Despite being single-celled, spirulina is bigger than most other forms of algae and is large enough to be visible to the naked eye. The algae can grow up to 0.5mm and tends to exist in colonies. This allows it to be easily gathered in large masses.
Some species of spirulina survive even under intense heat. When the fresh water pond in which they exist dries up due to a surge in temperature, spirulina sticks to the rocks in the pond and forms a frosty white layer. This frosted form of the alga tastes very sweet as the protein, predominantly present in them, turns to polysaccharides.
It is generally speculated that the “manna from heaven” that is referred to in the Bible may actually have been dried spirulina that the wandering Israelites gathered from rocks. It is supposed to have tasted like “wafers made with honey”.
The unique ability of the algae to sustain heat has helped it to retain its nutrients even after rigorous processing.
Latest Publications and Research on SpirulinaInvestigation on the role of Spirulina platensis in ameliorating behavioural changes, thyroid dysfunction and oxidative stress in offspring of pregnant rats exposed to fluoride. - Published by PubMed
The AplI Restriction-Modification System in an Edible Cyanobacterium, Arthrospira (Spirulina) platensis NIES-39, Recognizes the Nucleotide Sequence 5'-CTGCAG-3' - Published by PubMed
Molecular Study of Dietary Heptadecane for the Anti-Inflammatory Modulation of NF-kB in the Aged Kidney. - Published by PubMed
Improvement of Mercuric Chloride-Induced Testis Injuries and Sperm Quality Deteriorations by Spirulina platensis in Rats. - Published by PubMed
Nutritional and Medical Applications of Spirulina Microalgae. - Published by PubMed