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Spiral into the Blue

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Blue spirulina smoothie bowl

A new ingredient stemming from the traditional spirulina is the craze behind mermaid toast and unicorn frappuccinos. Blue spirulina is derived from Arthrospira platensis, a blue-green algae.

Spirulina is a deep green color, but the pigment and water soluble antioxidant, phycocyanin gives the ingredient a blue-like hue. Phycocyanin stems from two Greek words:

  1. Phyco, which translates to algae
  2. Cyanin, which translates to blue-green

Thus, blue spirulina is developed with phycocyanin’s extraction from spirulina and then sold as a blue powder.

Consuming spirulina as a whole provides the body with nutrients to support brain, cellular and cardiovascular health and boost energy and the immune system.

However, despite its benefits, spirulina has not had a U.S. Food & Drug Administration evaluation and is not intended to help treat, prevent, cure or diagnose any diseases.

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