-6) and numerous other key nutrients including antioxidants, phytonutrients and more.
Containing 4g of protein per tablespoon, spirulina is a great protein option for vegetarians and vegans because it contains all of the nine essential amino acids, making it one of the only plant-based sources of complete protein. In fact, calorie for calorie, spirulina contains three times more protein than beef.
You’ll also be getting 1g of fat - omega 6 and omega 3. These types of fat are vital for cognitive function, fighting inflammation, immune function, heart health and body weight regulation; as explored in a study published in Advances in Nutrition in 2012.
What are the benefits of consuming spirulina?
According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Phycology, here are the main evidence-based benefits of spirulina:
- Improve cholesterol levels
- Regulates immune function (immunomodulatory)
- Improves gut health by increasing intestinal lactobacilli
- Potent antioxidant
What does the research say?
The benefits of consuming spirulina are based on these main properties. For example, a 2013 study found that when participants consumed spirulina for 12 weeks, they significantly reduced inflammation and noted higher antioxidant activity, responsible for fighting free radical damage and oxidative stress.
Inflammation and oxidative stress cause a multitude of health complications, from cancer to acne to premature cardiovascular fatigue - thus, by consuming spirulina, the risk of these complications is reduced. A study that examined this found that when supplementing with spirulina, participants had better endurance and performance during exercise.
Why Gospiral fresh spirulina?
Gospiral is a farm that harvests fresh, pure spirulina. Fresh spirulina has been shown to have superior benefits in terms of its bioavailability. If you’re a little lost, this essentially means how much of the good stuff is absorbed when it's consumed. An estimated 2% of powdered spirulina is actually absorbed, greatly minimizing the benefits it can produce. When compared to fresh spirulina, 95% is absorbed, allowing it to work its magic in the body.
Moreover, fresh spirulina is more nutritionally dense. A 2015 study compared fresh to powdered spirulina to examine the nutritional differences. The researchers found fresh spirulina contained significantly higher amounts of all nutrients, partially because they haven’t been extracted with the water during manufacturing, or exposed to heat processing, which kills off many nutrients.
A final reason to consume fresh spirulina is that it contains less toxins. If you’re buying low cost powdered spirulina, unfortunately - you’re also going to be getting low quality spirulina. This means it’s likely contaminated with other toxins and microalgaes, which is in part responsible for the strong, foul taste of powdered spirulina. Our fresh spirulina has been grown in a fully enclosed farm to ensure the highest product purity. It also has a mild taste due to this purity, making it a delicious addition to yogurts or smoothies.
Spirulina has extensive and powerful therapeutic benefits, backed by science. To get the most from spirulina, it should be integrated into your diet regularly, for optimal health and wellbeing. Click here to purchase.