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Spirulina is also the commercial name for the species Arthrospira platensis (previously known as Spirulina platensis), which is cultivated around the world as a food source. It is a very rich source of nutrition. In fact, it was a staple of Aztec cuisine. The genus is also responsible for the flamingo's pink plumage.
It is currently popular as a health food in the U.S. and Europe, often taken as a dietary supplement in the form of powder or tablet.
55 - 70 % protein.
Contains: vitamin A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cobalamin), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, folate, vitamin K, biotin, pantothenic acid, beta carotene (source of vitamin A), inositol.
Contains: myxoxanthophyll , zeaxanthin , cryptoxanthin , echinenone and other xanthophylls.
Amino acids: isoleucine, phenylalanine, leucine, threonine, lysine, tryptophan, methionine, valine, alanine, glycine, arginine, histidine, aspartic acid, proline, cystine, serine, glutamic acid, tyrosine.
- The Spirulina\Arthrospira distinction
- A review of Spirulina (Arthrospira)
- Full nutrition information for spirulina
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