FAQ about Spirulina
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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should take Spirulina?

Because Spirulina contains many nutrients not available in the normal diet, the health of anyone will benefit but it can be of particular benefit to Athletes, those interested in general fitness, people who have digestion, assimilation, and elimination problems, weight watchers and can be added to other foods for children who won’t eat green vegetables. It can be used for anyone who is recovering from illness or treatments that deplete the body such as chemotherapy, as it boosts the overall nutrition for recovery. It can provide a quick and easy boost to the diet of those who have a busy lifestyle, as they often eat junk food (not intended as a replacement for a varied and healthy diet). It helps speed recovery after surgery by increasing overall nutrition, and is of benefit to people with low energy.

How does our Spirulina grow?

Spirulina Pacifica is a specially bred strain of the edible microalgae Spirulina platensis. It is cultured in shallow, open ponds (approximately 20 cm deep) adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. A combination of fresh water and supplemental deep ocean water is used to fill the ponds. The other major components required for growing Spirulina Pacifica are food-grade baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and carbon dioxide. Food grade natural fertilizers are used and the deep sea water is added as a rich source of minerals and trace elements. Paddle wheels agitate the water, ensuring even exposure of the algae to the sun for optimal growth and nutritional value.

What does Spirulina contain?

Our Spirulina powder is pure and contains no additives, for the nutritional breakdown, see nutrient analysis.

How should Spirulina be stored?

If unopened, check the use by date on the packaging. Avoid High temperature, moisture or pollution as this will reduce the beneficial effects of Spirulina. We recommend that you buy and keep no more than 6 months worth at one time. Once opened we strongly recommend you use the product within three months. After usage, ensure you reseal the packing as soon as possible. Keep in cool place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

Who shouldn't take it too much Spirulina?

Should not be taken by people with hyperparathyroidism, or who have allergies to seafood or seaweed. Should also not be taken by persons experiencing high fever.

How much Spirulina should be taken?

Follow the recommended dose on the label.

How should Spirulina be taken?

Take with filtered water or spring water or natural unsweetened fruit juice. Do not, mix with tea or coffee or any other artificial drink, recommended dose on the label. Or buy the tablet form.

What are Spirulina side effects?

There are no known side effects from Spirulina as it is a food. If too much is taken, however, you may not benefit any more and simply waste the product.

Is Spirulina a food ? or medicine?

Spirulina is a whole food, suitable for vegans. It is not a medicine or vitamin supplement. It is intended for overall food nutrition and is not recommended for the treatment of any illness or disease. If you have an illness please consult your doctor or other health professional.

Spirulina Veg. protein vs animal protein

Spirulina contains more than 60% vegetable protein, which is much higher than fish, pork, or beef (which contains about 15 ~20 %).Animal protein is a much bigger molecule than vegetable protein, and is much harder to for our system to digest. Vegetable protein is water soluble, and is much smaller than animal protein. If you eat too much vegetable protein, it is simply discharged by your system as waste and not stored as fat. Animal protein is a much bigger molecule than vegetable protein, and is much harder to for our system to digest. When too much animal protein is eaten, it is deposited in our body as fat. Too much fat will cause high cholesterol levels and may impact our heart and blood vessels.

Vegetable protein is water soluble, and is much smaller than animal protein. If you eat too much vegetable protein, it is simply discharged by your system as waste and not stored as fat.

Does Spirulin contain Heavy Metals?

Cheap brands of Spirulina or wild harvested Spirulina can absorb pollutants and heavy metals from the water it grows in, therefore it important that you purchase Spirulina such as ours, that is grown in completely free, pollutant free water and is certified as safe to eat.

What is Astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin, a member of the carotenoid family, is an oxygenated pigment called a xanthophyll. It is a fat-soluble nutrient.

What is the source of Bioastin Natural Astaxanthin?

Bioastin Natural Astaxanthin is derived from Microalgae grown in clean water and natural conditions in Hawaii. This is the most potent form of the anti oxidant, as opposed to the mollusc or synthetic forms.

Is Astaxanthin safe?

Preclinical studies demonstrate that astaxanthin is safe. There are no known side effects.

Should I replace other dietary supplements with Astaxanthin?

Difficult to say, Astaxanthin enhances the action of Vitamin C and Vitamin E. On a weight for weight basis Astaxanthin has about 50 times the antioxidant activity of other carotenoids such as lutein, zeaxanthin, canthaxanthin and beta-carotene, and is about 100 to 500 times greater than Vitamin E. Astaxanthin compliments and enhances the effects of other dietary supplements. If you are being treated for an illness or health condition please consult your health practitioner before replacing other treatments with Astaxanthin.

What is the recommended dosage?

As recommended on the packaging. Each tub is one months supply.

What is Astaxanthin for?

Astaxanthin is thought to reduce inflammation by quenching reactive oxygen species, as a powerful antioxidant, it may also protect cell and mitochondrial (cell) membranes from oxidative damage.

It may dramatically decrease DNA damage and as it crosses the blood brain barrier, it may assist in maintaining neurological and eye health. It may therefore be of particular benefit for eye degeneration as a person gets older, as well as damage to the eyes caused by some health conditions. Astaxanthin is also thought to also boost the immune system by increasing the number of antibody-producing cells.

Additionally it may stimulate the immune system by increasing the total number of T-cells, tests indicates it considerably increases energy levels, and can assist an athlete with extra energy and stamina.

It may inhibit lipid per oxidation (a form of free radical damage to cells) that may cause plaque formation in the circulatory system, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. It is also thought to reduce the chances of the initiation of tumorigenesis (the formation of tumours) in the tongue, oral cavity, large bowel, bladder, and breast.

Protects the eyes and skin from UV A and B damage by quenching singlet and triplet oxygen, and finally it may reduce the number of new and abnormal cells in the liver.

Is Astaxanthin a food or vitamin supplement?

Bioastin natural Asataxanthin is the natural pigment from Algae and is classed as a food.