How much spirulina should I take to start with?
A teaspoon of spirulina powder is 3 grams and each capsule contains half a gram so starting with a teaspoon of spirulina and up to 6 caps a day is a good way to start (in general, 1 – 5 grams a day is a good starting dose). Once you get going, it’s quite common to consume up to 10 grams a day.
What is the nutritional content of spirulina?
For a detailed analysis of spirulina’s nutritional value, please visit a spirulina section of an excellent NutritionData website.
Can I cook with spirulina?
No! It loses important properties when cooked so always add it to food, drinks and smoothies uncooked.
What if I don’t like the taste of spirulina?
Then either buy the capsules, or mix honey or some other taste changer in with the water. Buying powder or crunchy is better value, as you get more spirulina per gram per cost than you do with capsules. Powder is also assimilated quicker by the body. A lot of people find they adapt to liking the taste.
Does it affect animals?
There are anecdotal results that spirulina helps animal health, notably their fur.
Why isn’t it organic?
Our spirulina doesn’t use chemicals and pesticides. Our spirulina is being produced by simple eco-friendly methods made possible by the highly alkaline PH level of the spirulina culture, without the use of herbicides or other materials harmful to the environment. However, our producer is small-scale, and as such cannot afford the high cost of international organic certification which larger commercially competitive farms can.
Production of Spirulina requires a large amount of Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda). There are two reasons for this:
- Maintaining pH levels in growing water in order to avoid wild Algae growth with Spirulina in ponds (not all algae are good for human consumption and some wild algae are even toxic).
- Spirulina requires a high pH level environment to grow. Spirulina cannot grow well in low pH levels.
Sodium Bicarbonate is extracted from saltwater. According to our regulations, we are not eligible to claim our product is organic since Sodium Bicarbonate powder is in a chemical form.
(This information for this answer has been partially taken from here.)
What else is unique about this product?
Our spirulina is sundried and therefore creates a live vibrant taste which draws customers back to buying Spirulina Planet.
What about safety?
We are constantly checking the quality of its spirulina with laboratory testing on the nutritional value, micro biological and heavy metals analysis. Click here to view a copy of their lab test certificate (the link will open in a new window/tab).
I have more questions, what can I do?
Should you have any question that is not answered here, feel free to email to us. We’ll be more than happy to answer it and include it in this list for the benefits of others.