What is Blue Spirulina Made Of?
Blue Spirulina is made directly from Green Spirulina. A blue-colored phytochemical called phycocyanin is extracted from the green spirulina, and the result is a powder sold as Blue Spirulina. (One of the names for this is Blue Majik powder)
Remember that Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae. Regular Spirulina looks mostly green, but it has a hint of blue to it as well. That slight blue color is caused by phycocyanin. So the Blue Spirulina is just the blue part of the spirulina (the phycocyanin) extracted out and sold by itself as Blue Spirulina powder.
A lot of times bright colors can be an indicator of antioxidants, and with Blue Spirulina that’s what we get. A high dose of the antioxidant that’s found in regular spirulina.
Spirulina is a certain type of blue-green algae. Blue-green algae are several species of bacteria that grow in freshwater lakes, ponds, streams, and saltwater. Although often referred to as algae, blue green algae are not algae at all, they are types of bacteria called cyanobacteria.
Countries in Africa and Mexico have used them for hundreds of years as food, so they have shown a history of being safe. The Aztecs are believed to have used it in the 16th century, harvesting it from Lake Texcoco.
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Is Blue Spirulina Vegan?
Blue Spirulina is vegan since it is completely plant-based and contains no animal products at all. There is a concern for vegans taking spirulina or blue spirulina, since the pseudovitamin B12 found in spirulina may compete for absorption in the body with regular B12. We will address this further down under Dangers of Spirulina.
For this case, it may not be recommended for vegans to take, who already might struggle to get enough B12 due to the fact that almost all B12 comes from animal products.
Blue Spirulina Health Benefits
Spirulina is very high in protein and antioxidants as well as having some B vitamins and Vitamin A, C, D, E, and K. The Intergovernmental Institution for the Use of Micro-Algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition (IIMSAM) recommends Spirulina in the fight against global malnutrition and the World Health Organization (WHO) has supported it, calling it “best food for the future” to combat malnutrition, especially in kids.
It’s high in iron and plant-based protein with 18 of 22 amino acids including all nine essential amino acids and can be safely administered to kids. It’s even been called one of the most nutritionally dense foods in the world. But I think that is not entirely true if you look at the nutritional breakdown. Pound for pound this might be true, but you would have to consume lots of it to get the same amount of these nutrients as you can get elsewhere. The real benefits lie in the antioxidants and other qualities, that we will look at later.
The blue spirulina (phycocyanin) is a rare substance in spirulina. Therefore, the blue spirulina has various uses and can be applied in numerous fields, such as food, beverage, cosmetics, and the medical industry, etc.