+ What is Spirulina?
Spirulina plantesis is a spiral shaped blue-green microalgae that grows naturally in tropical countries like Chad, Central Africa, and Mexico. It is one of the oldest life forms on Earth; existing over 3.5 billion years. It is a highly alkaline algae reaching 10 pH. Spirulina is often described by nutritionists as the most holistic natural food.
+ How does SpiruVive Spirulina benefit me?
SpiruVive is a highly nutritional food well known for its vitamin and mineral properties. Its high nutritional profile comes from its Chlorophyll and Phycocyanin properties.
• SpiruVive is approximately 60% complete with easily digestible protein that contain all 8 essential amino acids;
• SpiruVive has 31 times more beta-carotene than carrots and 51 times more iron than spinach;
• SpiruVive is the best whole food source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA);
• SpiruVive is rich with 40 vitamins, minerals, trace elements, chlorophyll, and 2000 enzymes;
• SpiruVive is abundant in carotenoids, sulfolipids, glycolipids, phycocyanin, superoxide dismutase, RNA, and DNA.
Just as you would prefer a fresh blueberry over a powdered one, fresh SpiruVive Spirulina is more bio-available than dry and it tastes better! Although dry Spirulina has a higher concentration of nutrients by weight, the drying process can degrade some of the live enzymes. A recent study reported, “Fresh sample of Spirulina platensis shows better results in bioactive compounds quantitatively and qualitatively compared to that of dried sample...” One example is phycocyanin with its known antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and free radical scavenger properties. Phycocyanin is destroyed by high heat and can be totally degraded in the drying process. Another example is Spirulan (a polysaccharide found only in Spirulina) which can also be degraded when dried.
+ Where is SpiruVive grown?
SpiruVive Spirulina is grown in a closed facility in Richmond, BC Canada. After many years of research and development, we were able to create a micro-climate system that safeguards the purity and quality of SpiruVive; our culture system operates with minimal human intervention, protected from outside contaminants.
+ Does SpiruVive smell or taste bad like imported dry Spirulina?
SpiruVive Spirulina is virtually odorless and tasteless because of its purity and quality. Some customers have mentioned that it has a slight taste of seaweed. We suggest adding our SpiruVive as an ingredient to lemonade, juice or a smoothie to remove SpiruVive’s slight taste.
+ How do you consume SpiruVive?
Keep the bag of SpiruVive in the freezer, overnight keep one or two portion cups (10g) in the fridge. On the following day simply add 5-20 grams of SpiruVive into 500ml of lemon water or a smoothie in the morning. We suggest you take 5g to 20g of SpiruVive daily. Pay attention to how you feel. Use common senses be mindful when introducing any new food into your diet. You can also increase to higher amounts of Spiruvive to experience more positive effects.
+ What is the packaging like?
SpiruVive Spirulina is packaged in a sealed bag with 14, 10g portion cups. Fortunately, there is no need to thaw the entire bag. Simply open a single cup and drop its frozen content into a cup of water, into a drink or smoothie or mix it with a salad.
+ How do you use fresh/frozen Spiruvive?
It is perfect to supplement your food with amazing and unique fresh vitamins, minerals and live enzymes found in SpiruVive. Add fresh SpiruVive only to cold foods or liquids to protect its live enzymes from excessive heat (keep under 37*C). Add it to any drink or food including: Lemon water, smoothie, ice cream, salad dressing, oatmeal, cold soups and snacks (avocado, hummus, home-made live energy bars.)
+ How long does it last?
Being fresh frozen, the product lasts in a freezer (-18C) for an entire year. When refrigerated (-5C) its shelf life lasts 18 days.
+ Is SpiruVive clean of heavy metals and toxins?
Being grown in a contained farm, we guarantee its cleanliness. It is free from any heavy metals and toxins and it has been approved by the Vancouver Coastal Health authorities. Our closed micro-climate system is located in a clean facility protected from outside contaminants such as bird droppings, rodents, typhoons, acid rain, air or water pollution and microcystin (bacteria which attack the liver) often found in lakes and open ponds.
+ How long does it take to see results?
Results can vary from person to person. We recommend most people take 5 grams per day for health maintenance and prevention. For people with nutrient and health deficiencies, we recommend 10 grams or more per day. While each person reacts differently, effects may be noticeable within a week. We recommend to keep a daily journal to see your progress.
+ Is it organic?
SpiruVive Spirulina is not certified organic because aquatic plants grow differently than land-based plants that grow with organic fertilizer such as animal waste from chickens, birds, cattle, and rotten materials. Nutrients for our SpiruVive are composed of colorless, safe and crystalline food-grade compounds of the highest quality. Vancouver has also one of the best fresh water and air in the world.
+ Where does the original SpiruVive Spirulina culture comes from?
Our original SpiruVive culture is sourced from the University of Texas known for having one of the best culture in the world.
+ How long does it take for frozen Spirulina to dissolve in water?
Fresh frozen Spirulina dissolves in water at room temperate in less than 15 minutes.
+ Is Spirulina vegan, dairy, gluten, lactose, soy, wheat free?
Absolutely! Our Spirulina is pure.
+ Are there any side effects from taking Spirulina?
While SpiruVive Spirulina is a 100% natural product and is registered as a food on the GRAS list (Generally Recognized as Safe). Also, while high quality spirulina is free of adverse side effects, it does contain iodine, so people who are allergic or sensitive to iodine should avoid taking SpiruVive. For this same reason, people with hyperparathyroidism should also avoid it.
Those who are highly allergic or extremely sensitive to seafood or seaweed may also want to avoid taking spirulina, and people who are currently running a high fever should wait for the fever to subside before taking spirulina. We recommend to take the proper dosage of 5-10 grams/day. If you are experiencing any problems consult a physician.