Spirulina

The superfood of Northern Greece

Perhaps, up today you may had thought that it is a kind of pill, but in fact, Spirulina is an edible seaweed, that can be cultivated and consumed as food by humans and animals.

spirulina1Spirulina is a microscopic freshwater algae, with characteristic blue-green color due to natural pigments such as chlorophyll. Scientifically, it is called “arthrospeira” because it is composed of many cells that form filaments, characterized by cylindrical, multicellular trichomes in an open left-hand helix or spiral.

Spirulina is a 100% natural product which contains a variety of nutritional components that make it a balanced natural wholefood. It contains great amount of high biological value protein (55-70%) and a wide range of vitamins, metals, minerals and polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as iron, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), beta-carotene, (provitamin A), vitamin B complex, vitamin E etc. Moreover, its content in vitamin B12, which is a vitamin mainly found in animal source food, makes spirulina an ideal source of vitamin B12 for vegetarians.

Spirulina has beneficial effects in several diseases and health disorders such as: Diabetes mellitus, Asthma, Iron deficiency anaemia, Gastrointestinal disorder, Increased fatigue – Decreased performance, Bad condition of skin and health, Metabolism disorders and many more.

The beneficial properties of spirulina are not only attributed to the activity of its nutrients separately, but also to their synergistic effect. Spirulina is considered to be an ideal food supplement.

spirulina2Spirulina’s natural environment is rich in minerals lakes with high PH. In Greece, after a study conducted by the Aristotle University in order to locate and select a suitable site, spirulina is currently produced in Northern Greece, in the area of Nigrita in the city of Serres. Greece is one of the largest commercial producers of spirulina along with the US, India, China and other.

There are several ways of how to consume spirulina such as a protein powder based on the miraculous seaweed but which it also contains additional ingredients. It is dissolvable in plain water, juices, nonfat milk or you can add it to yogurt and low fat smoothies.

There is also spirulina in liquid form, like syrup, which can be mixed in water, beverages, fruit juices etc., or can be added to yogurt, cream cheeses, salad dressings etc.

Finally, spirulina is also available in capsules, as a dietary supplement, that should be taken 2-3 times daily.

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