The current advent of fresh and fresh frozen spirulina heralds a new era in functional superfoods.
Flash freezing virtually eliminates nutrient loss (often up to 80%) and healing phyconutient loss (often up to 90%) that result from spirulina drying and storage.
Fresh frozen spirulina provides a massive increase in phyconutrients with 10 to 20 times more powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and other healing bioactive molecules than found in dried spirulina powder or tablets.
Even Better Results
Thousands of research studies confirming spirulina benefits have been conducted on dried spirulina.
That means you can expect far better results from fresh frozen spirulina than confirmed in research.
Learn About Fresh vs Dried Spirulina
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For millennia dried spirulina was the world's most powerful superfood
Cherished for energy and endurance by the Aztecs and selected as the ideal space food by NASA, the UN calls dried spirulina "the most ideal food for mankind" and the WHO calls it "the most balanced, nutritious and complete superfood on earth".
A recent scientific review article presents the main biological activities of spirulina as an anticancer, neuroprotective, probiotic, anti-inflammatory, and immune system stimulating effect. Read more.
Another recent independent study describes spirulina as "nature's gift to mankind and describes immuno-protective, anticancer, antidiabetic, antiviral, and anti-obesity properties with a potential to drastically lower the chances of developing cancer, heart disease, or stroke or of contracting a life-threatening virus such as HIV, and prevent eyes from cataract formation. Read more.
Fresh spirulina changed that - it offers so much more
A recent independent research study compared fresh frozen spirulina to standard dried spirulina.
In terms of important phytonutrients and antioxidants that provide disease prevention and healing they found that fresh frozen spirulina contained
2.7 times more phycocyanin
6.8 times more chlorophyll
3.7 times more carotenoids
8.9 times more ascorbic acid
than dried spirulina.
See the research study below.
Fresh spirulina delivers functional not denatured protein
Dried spirulina sold as supplement powder or tablets contains denatured protein that is damaged by heat drying.
Fresh spirulina that is frozen or freeze-dried delivers 18 functional proteins that include powerful phytonutrients that boost human health, and prevent or counter illness including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, anemia and more.
Spirulina storage is important - don't waste your money
Here's what you need to know:
FRESH SPIRULINA only lasts a few days after harvest.
FRESH FROZEN SPIRULINA maintains all nutrients for up to a year.
OVEN DRIED SPIRULINA sold as supplement powder or tablets is low in nutrients (50% less protein and 75% less antioxidants than fresh frozen)
FREEZE DRIED SPIRULINA is better but is rare and very expensive.
ALL DRIED SPIRULINA can lose 75% of important nutrients within 2 months of storage.
Unless you live near a fresh spirulina farm, fresh frozen spirulina is your best buy for conventional nutrition and powerful phytonutrition benefits that include its ability to boost human health, and prevent or counter illness including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, anemia, and to boost mental and physical performance.
See the research below for more details.
Fresh spirulina tastes great - no fishy taste and smell
Spirulina is rich in omega fatty acids which are heat sensitive and damaged by high temperatures used to dry spirulina sold as supplement powder or tablets.
Remaining fatty acids go rancid when the product is stored without refrigeration. This causes the fishy taste and smell common to dried spirulina powder or tablets.
Fresh and fresh frozen spirulina has a creamy delicious taste with a hint of freshly cut grass aroma from the high chlorophyll content.
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH & ARTICLES
The posts below summarise independent research. Click through to view the article and follow links to the original research.
Dried spirulina sold as supplement powder or tablets contains denatured protein that is damaged by heat drying. Fresh spirulina that is frozen or freeze-dried delivers 18 functional proteins that include powerful phytonutrients that boost human health, and prevent or counter illness including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, anemia and more.
Researchers analyzed fresh, frozen and dried spirulina. Frozen spirulina contained 2.7 times more phycocyanin, 6.8 times more chlorophyll, 3.7 times more carotenoids, 2.3 times more protein and 8.9 times more vitamin C than conventional dried spirulina sold as a supplement.
Independent research shows that dried Spirulina loses more than 50% of its therapeutic antioxidant activity in 2 months unless stored at temperatures below 10°C in amber packs that are hermetically sealed.
Independent research compared levels of bioactive antioxidant compounds in fresh and dried Spirulina. The antioxidant ability to scavenge free radicals was measured to be 4.95 times higher in fresh spirulina compared to dried spirulina.
As spirulina farmers we do not make health claims for our products - we prefer to provide extracts from (and links to) some of the thousands of independent research studies that highlight the health benefits of spirulina.