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Spirulina is a cyanobacterium that can be consumed by humans and animals and is made primarily from two species of cyanobacteria: Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima. Arthrospira is cultivated worldwide; used as a dietary supplement as well as a whole food; and is available in tablet, flake and powder form. It is also used as a feed supplement in the aquaculture, aquarium and poultry industries.
Nutrient and vitamin content Protein Dried spirulina contains about 60% (51–71%) protein. It is a complete protein containing all essential amino acids, though with reduced amounts of methionine, cysteine and lysine when compared to the proteins of meat, eggs and milk. It is, however, superior to typical plant protein, such as that from legumes. The U.S. National Library of Medicine stated that spirulina was no better than milk or meat as a protein source, and was approximately 30 times more expensive per gram. Other nutrients Spirulina's lipid content is about 7% by weight, and is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and also provides alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), linoleic acid (LA), stearidonic acid (SDA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (AA). Spirulina contains vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamide), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is also a source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc. Spirulina contains many pigments which may be beneficial and bioavailable, including beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, chlorophyll-a, xanthophyll, echinenone, myxoxanthophyll, canthaxanthin, diatoxanthin, 3'-hydroxyechinenone, beta-cryptoxanthin and oscillaxanthin, plus the phycobiliproteins c-phycocyanin and allophycocyanin.
The kit includes: Detailed, bound instructions, 1 liter bottle of live Spirulina,
high-temperature heater with thermostat,
timer for heater (to keep Spirulina cool at night),
quiet air pump,
3′ of air hose,
15′ of narrow-range pH strips ,
50 micron harvest cloth,
1 bottle of iron juice good for 500L of culture,
2x 10-gallon packs of Starter mix,
1.6 lbs. of Make-up mix (good for about 6 lbs. of algae harvest),
and a very useful special gift,
plus a copy of “Grow Your Own Spirulina Superfood” by NASA algae scientist Dr. Aaron Wolf Baum! Kit does not include a tank.
Originally posted by winofiend
reply to post by DocHolidaze
Hmm, well it's basically seaweed so I'd be holding my nose and gulping it.
Depends I guess, I used to just have it in tablet form.
I also love sushi, and pickled seaweed. They are entirely different things, though, and I'd be worried that any sort of cooking would weaken the nutritional value. Raw would be the only way I'd imagine it being super.