Spirulina & Chlorella: Why Go Organic?
Many often ask… “Why Go Organic?” Well, Organic food and supplements have been shown to have a higher nutritional profile, nutrients have a higher bioavailability throughout the body, and they are produced without the use of harmful fertilizers, pesticides, GMOs or toxic chemicals. Plain and simple, organic is better for your health and the environment.
Warning: Chinese “Organic” Spirulina
Many “Organic” Spirulina brands are farmed and produced in China. Some of these Spirulina has been found to contain harmful heavy metal poisoning due to China’s poor water quality. You also must be wary because China has very poor organic accreditation and quality assurance systems, which increases likelihood of heavy metal or algae toxin contamination.
Warning: “All-Natural” Spirulina
The “all-natural’ forms of Spirulina are produced with the use of unsafe chemical fertilizers. These fertilizers include sodium bicarbonate, Chilean sodium nitrate and animal fertilizers such as manure. In laboratory experiments, it has also been shown that specific organic spirulina has a much better nutritional profile in comparison to “all-natural” Spirulina.
The Heavy Metal Problem
One of the most important things to be aware of when choosing a source of Spirulina are the levels of heavy metals in the Spirulina. All forms of blue-green algae along with Spirulina by nature attract and bind to heavy metals. They act as magnets that draw the heavy metals in and then store them. This is also why Spirulina is fantastic for heavy metal removal. Once it is in your body, it attracts and binds to the heavy metals. If any source of Spirulina or blue-green algae is not appropriately grown or grown in China, it will likely have very high heavy metal content.
Find California Proposition 65 Approved Organic Spirulina
You need to seek out and find Organic Spirulina supplements that are California Proposition 65 Approved. Proposition 65 is presently the only heavy metal quality control standard in the US. The State of California created it as a warning system to gauge the safety of products based on whether the product contains specific levels of dangerous chemicals or contaminants.
There are very few sources of Proposition 65 approved Sprirulina, including some of the most popular Hawaiian brands, due to high levels of lead and other heavy metals. Lead is by far the most common heavy metal found in spirulina. It is also a dangerous heavy metal because it is known to cause birth defects and reproductive harm.
We presently offer one of the very few sources of spirulina that is California Proposition 65 approved. Our spirulina is continually tested and shown to be entirely free of dangerous heavy metal levels.
Wild Grown Blue-Green Algae vs. Organic Farm Grown Blue-Green Algae
One of the most significant concerns you should have when choosing a source of Spirulina or Blue-Green Algae is the overall safety of the product. It is extremely easy for spirulina to be contaminated with either heavy metals or microalgae toxins. The safety of the product is vastly determined by where and how it’s grown. After countless studies wild grown and harvested algae, such as Klamath Lake Algae, has been found to run high-risk heavy metals and microalgae contamination.
Spirulina’s ability to attract and bind to heavy metals is why wild grown and harvested algae are highly contaminated with heavy metals. Humans have sadly polluted all our natural water sources through runoff from farming and industrial pollution. So, the algae harvested from these natural bodies of water attracts and binds to the heavy metals which mean the heavy metals are present in the Spirulina.
Algae harvested from natural bodies of water also run the risk containing dangerous algae toxins such as microcystin. These are hazardous contaminants which cause severe liver and kidney damage. They can easily contaminate algae harvested from natural bodies of water because the ecosystem isn’t controlled and once they enter the ecosystem, they spread like a virus. They also thrive in the same type of environment that blue-green algae are grown in because they are so similar to blue-green algae.
We choose to grow our spirulina in an entirely controlled environment for many reasons. Firstly, we control the entire ecosystem and what enters it. This aids us in preventing pollution from heavy metals and the presence of microalgae toxins. We restrict the heavy metals from entering by using only the purest sources of water and plant-based fertilizer. The controlled environment also prevents algae toxins because they can never be injected into an environment which will not allow them to grow. When algae grow in natural bodies of water, it cannot be prevented because you can’t avoid what enters the environment.
Growing in a controlled environment also enables us to produce the highest quality spirulina because we can continually test the state of the spirulina throughout its entire growth process. This allows us to “tend to its needs” so for example if the PH balance of the water is off, we can rebalance the PH; whereas if it is grown in the wild you do not have this control.
The World’s Purest Source of Organic Spirulina
Our Organic Spirulina is derived from the world’s purest and most bioavailable source of Organic Spirulina. It is the only source of Spirulina certified organic by all 3 major organic certification bodies, which include USDA Organic Certification, NaturLand Organic Certification & EcoCert Organic Certification. It is also Halal Certified.
Organic & Quality Certifications
Our organic and quality certifications boast an extremely high nutritional profile and are a source of spirulina that provides high bioavailability throughout the body. It ensures your body is receiving and assimilating the maximum amount of nutrient content.
We take the purity of our products very seriously. Our organic spirulina has been tested and shown to be free of every possible contaminant. To the right, you will see a chart breaking down all contaminants our spirulina has been tested for.
Organic Farming: Our Spirulina Follows the Most Rigid Organic Farming Standards
Our organic spirulina is grown in the remote countryside of South India. The farm is away from all industrial, agricultural and human settlements preventing contamination from environmental pollutants.
The farm spreads over 130 acres with a pristine water supply. The location provides a conducive environment for Organic Spirulina cultivation with an ideal high temperature of 86°F to 102°F ( 30°C to 39°C), low rainfall, low humidity and ideal sunlight through the year.
Fertilized with Plant Based Nutrients; No Chemical or Animal Fertilizers Used
We only use 100% organic, plant-based nutrients to fertilize the Spirulina. We are also against the use of Chilean Nitrate which is another fertilizer commonly used in the cultivation of Spirulina. The fertilizers and farming process is a significant facet of what differentiates “Organic Spirulina” from “All-Natural Spirulina.” The “all-natural’ forms of Spirulina are produced with the use of unsafe chemical fertilizers. These fertilizers include sodium bicarbonate, Chilean Sodium Nitrate and animal fertilizers such as manure.