In fact, spirulina will be making its debut in powder and tablet form in our store soon and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by sharing how we selected our high-quality spirulina products.
Spirulina is not like most “herbal” supplements, since it is actually a bacteria. Spirulina comes from what is called cyanobacteria, an incredibly nutrient-rich alga that grows in warm water. Spirulina has been used for centuries by civilizations such as the Aztecs in Mexico, but recently caught the attention of the modern public when NASA began utilizing the superfood as a nutrition source during space travel.
Spirulina is most notably known for its very rich make up of proteins and essential amino acids. Spirulina is 65% protein and is considered to be a complete protein due to its rich make up of essential amino acids. Other plant protein sources like soy are only made up of around 34% protein. This is another reason why spirulina is being considered as a possible solution to malnutrition in many countries.
Some of the essential amino acids found in spirulina include leucine, isoleucine, and valine. These amino acids are essential for muscle growth, tissue repair, regulating blood sugar, and helping to maintain your body’s overall health.
In addition, spirulina also contains several B Vitamins such as thiamine (Vitamin B-1) which is responsible for cardiovascular and nervous system health. Spirulina is also a richer source of calcium than milk, which is necessary for strong bones and muscles.
With so many incredible benefits, we knew we had to bring these powerful cyanobacteria to the Zhou Nutrition family. We knew we wanted to bring the highest quality spirulina to our customers, so we did our own research on the growing processes and quality of spirulina farms around the world.
Since most spirulina is grown in the warm waters, we wanted to know more about how the quality of the bacteria was affected by water quality and conditions. We quickly discovered that most spirulina was being sourced from China, one of the most polluted countries in the world. According to a report from the New York Times, 80% of China’s underground wells used for farming and other agricultural purposes were found to be unfit for drinking and even bathing.
With this new shocking knowledge, we set out to find the highest quality spirulina around the world.
Our search led us to none other than U.S. soil, where our future California grower was producing pure spirulina and following a number of quality practices that fit Zhou Nutrition’s commitment to quality.
Some of these practices include:
When it comes to spirulina, quality is everything. That’s why we spent countless hours of research, communication and quality checks to assure the purest spirulina for our customers. We can’t wait to share this amazing superfood with you soon!