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  • Spirulina?

    Does anyone have experience with this "miracle green"? I had never heard of it until today and am curious about others experiences.

  • #2
    It's an algae. *shrug*

    It used to be big, now it's wheat grass. Highly nutritious per unit of mass, but in the end it's just a supplement, and an imbalanced one at that. If you're deficient in the minerals it provides you'll see an improvement, otherwise it's like eating more greens.

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    • #3
      Okay thanks. I am in class almost 8 hours per day so I figured it would be good to get some extra protein and greens all at once.

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      • #4
        Im surprised there arent more comments on this post seeing as it was labeled the "food of the future" and it is obviously very primal

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        • #5
          Stevoreo,

          We take a tablespoon of Spirulina AND a tablespoon of Chlorella every morning in our smoothie. We also add fruits, and some other supplements.
          We have found the BEST prices here, we order the 5 lb bags for the best deals in both cost & shipping. The cost for shipping 1 lb and 5 lbs is the same.
          http://www.nutsonline.com/cookingbak...a/premium.html
          http://www.nutsonline.com/cookingbak...la/powder.html

          For our required silica supplement, we also add a tablespoon of THIS to our smoothie:
          http://www.earthworkshealth.com/human-use.php

          If you can find better prices anywhere else, let us know,
          Grizz

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          • #6
            That's actually where I ordered it from. Thank you for the extra information.

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            • #7
              Thanks for that site Grizz, wow that's cheap. I bought some spirulina from Healthforce nutritionals for like $35/lb! It may be better quality, but damn.

              Anyways, I love spirulina. It's about a good a source of protein as there is in the plant world. You know how they say that too much protein can be rough on the kidneys? Well spirulina contains phycocyanin which actually helps regenerate the kidneys. I think it's a healthy addition to a good diet. It's a whole food, just dehydrated.

              Just beware how and where you eat it. It very easily sticks to your teeth and lips lol.

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              • #8
                I like it well enough. The first kombucha I tried was the "green" one with spirulina and stuff. Not bad. I like seaweed in general but haven't done much with it yet.

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                • #9
                  I have acquired a nutritional analysis from Earthrise for Spirulina.

                  Composition EarthriseŽ Spirulina
                  Tablets
                  EarthriseŽ Spirulina
                  Powder
                  Serving Size 6 tabs (3 g) 3 g
                  1. MACRONUTRIENTS B
                  Calories 10 10
                  Total Fat 0.2 g < 2% 0.2 g < 2%
                  Total Carbohydrate 0.5 g < 2% 0.5 g < 2%
                  Dietary Fiber 0.2 g < 2% 0.2 g < 2%
                  Protein 1.7 g 4% 1.7 g 4%
                  Essential Amino Acids
                  Histidine 27 mg ** 27 mg **
                  Isoleucine 95 mg ** 95 mg **
                  Leucine 151 mg ** 151 mg **
                  Lysine 89 mg ** 89 mg **
                  Methionine 39 mg ** 39 mg **
                  Phenylalanine 75 mg ** 75 mg **
                  Threonine 83 mg ** 83 mg **
                  Tryptophan 22 mg ** 22 mg **
                  Valine 105 mg ** 105 mg **
                  Non-Essential Amino Acids
                  Alanine 123 mg ** 123 mg **
                  Arginine 124 mg ** 124 mg **
                  Aspartic Acid 170 mg ** 170 mg **
                  Cystine 17 mg ** 17 mg **
                  Glutamic Acid 275 mg ** 275 mg **
                  Glycine 86 mg ** 86 mg **
                  Proline 65 mg ** 65 mg **
                  Serine 80 mg ** 80 mg **
                  Tyrosine 69 mg ** 69 mg **
                  2. VITAMINS C
                  Vitamin A (as 100% β-Carotene) 4000 IU 80% 5,000 IU 100%
                  Vitamin K 16 mcg 20% 16 mcg 20%
                  Thiamine HCl (Vit. B-1) 0.004 mg < 2% 0.004 mg < 2%
                  Riboflavin (Vit. B-2) 0.08 mg 4% 0.08 mg 4%
                  Niacin (Vit. B-3) 0.43 mg 2% 0.43 mg 2%
                  Vitamin B-6 (Pyridox.HCl) 0.02 mg < 2% 0.02 mg < 2%
                  Vitamin B-12 2.8 mcg 45% 2.8 mcg 45%
                  3. MINERALS C
                  Calcium 13 mg <2% 13 mg <2%
                  Iron 1.7 mg 10% 1.7 mg 10%
                  Phosphorus 30 mg 2% 30 mg 2%
                  Iodine 1.2 mcg < 2% 1.2 mcg < 2%
                  Magnesium 9 mg 2% 9 mg 2%
                  Zinc 0.04 mg <2% 0.04 mg <2%
                  Selenium 0.6 mcg <2% 0.6 mcg <2%
                  Copper 10 mcg <2% 10 mcg <2%
                  Manganese 0.09 mg 4% 0.09 mg 4%
                  Chromium 2.8 mcg 2% 2.8 mcg 2%
                  Potassium 49 mg <2% 49 mg <2%
                  Sodium 15 mg <2% 15 mg <2%
                  4. PHYTONUTRIENTS C
                  Phycocyanin 420 mg ** 420 mg **
                  Chlorophyll 30 mg ** 30 mg **
                  Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) 35 mg ** 35 mg **
                  Total Carotenoids 8 mg ** 10 mg **
                  β-Carotene 2.4 mg ** 3.0 mg **
                  Zeaxanthin 2.0 mg ** 2.5 mg **
                  Other Carotenoids 3.6 mg ** 4.5 mg **
                  * Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
                  **Percent daily values not established.
                  A This is a natural product and nutrient data may vary from one lot to another.
                  B Macronutrients data are based on most recent proximate analysis
                  C The data indicate minimum values observed.

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                  • #10
                    I would be interested in trying it some time. What does it taste like? Looks like it might be kind of gross--not to say that I'd write it off for that reason alone.

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                    • #11
                      Spirulina is pretty bitter. That's why it is more popular as a pill.
                      http://www.theprimalprepper.com - preparing for life's worst while living for the best

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tamo42 View Post
                        Spirulina is pretty bitter. That's why it is more popular as a pill.
                        Sorry,
                        But we put a tablespoon of Spirulina in our smoothie every morning, and it is not at all bitter.
                        http://www.nutsonline.com/cookingbak...a/premium.html

                        We also add fruits, coconut milk AND:
                        * Tablespoon of Chlorella
                        http://www.nutsonline.com/cookingbak...la/powder.html
                        * Tablespoon of Diatomacious Earth
                        http://www.earthworkshealth.com/human-use.php
                        * Packet of Energen-C
                        http://www.emergenc.com/

                        All of this has a unique flavor, but not at all bitter. It is more like a milk shake.

                        Grizz

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                        • #13
                          I was saying that straight spirulina is bitter. I used to put it into a liquid drink too with a bunch of other stuff, and it came out fine. I dunno, maybe 'astringent' is a better word than 'bitter.'
                          http://www.theprimalprepper.com - preparing for life's worst while living for the best

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                          • #14
                            Spirulina sounds like a disease to me. "Dude caught spirulina and died a week later...nasty stuff."
                            http://www.facebook.com/daemonized

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                            • #15
                              Well i am going to have to go down to a Tablespoon, I mixed approximately 3-4 tablespoons into a berry and coconut milk shake yesterday and had to pinch my nose to get it all down, WAY too much Spirulina. Definitely has an "original" taste. No going to deter me from using it regularly though, just going to take a little "getting used to".

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