Spirulina: What is it?

Updated: Mar 11

by Gabriele Cipri, Chief Marketing Officer, Livegreen®

Spirulina Ingredient

Spirulina’s unusual name comes from its natural shape. Under a microscope, its microfilaments look like dense, elastic spirals that move lightly in the water.


Although it is often called an algae, that is not strictly accurate, as it is not an aquatic plant, even if it carries out chlorophyll photosynthesis and feeds in 'water’. Spirulina is infinitely smaller (we are talking about microns) and above all it is unicellular, unlike all algae. Scientifically, Spirulina is defined as a microalgae or a cyanobacterium. This last term rarely used, since it contains the word "bacterium" which is too often misunderstood.


Why is Spirulina considered a “Super-Food”?


Spirulina has been called “Food of the Future” due to its excellent nutritional content and health benefits. In fact, it contains large amounts of proteins with all the essential amino acids that the body needs - comparable to eggs. It is rich in vitamins and minerals like B, E, Copper and Iron. It is also a great source of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds like Omega 6, Beta Carotene and phycocyanin. It is considered among the world most popular supplement and perhaps one of the most nutrient dense food on earth.

  • Great source of Omega 6, an essential fatty acid that along with Omega 3 plays an important role in prevention of cardiovascular disease, detoxification of the liver and promotion of cell regeneration

  • High amount of proteins, which are one of the key building blocks of the body, as well as contributing to feeling satiety and help curb hunger.

  • Rich in B and E vitamins, which play a fundamental role in the development of the body structures and positively impact the body’s energy levels, brain function, and cell metabolism.

  • Great source of beta-carotene, which has a powerful antioxidant action on the body, having a beneficial effect on the eyes, teeth, nails and cell membranes in general.

  • Loaded with minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, zinc and especially iron, essential for the general health of the body.

  • Contains phycocyanin, a protein with potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities.


Spirulina harvesting

Livegreen Spirulina®


Not all spirulina are equal; where food comes from matter!


Livegreen Spirulina® grows in Sardinia, Italy following the highest standards of hygiene and safety. Furthermore, it is grown in a controlled environment, which means there is no concern of lead, mercury, arsenic or any other environmental contaminations. It is 100% pure, with no additives or preservatives and has pleasant taste and a delicate scent.


It is artisanal – grown with care and attention and dried at low temperature. The artisanal production maintain intact all the extraordinary nutritional properties of the microalgae, including the bioavailability of vitamins, proteins and mineral salts such as iron, magnesium and zinc.


Gabriele Cipri Chief Marketing Officer Livegreen

GABRIELE CIPRI

Chief Marketing Officer,

Livegreen®