What is spirulina? Benefits, forms, dosage, consumption

What is spirulina? Origin and composition

Spirulina is a cyanobacterium

Spirulina has been present on earth for 3.5 billion years. This micro-algae is a member of the cyanobacteria family. Thanks to photosynthesis, these plants have made the planet’s air breathable for life…

It measures between 0.3 and 0.5 mm and owes its blue-green color to
phycocyanin
and chlorophyll it contains. It is a consistent source of nutrients (proteins, iron, trace elements, minerals, vitamins, pigments, etc….).

Spirulina grows best in slightly salty, alkaline water at 35-37°C, and is most often found in spiral form, but there are many different varieties.

First found naturally in lakes near the Equator, in India, Chad, Burma and Mexico, it has been a major foodstuff for the peoples of the Andes and certain African tribes for several centuries.

Today (in the last 50 years or so), it is cultivated by craftsmen and industrialists on every continent.

The different forms of spirulina

Spiruline au microscope

Spirulina under the microscope

To observe spirulina spirals, you need a microscope, as they are invisible to the naked eye... It measures around 300 microns.

Spiruline fraîche

Fresh Spirulina

When spirulina is removed from its culture water, it is called "biomass". Fresh spirulina is excellent, but it doesn't keep for long in this form.

Spiruline en brindille

Spirulina twigs

Spirulina twigs are the crudest form of dry spirulina. Once the spirulina has been extruded (forming spaghetti) and dried, it is coarsely crushed.

Spiruline en poudre

Spirulina powder

Our spirulina twigs are reduced to powder by gentle grinding before being formed into tablets. There are too many poor-quality powders on the market. We advise you to make your own powder from twigs to guarantee its origin and purity.

Spiruline en comprimé

Spirulina tablets

Spirulina tablets are made from our own twigs without any excipients. The compression is so gentle that they can practically be crunched. This form is ideal for people who don't like the taste of spirulina.

The main benefits of spirulina

Our Vibratory Spirulina® provides over 100 nutrients: amino acids, minerals, rhamnose sugar, trace elements, enzymes (superoxide dismutase, etc.) and vitamins A, D, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B7, B8, B12, K.

Since 1996, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the FAO have been recommending Spirulina as a ” superfood ” to combat malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.

The WHO has created IIMSAM, an intergovernmental service for the use of spirulina to combat malnutrition.

IIMSAM has estimated that 17.5g of spirulina would feed a 70kg person, and 5g a child.

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  • Une spiruline haut de gamme riche en nutriments respectant le cahier des charges "Spiruline Vibratoire"
  • Crue (séchée à moins de 42°C) et végane. Les comprimés sont façonnés sans excipients.
  • Intransigeance dans toutes les étapes de la production
Forte teneur en protéines

High assimilable protein content

Its high protein concentration (around 60%), proportionally higher than the protein content of meat, makes it a very interesting food.

Its proteins are easily assimilated by the body and contain the 8 essential amino acids that the body cannot synthesize itself.

Spirulina also contains 10 of the 12 non-essential amino acids.

Proteins contribute to :

    • increase muscle mass
    • a maintenance of muscle mass
    • a maintenance of normal bone structure
    • Protein is necessary for normal growth and bone development in children.
Spiruline : source de fer

Exceptional source of Iron

Spirulina contains about 3 mg in 5 grams of spirulina.

Iron contributes to :

  • cell division process
  • reduce fatigue
  • normal functioning of the immune system
  • normal transport of oxygen in the body
  • the
    normal formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin
  • a
    normal energy metabolism
  • a
    normal cognitive function
  • normal cognitive development of children.
Spiruline bêta carotène

Contains numerous pigments

It contains various carotenoids (mainly beta-carotene, but also cryptoxanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin, etc.).

Spirulina contains 30 times more beta-carotene than carrots! Spirulina Vibratoire® is also rich in phycocyanin, a powerful stimulant.

