Named for its spiral shape, spirulina is probably one of the earliest life forms on earth, dating back 3.6 billion years. Spirulina is known as a “Super Food” because its nutrients are more concentrated than any other food or plant.
Quick and Easy Absorption
Of the three main types of algae (blue-green algae, spirulina, and chlorella), spirulina is the easiest to digest and absorb, because its cell walls are composed of mucopolysaccharides, rather than indigestible cellulose. Chlorella needs special processing to improve digestibility of a tough outer cell wall but is valued for its ability to bind with heavy metals and carry them out of the body. Wild blue-green algae contain remarkable healing properties but can transform into
exceptionally toxic plants under certain conditions. Freeze-drying is said to denature, or change the properties of these toxins.
Highly Digestible Source of Protein
Of special interest to vegetarians is the fact that with over 60 percent protein content, spirulina is the most potent and most digestible protein source known, containing all eight essential amino acids, plus 10 of the 12 nonessential amino acids.