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Spirulina Super Food Powder: The Mean Green Nutrition Machine

Spirulina is a legitimate super food. Get into it! Spirulina is a legitimate super food. Get into it!


At its most basic level, growing involves humans helping along Mother Nature's process by providing everything our preferred crops needs to flourish. As hydroponic science has evolved, we’ve learned to supply plants with a full spectrum of nutrients—and not just mineral nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and iron. Savvy growers know they get better results from crops when they supplement with carbohydrates, vitamins, amino acids and other important bioactive ingredients.

It’s taken thousands of years for mankind to learn how to give our crops these important ingredients, but would you believe that Mother Nature has been doing it for us the entire time? Spirulina, a type of blue-green algae, provides you with a full spectrum of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements, and it’s so modest that you might not even see it right in front of you.

At the 1974 United Nations World Food Conference, spirulina was touted as being the most ideal food for mankind. That is no small claim.

Biologists sometimes refer to spirulina as a “molecular miracle” because it uses so little to create so much. Dried spirulina powder contains more than 60% of its dry weight as amino acids. One acre of spirulina production can yield 40 times more protein than one acre of soy, and over 200 times more protein than using that acre to raise cattle. It is considered far more sustainable because it produces all these nutrients simply from sunlight, water and air—that’s it!

At the 1974 United Nations World Food Conference, spirulina was touted as being “the most ideal food for mankind.” That is no small claim. Spirulina is so nutrient-packed that you can actually overdo eating it, especially if you want to avoid building up an excess of fat-soluble vitamins. Adding just a scoop (15 grams) of spirulina to your favorite smoothie will give it a bright green color and a slightly sweet, verdant sort of taste. It also gives you 8 grams of protein and the following percentages of your daily intake of vitamins and minerals:

Vitamin A - 525%

Iron - 114%

Phosphorous - 13%

Magnesium - 28%

Iodine - 50%

Chromium - 166%

Molybdenum - 80%

B1 - 39%

Niacin - 13%

Vitamin K (fat-soluble) - 100%

Vitamin B12 - 2250%

These are correct figures, not typos, clearly proving that this Earth-friendly food is a nutritional powerhouse. Give it a try, because you deserve the same level of healthy diet your crops do.

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