Q: What is the difference between the fresh and fresh frozen forms?
Our fresh spirulina is raw product, has never been processed. Our frozen spirulina cubes are frozen almost immediately after harvesting, so in principle, they are almost the same quality as our fresh product.
The fresh spirulina needs to be kept in fridge. The lab test proves it is safe to be used in 4 weeks. We suggest it to be consumed within 14 days after harvesting. (Best Before date) The frozen Spirulina cubes can be kept in your freezer for a longer time. Suggested best before date is one year after harvesting (printed on package).
The fresh Spirulina does have a smoother texture than frozen form. Frozen Spirulina can have a slight loss of nutrient value of about 3-5% on some vitamins.
Q: What is the shelf life of your fresh spirulina?
Our fresh spirulina is safe for at least 4 weeks when properly stored in a fridge (confirmed by a food safety lab). We suggest to consume within 2 weeks from harvest date which is the Best Before date (on jar lid).
Our fresh Spirulina starts degrading the moment it is harvested as it is removed from its natural growing environment. Over time, some of the cells will die and this is the natural deterioration process as we DO NOT use any preservatives. This process will be noticeable after about a week as you begin to see and taste some changes. You may a see a blue liquid (phycocyanin-the potent anti-oxidant) collecting on top and it may develop a slight sulfur smell. This is not an indication of the product going bad, it is the result of natural degradation of live Spirulina and completely harmless. On average, two weeks is tolerable by most people, but it all depends on your individual taste.
Our fresh product can be frozen into an ice cube tray at any time if looking to preserve your spirulina.
Q: When can I consume spirulina?
Just like any other food, fresh/frozen Spirulina can be taken any time during the day, before, after or together with your regular meal. A great time is first thing in the morning to start your day.
Q: How much should I consume?
Our Spirulina is a whole food product and safe for all people of all ages. For general nutritional purposes, we suggest 1-2 tablespoons per day of our fresh spirulina, or 2-4 frozen cubes per day of our frozen product. We all have different nutritional needs and reasons for consuming Spirulina, so feel free to adjust your consumption amounts as your body dictates. For people with any health concerns or questions about whether Spirulina is right for you, please consult with a physician or heath professional.
Q: Any consumption concerns with Spirulina?
Spirulina is generally suitable for all ages. It is a very nutrient dense beneficial food for all people. However, there are special groups of people that are not suggested to consume it, such as people with very high iron levels, people with immune system disorders or people who are sensitive to nutrients like Vitamin K. If you have any concerns, please consult your physician / nutritionist before consuming it.
Q: When do you harvest Spirulina?
We harvest Spirulina 2-4 times a week, depending on demand. Our goal is to get the freshest possible Raw Live Spirulina into your hands. We harvest your order and ship to you the same day! Shipping out every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, depending on your location, expect 1-3 days transit time.
Q: What is the blue color found in Spirulina?
The blue color is a pigment called phycocyanin and a very high concentration is found in fresh Spirulina. Phycocyanin (essentially a protein) is a very potent anti-oxidant and provides exceptional anti-inflammation and combating free radicals in our body. The blue color can appear when Spirulina cells break (Spirulina cellular structure is very fragile).
Q: How is your Spirulina grown?
We have developed our own technological system to grow Spirulina (patent pending). It is an algae and it does grow in water. The growing system is fully closed, a very compact design and does not require a large use of land as with traditional out door pond styles. Being an indoor system, all growing parameters are very controllable and stable allowing us to consistently produce high quality spirulina all year round (yes, even in Calgary, in winter!) A major advantage of the indoor and sealed system is that it helps to prevent the growth of foreign toxic algae and does not allow the entrance of any unwanted contaminants that can come from open air type systems (outdoors).
Q: Are there any heavy metals in your Spirulina?
In nature, Spirulina acts like a sponge and absorbs many toxins from its growing environment. It can act the same for us to detox our body by absorbing heavy metals and removing them. The problem is, only clean Spirulina can help to detox your body, while Spirulina contaminated with heavy metals could just do the opposite. Our product was tested by an independent lab and the report concluded that our Spirulina is ultra clean and free of all heavy metals tested. Metals tested include: Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Lead and Mercury with all either at or below the detectable limits of the test.