Common questions about spirulina

Why is spirulina not officially classed as ‘organic’?

Healenic Spirulina is grown organically but the official use of this classification can differ, according to whether a product is produced via aquaculture or agriculture.

When a crop is grown agriculturally it must meet stringent criteria in order to be awarded a ‘certified organic’ label. It must be:

  • Grown in an eco-system that only utilises organic nutrient sources;
  • Meet certification body standards with regards to the use of pesticides; and
  • It has to have complete traceability through the supply chain.

Spirulina is a product of aquaculture and it is special in that it uses inorganic nitrogenic sources (which are banned in organic agriculture) as part of its natural growth process. This blue green algae has grown naturally like this for millions of years, using inorganic mineral salts such as natrium, phosphorous and nitrogen to develop. Therefore it isn’t possible for spirulina to meet the agricultural definition of ‘organic’.

At Healenic we cultivate our spirulina by recreating the optimal growing conditions provided by nature. We use the same inorganic fertilisers that spirulina has always required and our cultivation centres are designed to prevent harm to the outside world.

Why is it important for me to complete your health questionnaire?

Like most dietary supplements, spirulina has an optimum dose for each person. The Healenic health questionnaire is designed to identify lifestyle factors which can tell us what dosage best suits your individual needs.

For example, athletes and body builders are often recommended to take high doses – up to 50g daily – as spirulina can increase stamina and immunity levels and its high protein content helps with building muscle mass.

We pride ourselves on providing you with a personalised customer service. Every client is different, which is why we aim to provide you with tailored information and support about how best to incorporate Healenic Spirulina into your healthy lifestyle.

What nutritional value does Healenic spirulina possess?

Good nutrition is fundamental to good health, protection from disease and optimal body growth and development. Many illnesses and conditions are directly linked to our lifestyles, whether from a poor quality diet, lack of exercise or high stress levels.

Spirulina is classed as a ‘superfood’ because of its high nutritional value and can be especially beneficial for vegetarians because it contains vitamin B12, (usually derived from meat), a vitamin that some vegetarian diets can lack.

Vitamins

Beta-carotene, (provitamin A), vitamin B complex (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Pantothenic acid, Biotin, Folate), vitamin E.

Metals/Minerals

Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Magnesium, Copper, Chromium, Selenium.

Fatty acids

Spirulina contains mainly polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as the essential fatty acids gamma-linolenic, alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid.

Essential Amino acids

Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophane, Valine

Non Essential Amino acids

Histidine, Alanine, Arginine, Aspartic acid, Cystine, Glutamic acid, Glycine, Proline, Serine, Tyrosine.

Should I take my spirulina as a tablet or powder?

Healenic offers spirulina as a powder, in tablet form and incorporated into chocolates for a more luxurious experience! Our health questionnaire can help identify which form of spirulina might suit you best.

Spirulina tablets are great for busy people ‘on the go’. Just pop them into your work or gym bag and take them with a glass of water when you need them. Spirulina tablets are also convenient for people who want to take a fixed dose of spirulina each day.

Powdered spirulina is more versatile; it’s absorbed quickly, blends easily into shakes, salad dressings and can even be stirred into soups once they have been taken off the heat; cooking can deactivate the nutrients contained in spirulina.

Powdered spirulina is a great choice for children as it can be added to their favourite meals without them even noticing! It’s also highly beneficial for people recovering from illness who require an enriched diet.

Is Healenic spirulina value for money?

Absolutely. Spirulina is a true superfood and contains a complex range of nutrients and micro nutrients. Gram for gram, spirulina outperforms beef, poultry, fish and soy beans in nutritional value. This makes it an excellent supplement for vegans and vegetarians.

Calculate the individual cost of supplements such as iron, GLA, calcium, chlorophyll, vitamins, proteins (the entire amino acid panel) and Superoxide Dismutase [SOD] and you’ll soon see that our spirulina is highly cost effective. In fact, it would cost you more than two and a half times more if you opted to buy all of these supplements separately.

In addition, our high production values means that the quality of our spirulina is truly trustworthy.

Beware of cheap forms of spirulina. Many of the less expensive brands on the market cost less because they do not undergo the rigorous monitoring and production values that Healenic spirulina goes through. Cheaper tablets can also contain fillers and binders (as much as 30% in some brands) which reduce not only the amount of spirulina in the product, but also the nutritional value.

Is Spirulina Safe?

Healenic uses only the highest production values to monitor water purity and environmental cleanliness, ensuring that we can bring you spirulina that is uncontaminated by heavy metals – a problem which affects many other brands.

Our spirulina is an all-natural, easily absorbable superfood. It is derived from naturally occurring algae that is cultivated in a secure and monitored production zone, free from herbicides, pesticides and genetically modified ingredients. Healenic spirulina is grown in the pure thermal waters of the Greek land and undergoes independent testing and verification to ensure that you can buy in confidence.

Finally, our health questionnaire helps to reassure both us and you that your use of spirulina is appropriate to your needs.

Is there any reliable scientific research about the benefits of spirulina?

Recognised as one of the world’s most complete superfoods, spirulina can help support and maximise functioning of all bodily systems.

  • Spirulina helps to fortify and improve immune system function by actively promoting cell regeneration. This aids wound recovery, speeds up our immune response to disease and may help reduce our vulnerability to illnesses such as the common cold.
  • Research by the University of Maryland Medical Centre showed that spirulina may protect against allergic reactions by preventing our bodies from releasing histamine, a substance that triggers the symptoms of allergy such as sneezing, itchy, swollen eyes and hives.
  • A high gamma linolenic acid content (GLA) means spirulina has great anti-inflammatory potential and is known to reduce symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • Gram per gram, spirulina has 26 times the calcium of milk making it an excellent source of calcium for pregnant women who do not want to drink milk and for women wanting to reduce their susceptibility to osteoporosis.
  • Research shows that breastfeeding women require high levels of calcium in their diets; spirulina can help provide this.
  • There is scientific research that shows spirulina can help regulate the motility and performance of our gastro intestinal tracts. By easing the passage of food waste through our digestive system, we are less vulnerable to constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and benefit from greater absorption of nutrients and micro nutrients.
  • Spirulina has a high concentration of chlorophyll (the pigment that gives plants their green colour) which is one of nature’s most powerful detoxifying agents. Research has shown chlorophyll to be effective in helping in removal of toxins from blood, including binding to heavy metals and radioactive isotopes. This makes spirulina beneficial to people undergoing radio isotope therapy for conditions such as cancer.
  • Spirulina is an excellent source of bio-available iron, especially important when so many people are reducing or eliminating meat from their diets. Many iron supplements can be hard to digest with unpleasant side effects such as constipation. The iron in Spirulina is easy to digest and tolerate.

For more information about the scientific research around spirulina, visit our spirulina science section.

Why is the spelling on your products different to the spelling on your website?

We use the English spelling of: Spirulina. However as our products are created and bottled at source in Greece, they are labelled with the Greek version, which is: Spiroulina.