FRESH SPIRULINA VS. DRIED POWDER
WHAT is spirulina?
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows naturally in fresh water lakes in Africa and North America. Spirulina has existed for approximately 3.6 billion years, and was consumed as a traditional food in 9th Century Chad and by Aztecs in 16th Century Mexico. Unlike seaweed, each individual Spirulina organism is only about as thick as 3-5 pieces of paper, but is packed with protein, minerals and anti-oxidants.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Fresh Spirulina maintains the integrity of the nutrient-dense properties ensuring that you get the highest-quality, potent and bioavailable algae. Dried powder and pills are highly-processed with additive or glue limiting the nutritional benefits.
Fresh Spirulina is completely unprocessed. After we filter the algae from the water, we gently press it to reduce the water content. The end result is a soft paste that needs to be refrigerated or can be frozen.
To turn the algae into a dry powder, it needs to be dehydrated. Drying methods vary from farm to farm but spray-drying is one of the most common techniques. Many products contain additives to prevent the powder from clumping or - if the powder is pressed into pills - some form of glue.