- what is it?
Simply put, it is High Protein Food with lots of nutritional benefits.
It is a very high protein algae / planktonic cyanobacteria.
U.S Federal Drug Administration Talk paper # 41. pg 160. June 23rd 1981
states "Spirulina is a source of protein and contains various vitamins
and minerals. It may be legally marketed as a food or food supplement
so long as it is labelled accurately and contains no contaminated
or adulterated substances."
risk of getting a bit confusing what is sold as Spirulina is technically
not in terms of taxonmy.
The two cultivated varities are actually Arthrospira Platensis &
Arthrospira Maxima and whilst the genus Arthospira shares
the helical shape of the trichomes and the distribution of some species
in the same selective habitats as Spirulina, Arthrospira is different
and phylogenetically distant from Spirulina. However the generic
name Arthrospira is accepted as been valid for both A. maxima &
A. platensis and also continues to be referred to by its commercial
names Spirulina platensis & S. maxima.