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What is Spirulina?

What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a green-blue micro algae, by observing it under a microscope it can be detailed its structure, it is a filament wound in a spiral form, hence it takes its common name: Spirulina. It is one of the most primitive algae, belongs to the cyanobacteria, its scientific name is Arthrospira platensis, it has no nucleus and its cell membranes are soft without the hard cellulose that other algae and vegetables have. This characteristic is very important because it ensures an easy assimilation of its nutrients. Its nutritional capacity is due to its high content of essential nutrients.

History of Spirulina

Spirulina exists for more than 3.500 million years, to these micro algae we owe the atmosphere of oxygen that we breathe today and in which other forms of life could evolve; since then, micro algae such as Spirulina help regulate the biosphere of the planet.

In Mexico it grew naturally in alkaline water lakes, the Mayans and Aztecs used it as part of their diet, they adored Spirulina for possessing “magical powers”. They called the Spirulina Tecuitlat, then disappeared due to environmental pollution.

Currently, the only place in the world where Spirulina grows naturally is the country of Chad in central Africa, where villagers call Dihé this food to which they attribute many healing properties.

The Kanembú currently collect wet microalgae in mud pots from Lake Chad, drain them in cloths on baskets, dry them in the sun on the sand, then break them into pieces (cookies) and mix them with sauces, adding it to your dishes.

The Kanembú consume it in 70% of their meals. Since then the interest of the scientific researchers was born to find out what was contained in this millenary food, since they observed the good nutritional status of the inhabitants of this region of Africa.

Today, Spirulina is grown in a controlled environment, in swimming pools as freshwater mirrors, to which the requirements for its growth are conditioned. Spirulina is called the food of the future because of its high nutritional value. This tiny algae not only helps in health, but also helps regenerate the planet for its great photosynthetic capacity.