How to recognize quality spirulina
Utmost care must be taken when purchasing spirulina – especially given the number of new companies that have entered the market to take advantage of spirulina’s growing popularity in recent years. Many of them offer very poor-quality spirulina, or even different types of algae that simply resemble spirulina – the consumption of which can actually be quite dangerous to one’s health! Algorigin is here to help you understand the factors for which you should keep an eye out when deciding which spirulina to choose.
1. Labeling and composition
In order to ensure that you are getting a quality product, the label must include terms such as “Spirulina”, “Spirulina platensis”, or “Arthrospira platensis”. When purchasing tablets, the spirulina content should be at least 98% and they must not contain any preservatives or artificial colorings. If purchasing a product in granule or powder form, its content should be 100% spirulina.
2. Visual appearance
Good spirulina features an attractive dark green matte color.
A shiny surface indicates that the spirulina has been crushed, compacted, and then covered with a coating to prevent it from breaking apart again.
It also should not contain much dust – the presence of dust likewise indicates that the product has been broken apart and compacted, losing some of its nutritional benefits in the process.
While good spirulina certainly does feature its own particular smell, it should not be an unpleasant one. A very strong odor indicates a high rate of oxidation, and thus a damaged product.
The rate of the Spirulina’s dissolution should be:
– not too fast – in order to ensure that it reaches the stomach and releases its active ingredients in the intestine where they can be absorbed by the body, and
– not too slow – which would result in it only being absorbed very little as it passes through the digestive tract.
While the dissolution rate of Algorigin’s organic Spirulina is ideal, standard products are far too slow in this regard. The nutrients contained in these products only get absorbed by our bodies in smaller amounts. Carefully choosing a good-quality spirulina will ensure that it has the greatest possible positive effect on your health.
In rare cases, spirulina may cause slight gas during the first few days; gradually increasing the dosage is thus recommended. Lots of gas, however, is generally an indication ofa poor-quality or damaged product.
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Algorigin’s philosophy: ensuring quality at every step of the process
Spirulina is grown in alkaline pools and fed with minerals. The quality of the water, air, and food in its culture medium are all important for producing good spirulina – because impurities or poor quality in the water, air, or food will inevitably find their way into the spirulina itself, with a negative effect on its quality.
The drying and conditioning processes are also very important to the production of quality spirulina. Most spirulina producers dry their products using a “spray-dry” system, which involvesbreaking the spirulina cells down to form a liquid that can then be sprayed against a very high-temperature stream of air (>190°C) in a conical chamber. This process is particularly damaging to the products’ nutritional qualities – as breaking the cell membranes exposes the spirulina to accelerated oxidation, which degrades its active components.
Algorigin Spirulina’s production takes place in an environment, in the Ecuadorian Andes, that is ideal for spirulina cultivation due to its high-quality water and air.