Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is grown in a fresh water environment.
It is often confused with chlorella, but the fundamental difference between the two is that spirulina is many thousands of years older and does not possess the hard cell wall that makes chlorella closer to being a plant than algae.
Spirulina has a broken cell wall which meant it is easily digested, contains a high protein content (circa 65%) and contains all 9 of the essential amino acids which the human body cannot synthesize so must be acquired through diet. It is also high in calcium, magnesium and iron.
country of origin – China
Typical nutritional values per 100g
Energy 1420kj / 336 kcal
Fat 1.0g (saturates 0.5g)
Carbohydrate 13.1g (of which sugars <0.1g)