THE WORLD’S HEALTHIEST foods all have one thing in common -The bioavailability of nutrients. One of the most important and little talked about factors of good nutrition.
Bioavailability is defined as the quantity or fraction of an ingested amount of unchanged nutrients that are absorbed into the systemic circulation. However, your food may or (may not) contain adequate nutrition and you may (or may not) be able to absorb and utilize it.
When we consume food the body begins the breakdown of that substance immediately in the mouth with the salivary action. The first step in making a nutrient bioavailable is to liberate it from the food matrix and turn it into a chemical form that can bind to and enter the gut cells or pass between them. Collectively this is referred to as bioaccessibility.
Raw Living Spirulina is a superfood with tremendous health benefits! Considered a complete protein, this blue-green algae provides an ideal balance of all nine essential amino acids. It’s also naturally loaded with vitamins A through K, iron, potassium, calcium, and antioxidants. All it takes is one to two tablespoons per day, mixed into fresh green juice, fresh coconut water, or simply taken by the spoon, to add a major health boost to your everyday life.
We all know that full health benefits come from real fresh food but what is fresh? Today the word fresh is used more as a marketing tool than truth? Fresh food has bioactivity or movement within the cells at the time of consumption. The word fresh means: recently made or obtained; not canned, frozen, or otherwise preserved.
It’s important to keep in mind that there is a huge difference between a powdered substance and a fresh one. In terms of nutrient density, smell and taste, and bioavailability – fresh Spirulina is fully packed with living nutrients, tastes amazing and the body recognizes it as food 100%.
Nutrient density in fresh Spirulina
Spirulina is regarded as the Most Ideal Food for Mankind (United Nations) due to its high content of protein, lipid, vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, β-carotene, and polysaccharides. With two distinctive natural colors, carotenoids and C-phycocyanin, Spirulina use has aligned with consumer awareness regarding the importance of natural color agents for their nutritional and health-related benefits.
Carotenoids are a class of natural lipid-soluble pigments that are responsible for the red, yellow, and orange colors found in various plants and microorganisms. They function primarily as photosynthesis aids and are used in the photoprotection process. Humans and other animals are unable to synthesize carotenoids and acquire them through alimentation.
The health benefits of carotenoids to humans and animals are becoming increasingly apparent. For example, there is evidence that these pigments may protect humans from serious disorders associated with oxidative and inflammatory stress including skin degeneration and aging, cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and age-related diseases of the eye, such as macular degeneration or cataracts.
Phycocyanin is an amazing compound found nowhere else except in blue-green algae. It is far beyond just a beautiful blue pigment. It acts as an assistant to chlorophyll which is responsible for photosynthesis literally giving life to the planet. When absorbed into the human body it does just that for us as well.
The biological activities of C-phycocyanin are wide-ranging and include antioxidant, antimutative, antiviral and antitumor properties. C-PC has also been shown to stimulate the immune system and exhibit hepatoprotective, antiplatelet, and neuroprotectiveactivities. It is believed that the various health benefits of Spirulina are derived from oxidative stress reduction, and β-carotene and C-PC are important contributors to this effect.
Another study shows that drying methods for the processing of Spirulina resulted in approximately 50% of losses of phycocyanin. E.G. Oliveira et al. / Bioresource Technology 100 (2009) 1297–1303
The high heat drying of food results in quality reduction compared with fresh products. As a result, both carotenoids and phycocyanin are delicate and are easily degraded during the mass production process.
We, at our farm in Florida, never process our Raw Living Spirulina. We harvest very delicately by hand, let it chill overnight, transfer to the glass jars, and ship it immediately to you. So, there is no degradation of nutrition. Raw Living Spirulina contains over 25 Billion Living cells per pound – that’s 1.5 Billion per spoonful. WOW!
Smell and taste is different
Spirulina, when it is fresh, has no smell and almost no taste to it. If you’ve experienced Raw Living Spirulina before, you know what I am talking about. But the powder Spirulina has a very distinctive (and mostly unpleasant) taste and smell. That stench is due to the oxidation from the burning of the lipids through the spray drying process.
I remember years ago when I was introduced to the Spirulina that I could not stand the smell and the taste of it. It was such an unpleasant odor that my body was not able to recognize.
Raw Living Spirulina is as fresh as is possible, almost completely odorless and tasteless.
Is your Spirulina 100% bioavailable?
In Raw Living Spirulina, there is no cellulose and because of this it is very easily absorbed. For maximum therapeutic efficacy, it is best consumed first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Here, the body immediately recognizes it as a living whole food and welcomes the nutrients through the Epithelial tissue in the stomach directly into the bloodstream without hindrance from any other food.
When it comes to powder Spirulina,
the body does not recognize it because is not food anymore but a processed pile of burnt ash. The process of drying Spirulina also removes essential enzymes required for us to break down and utilize all of the nutrients that Spirulina contains – making it much more effective and efficient to consume in fresh form. There is a tremendous number of studies showing the benefits of powder Spirulina. Now, can you imagine how many more benefits you can get from fresh Raw Living Spirulina?
is FRESH, and 100% bioavailable which means that it is completely recognized by the body as real nutrition and easily absorbed into your system.