Spirulina is also a source of chlorophyll (120 mg in 5 g / day):

  • In our bodies, chlorophyll
    combines with iron to help produce hemoglobin
    playing an essential role in the functioning of the heart, muscles and nerves.
  • Detoxifying properties for the body and anti-fatigue properties.
  • It promotes
    blood regeneration
    .
  • It helps maintain healthy intestinal flora.
Spiruline riche en vitamine D et K

Rich in vitamin D

Very rich in micronutrients, its nutritional qualities are well proven. Spirulina is the subject of numerous programs run by official bodies.

Vibratory Spirulina® is an excellent source of trace elements, with all the vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K that make it a highly nutritious and complete superfood. It is a source of vitamin D (100% of RDA with 5 g / day) which contributes to :

  • lnormal absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus
  • a
    normal calcemia
  • maintenance ofnormal bone structure
  • maintaining normal
    normal muscle function
  • a maintenance of normal dentition
  • normal functioning of the
    immune system
  • play a role in the
    cell division process.
Spiruline riche en vitamine D et K

Source of vitamin K and B12

Spirulina has excellent levels of vitamin K and vitamin B12.

Spirulina is a source of vitamin K (200% of RDA in 5 g / day) which contributes to :

  • normal blood coagulation
  • maintenance of normal bone structure

Spirulina is a source of vitamin B12 (75% of RDA in 5 g / day) which contributes to :

  • normal energy metabolism
  • normal functioning of the nervous system
  • normal homocysteine metabolism
  • normal psychological functions
  • normal red blood cell formation
  • normal functioning of the immune system
  • reduce fatigue
  • play a role in the cell division process.
La Spiruline soutient le métabolisme

Supports metabolism

Its nutritional richness makes it an essential source of cofactors for the body's proper functioning.

  • It is a source of ofantioxidants which help the body protect itself from the consequences of oxidative stress.
  • It maintains
    correct blood sugar levels
    .
  • It helps to improve tone and vitality, helps with fatigue, helps support the body’s vitality, helps you feel more energetic.
La Spiruline régule l'appétit (régime)

Helps regulate appetite

Spirulina is an invaluable aid for people seeking to lose or regulate their weight.

  • For weight control, spirulina prevents starch degradation.
  • It is an amino acid supplementationfor the preservation of lean massin low-protein weight-loss diets, recommended during slimming diets to help maintain muscle mass.

With fewer calories, 1 handful of spirulina contains the same amount of :

  • protein than 35 g of beef
  • calcium than 3 glasses of milk
  • 3 bowls of spinach
  • beta-carotene than 18 carrots

Spirulina is a source of phenylalanine, an amino acid precursor of cholecystokinin (CCK), a hormone produced by the brain to signal satiety. Consumption of spirulina is thought to increase CCK concentrations, thereby reducing appetite.

La Spiruline soutient les défense immunitaires

Supports the immune system

Thanks to its immuno-stimulant potential, Vibratory Spirulina® is particularly suitable for people weakened by the stresses of daily life (stress, fatigue, etc.).

  • Spirulina helps support the immune system, phycocyanin (one of spirulina’s phyto nutrients) is a powerful stimulant.
  • It strengthens the body’s natural defenses – promotes resistance.

In addition to the powerful pigmentary antioxidants it contains, spirulina’s fatty acids are 40% gamma-linolenic acid, a precursor of chemical mediators of inflammatory and immune reactions.

Who can take spirulina?

Toutes les formes de spiruline
Personnes malades / convalescentes

Sick/convalescent people

Its immunostimulant properties and micro-nutritional virtues support the weakened, sick and convalescent.

Sportifs

Sportsmen

Its high natural protein and nutrient content, as well as its alkalinity, are highly beneficial to athletes.

Enfants

Children

Spirulina offers nutrients that help support the body's nutritional needs.

Vegan, végétalien, végétarien

Vegetarian / Vegan

Spirulina's essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and proteins are ideal for people on diets that may lead to deficiencies.

La spiruline un bon soutien pour les femmes

Femininity

Its high iron and micronutrient content makes it a real support for women at every stage of their lives (cyclicity, maternity, breastfeeding, menopause, etc.).

Senior, personnes âgées

Seniors

Spirulina is a daily ally for seniors and those who want to stay in shape.

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How to eat spirulina

Comment consommer la spiruline
Les différentes formes de spiruline

Which shape to choose?

