Recognised as one of the world’s most complete superfoods, it’s not surprising that many well-known science and research facilities have invested in studies on Spirulina.

In 2011, a study was conducted at the University of California at Davis to determine the effect of spirulina on the immune system and anaemia, particularly in people over 50 years of age. You can read this study here.

M S University of Baroda in India conducted a study to evaluate the hypoglycaemic and hypolipidemic role of spirulina. Full results of this study were published in the Journal of Medicinal Food.

The high protein content of spirulina is being used to alleviate malnutrition in the developing world, with children at risk of malnutrition in India being given spirulina sweets.

Research organisation ANTENNA publishes: Spirulina in the fight against malnutrition: Assessments and prospects, which gives an insight into the nutritional and therapeutic properties of Spirulina.

Both NASA and the European Space Agency have engaged in research to assess the benefits of using spirulina to feed astronauts, not only in their spaceships but also, excitingly, on Mars.

Finally, as our planet faces greater competition for land and resources, we need to find new ways of growing food. It has also been calculated that spirulina needs less land to produce the same amount of protein as livestock, making it an ecologically sound choice for the future.