Frequently Asked Questions
+ What is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae and a known superfood that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. It contains nutrients, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid).
+ Why is it important for Spirulina to be fresh?
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. Read our blog post for more information.
+ Where is SpiruVive grown?
SpiruVive Spirulina is grown in Vancouver, BC, Canada. After many years of research and development, we have created a unique and patented technology that safeguards the purity and quality of SpiruVive. Our system operates with minimal human intervention, protected from outside contaminants.
+ Does SpiruVive smell or taste bad like imported dry Spirulina?
Our 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 SpiruVive to your favorite juice, smoothie or lemonade. Or simply add water and a squeeze of lemon or lime.
+ How do you consume SpiruVive?
We recommend adding 1 mini-packet of spirulina to your morning smoothie or juice.
+ How long does it last?
Since our Spirulina is fresh frozen, the product lasts an entire year when kept in a freezer (-18C). When refrigerated, (-5C) its shelf life is up to 14 days.
+ Is SpiruVive free of heavy metals and toxins?
Grown in a closed controlled system, we can guarantee the cleanliness and purity of our product. It is free of heavy metals, mycrocystins (bacteria which attack the liver)and toxins. We are approved by Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
SpiruVive is not exposed to outside contaminants such as bird droppings, rodents, acid rain, polluted air, industrial effluents often found in lakes and open ponds. We are able to offer our Spirulina in its pure raw unaltered form because our unique closed system prevents contamination - avoiding the need to dry or irradiate our product to kill biological contaminants. The drying and irradiating process can signficantly reduce the potency of Spirulina. Some studies suggest that dried Spirulina has only 15% of the potency of fresh Spirulina.
+ Is it Organic?
Our 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. Vancouver also has some of the purest water and air in the world. SpiruVive is 100% natural and non-GMO.
+ Where does the original your Spirulina culture come from?
Our original SpiruVive culture is sourced from the University of Texas known which has one of the best algae culture collections in the world.
+ Is Spirulina vegan, dairy, gluten, lactose, soy, wheat free?
Absolutely! SpiruVive is the perfect food for Vegans, Vegetarians and all health conscious people.
+ Are there any side effects from taking Spirulina?
SpiruVive is a 100% natural product and is registered as a food on the GRAS list (Generally Recognized as Safe). Our high quality Spirulina 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. If you are experiencing any problems please consult a physician.
+ Which stores can I find you in?
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