Twigs, tablets or powder? The best form of spirulina is the one you can take over the long term. The one that best fits your daily routine. The basic twig is the crudest form, but our tablets are made at low pressure and without any excipients. If you wish to obtain powder, we advise you to make your own powder by blending twigs.

Posologie : spiruline - phycocyanine

Dosage

The recommended dose of Vibratory Spirulina® is 3 to 5 g a day (1 teaspoonful of twigs), sprinkled on your dishes, salads, compote, yoghurt or incorporated into your smoothies. It should be eaten cold to preserve its nutritional qualities. In case of intensive effort, pregnancy or extreme fatigue, the dosage may be doubled.

Effets secondaires : spiruline - phycocyanine

Side effects

Due to its detoxifying effect, which can accelerate transit or in rare cases cause nausea, it's best to start very gradually, reaching the full dose within 10 days. Spirulina can have a stimulating effect, so take it in the morning and at lunchtime.

Contre indications : spiruline - phycocyanine

Contraindications

Taking spirulina in excess of recommended daily doses is contraindicated for people with severe renal insufficiency, high uricemia or phenylketonuria. What's more, high doses of beta-carotene (if spirulina is over-consumed) can be harmful to smokers. The information and indications given on this site are for health and lifestyle purposes only and are in no way intended as therapeutic indications for medical purposes.

Mentions obligatoires : spiruline - phycocyanine

Mandatory information

Spirulina (in tablet form) is a superfood considered by the DGCCRF to be a dietary supplement. It is not a substitute for a varied, balanced diet, nor is it a replacement for medical treatment. If you have any doubts about your state of health and about taking spirulina, it is advisable to seek the advice of your doctor. Our Vibratory Spirulina® Life's Code is a food supplement authorized by the DGCCRF n° 2019-6-932.

How to recognize a good spirulina?

Reconnaitre une spiruline de qualité

The essentials for quality production:

Fabriqué dans le respect de l'environnement

Respect for spirulina and the environment

Producing Vibratory Spirulina® in a greenhouse keeps the heat in (ecology) and isolates the crop from insects, animals and external pollutants (hygiene). There are large-scale open-air spirulina production operations whose sole aim is profitability. These crops cover hundreds of hectares, use up a lot of resources and cannot offer spirulina of the same quality as artisanal production. Life's Producers are all deeply touched by the power of spirulina, and treat it with great love and respect. The Life's Code charter chooses its sites away from areas of atmospheric, electrical, electromagnetic, soil or water pollution.

Fabriqué avec de l'eau de qualité

Quality water for the growing medium

Water is the basis of life... It records everything, it keeps the memory... (Cf. Dr Masaru Emoto's work). The quality of the water used to make up the culture medium is the most important factor in producing high-quality spirulina. Life's Producteurs use top-quality, filtered, pure drinking water, tested by independent laboratories. The water in the basins is free from any trace of undesirable bacteria or micro-organisms, heavy metals or pesticides. According to the Life's Code charter, the water in the basins is energized = by the vortex effect. This process gives water back all its vitality by mimicking the life of rivers, rainwater or whirlpools.

Analyse en laboratoire

Transparent analysis

In line with the Life's Code charter, several times a day, pond parameters are checked (pH, water and air temperature, concentration, brightness, etc.). Spirulina is examined under a microscope and compositional analyses are carried out. We carry out a bacteriological analysis on every batch of finished product. The presence of heavy metals and pesticides is also frequently sought in farming environments. Each analysis report appears on the website in full transparency.

Séchage à basse température

Low drying temperature

In accordance with the Life's Code charter, spirulina is dried at low temperature (around 37°C) to preserve all its virtues, and the twigs are made from 100% spirulina and contain no preservatives, colorants or other additives.

Culture raisonnée

Reasoned cultivation

After daily analysis of its culture medium, spirulina receives only what it needs to grow. We take care not to "overfeed" spirulina in order to preserve the quality of its culture medium and avoid the development of undesirable micro-organisms. This requires a great deal of control over its needs and development.

Cyanobacteria, major players in life on Earth - Excerpt from the film "HOME", Yann Arthus Bertrand, Good Planet Foundation. Duration: 1 min.

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