Composition of spirulina

Composition of spirulina

What makes spirulina so exceptional?

The composition of spirulina makes it nutritional value unique.. Spirulina contains all these nutrients in balanced proportions naturally and easily assimilated by the body. Each element of course brings its own shares, but it adds an overall effect of all of these: synergistic effect related to natural ideal dosage. Free of cellulose, it is extremely digestibility from which the optimal assimilation of all its components.

5 nutriments spirulina contains more than all other living beings:

  • Protein
  • 20 amino acids
  • Beta-carotena
  • Iron
  • All the vitamins (except vitamin C)

List of the composition


It contains up to 70% vegetable protein highly assimilable (absorption coefficient of 94%). Protein content 2.5 times that of lean meat. These proteins have all the essential amino acids BCAAs “branched-chain amino acids” essential for muscle building and the eight essential amino acids. Under a strict vegetarian diet, it provides lysine and methionine, two amino acids absent in vegetal proteins.


Found in spirulina 3 major pigments: phycocyanin (blue pigments and complex proteins), chlorophyll (green) and carotenoids (yellow, pink and orange) including beta-carotene (provitamin A). This mixture of pigments provides an important antioxidant activity, increases our natural defenses, stimulates the formation of red blood cells and promotes muscle activity: 15 times more beta-carotene in carrots.


they represent 15 to 25% of its mass, the majority is slow assimilation.
Iron: 14 times more than in spinach, it is highly absorbable, very valuable feature since the anemia associated with iron deficiency is unfortunately widespread. To be fixed, iron needs vitamin C. By consuming spirulina it is important to add a source of vitamin C (lemon, orange, sea buckthorn, acerola).

Calcium, magnesium and phosphorus it contains are equivalent to that of fresh cow’s milk quantity.


in 2 g of spirulina, vitamin A, beta-carotene converted covers the daily needs of an adult. Its exceptionally richness in vitamin B12 (3 times more than raw liver) makes a good ally for vegetarians. Vitamin B12 ensures the smooth production of neurotransmitters. Vitamins B1 and B2 are anti-stress vitamins. Vitamin B9 plays an essential role in the production of genetic material and cell growth. Also rich in vitamin E, anti-aging, as wheat germ.


These are catalysts which promote chemical reactions. Superoxide dismutase (SOD) which is very effective against cellular aging. Enzymes are destroyed by heat from which the benefits of eating raw vegetables and not cook spirulina.
GLA Gamma Linolenic Acid: essential fatty acid precursor of prostaglandin which plays a key role in regulating cellular mechanisms. Although it is very important there is almost no in the modern diet. Breast milk and certain unheated oils contain. This is one of the glories of spirulina to be the only known food to contain as much GLA.

Extract of the book of Dr. Jean Dupire: Spirulina, a Superaliment: interest of spirulina

Fashion omega 3 was able to forget the importance of omega 6 fatty acids are considered essential (EFAs) in the sense that we do not know synthesize them .
Unsaturated fatty acids in spirulina have four major roles:

At the cell membrane, they contribute to the shape and structure of the membrane and play a major role in membrane kinetics: transport, trade, enzymatic activities, electrophysiological mechanisms. The nerve cell is fond: a well-oiled brain requires a daily intake of 10 grams gamma linolenic acid and 2 g of alpha linolenic acid (Bourre JM)

Are precursors of eicosanoids and docosanoïdes for the manufacture of prostaglandins, modulators of the action of several hormones.

They play a major role in the metabolism of cholesterol. In summary, the AGE allow obtaining HDL cholesterol that is transported without deposition on the arterial walls , unlike the LDL cholesterol

Finally, like all fats, they occur at the energy level.

Spirulina does not contain omega 3; fish – spirulina association provides the perfect marriage of EFAs (essential fatty acids) omega 6 EFAs and omega 3 series. It is often useful to strengthen the supply of Omega 3 in the form of capsules to get the right amount of omega 3 EPA and DHA types.
Absorption of spirulina is tripled when vitamin C is associated. So drink orange juice or eat fresh fruit when you take your daily ration of spirulina. We retain foremost important intakes of omega 6 essential (linolenic acid and GLA or gamma -linolenic acid), provitamin A, vitamin E, SOD, phycocyanin. Few living consumable beings are able to provide such food treasures.