Questions and Answers (Q&A)
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Q. Is there a minimum order?
A. No, there isn’t.
Q. How long does it take to receive my order?
A. Usually, 1-3 days depends on your location. We harvest every week and ship that same week using a courier. You can find the delivery schedule on the Fresh spirulina Deliveries page.
Q. Do I need to be at home to accept my delivery?
A. No, you don’t. Our delivery service is 100% guaranteed which means that you will receive your order frozen, always! We have tested and sent parcels across Australia (some examples include Sydney, Cairns, inland NSW, Perth, Noosa Heads, Northern Rivers etc… delivery time was always between 1 – 3 days). In some cases, because we track the package we can tell that it was left while the owner wasn’t at home, the package in such case was left on the doorstep (particular hot weather case was Cairns). If you are still unsure you can always communicate with us for a better delivery date for you or provide us with a better address (like work for example). Alternatively, you can always schedule a new shipping day with us.
Q. How do I eat spirulina? (The short answer)
A. A common way to eat freshly frozen spirulina is simply to add it to your glass of water, juice or a blender to make a smoothie. Add it as an ice cube as another ingredient. The spirulina will dissolve and blend in.
Q. What is the best way to consume freshly frozen spirulina? (The long answer)
A. The best way is to consume Freshly Frozen Spirulina is by placing a serve content into a glass of water, glass of juice or into a blender to make a smoothie (treat it as an ice cube so it will dissolve in your glass or blend as another ingredient in your smoothie). Smoothie can be as simple as apple or pear with some water and freshly frozen spirulina. Some people will scull the spirulina off the serving pod.
Q. How should I store freshly frozen spirulina to ensure it is fresh at all times?
A. Always keep Freshly Frozen Spirulina in the freezer at (-10) – (-18°C). The spirulina is good for 6 – 12 months from harvest date.
Q.Can I freeze/refreeze spirulina?
A. Yes, you can. The freshly frozen spirulina you purchased is frozen. If for example, you received the package ordered online the spirulina has been already frozen for you. Unlike meat, thawed spirulina can be re-frozen without any problems.
Q. Does freezing affect nutrition?
A. No, it doesn’t.
Q. Does freshly frozen spirulina spoil?
A. In the freezer, the spirulina is good for 6 -12 months. If defrosted and placed in the fridge it will spoil like any other fresh vegetable. Spirulina is good in the refrigerator for 7- 10 days. You’ll know that the spirulina is spoiled if it starts smelling like a rotten egg. We do not recommend consuming Spirulina if it has been left unrefrigerated for more than 4 hours. Spirulina can be re-frozen.
Q. Can I microwave spirulina?
A. Yes, you can. Using a microwave to cook spirulina is fine and safe however is not recommended. Heating spirulina will reduce its nutritional values. Heating will destroy, for example, the proteins, the essential amino acids and enzymes. It is recommended to add spirulina at the serving stage.
Q. Can I cook spirulina?
A. Yes, you can. You can cook Spirulina but, as is the case with all vegetables, exposing fresh Spirulina to prolong heat will reduce its bioavailability as well as the amount of available nutrition. Prolong heating will destroy biological elements such as the protein, amino acids, phytonutrients, pigments etc., lots of the good stuff that you are getting the spirulina in the first place. To maintain optimal nutrition profile it is recommended to add the fresh Spirulina to food just before serving stage.
Q. What is the blue colour stuff?
A. The blue colour is called Phycocyanin. Phycocyanin is a phytonutrient (a protein pigment) its natural light is blue and is present in Spirulina. Phycocyanin is the responsible component of the blue colour of the blue-green colour of the spirulina microalgae. Phycocyanin is the blue gold of spirulina. It has proven to be effective in combating many common and advanced health problems. It’s the most powerful and potent antioxidant.
Q. My spirulina turned “black”. After defrosting my freshly frozen spirulina, I then forgot it in the fridge, the colour changed and now it looks black – what happens? is it still good?
A. The spirulina is not black, what you see is the very strong blue colour of the phycocyanin (mentioned in the previous faq) on top of the green colour (chlorophyll). After harvesting the spirulina is put under a press for water extraction, then packed and placed in a freezer. The leftover water within the cells, during the freezing stage, is crystallising and is puncturing the spirulina’s cell wall. When the spirulina is defrosted the phycocyanin is simply leaking out and you may think that the spirulina has turned dark blue (‘black’).
Take your spirulina under brighter light and you will see that it is still beautifully green and as healthy as ever. Your spirulina is still good to eat, there is nothing wrong with it. If you touch it, then look then at your finger, you’ll see the beautiful blue colour of the phycocyanin on your finger.
The only time spirulina is not good to eat is when it was sitting in the fridge over 7 days or left on the kitchen bench more than 4 hours or starting to smell (like a rotten egg).
Q. Is spirulina considered vegan?
A. Yes, it is. Freshly frozen spirulina and dried Spirulina, for that matter, are very good for vegans. The freshly frozen spirulina high content of vegetable protein (65 – 71%) is very helpful for vegans to maintain a balanced diet.
Q. What is the difference between dried and freshly frozen spirulina?
A. The drying (heat exposure), powdering (machine processing), compressing to tablet or encapsulating processes degrade the vitamins, minerals, protein phytonutrients and antioxidants making freshly frozen spirulina superior in nutritious than other forms of Spirulina.
Certain Spirulina powders and supplements are reported to have a strong taste and smell compared with fresh Spirulina which is virtually tasteless and odourless.
Q. Does freshly frozen spirulina smell or have flavour?
A. Freshly frozen spirulina is tasteless and odourless. One of the advantages of fresh frozen Spirulina is the lack of smell and flavour. This unique characteristic gives you greater creative flexibility when consuming. You can add your freshly-frozen spirulina to any drink yet you will not taste or smell it. In one fresh spirulina serve there is 3 times more spirulina than on a regular teaspoon yet no smell or flavour is detected.
Q. How much spirulina should I eat each day?
A. This the right spot to mention that spirulina is not medicine or a drug but food and should be treated like that.
Each pod/serve is 20g of pure spirulina and most people find that 20g is enough for them, however, if you put 1 serve of freshly frozen spirulina in your drink and start drinking and find that it’s too much for you, simply place the rest it in the fridge for later or for the next day or share with another person.
Q. How much protein can I get from spirulina?
A. Freshly frozen spirulina offers up to 71 per cent protein which consists of all essential amino acids that the body does not synthesise by itself.
Q. Is spirulina good for weight loss?
A. Freshly frozen spirulina is packed with nutrients and will ‘fill’ your banks. The result is that you will feel full and eat in a more organised manner and in smaller quantities. It will take over your eating patterns. Eating Spirulina as part of a balanced diet and exercise can help with weight loss.
Q. Is the vitamin B12 found in spirulina useable?
A. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) the vitamin complex B12 is found in spirulina and is available for humans for absorption.
On the contrary, the United States government’s department of agriculture argues that the same vitamin is a pseudo-element and therefore not usable for the human body.
(The prefix pseudo is used to mark something that superficially appears to be (or behaves like))
Genesis Algae South East Laboratory stands by the findings of the latter.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Circular No. 1034
A REVIEW ON CULTURE, PRODUCTION AND USE OF SPIRULINA AS FOOD FOR HUMANS AND FEEDS FOR
DOMESTIC ANIMALS AND FISH
A REVIEW ON CULTURE, PRODUCTION AND USE OF SPIRULINA AS FOOD FOR HUMANS AND FEEDS FOR DOMESTIC ANIMALS AND FISH
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. N.p., 2017. Web. 26 Mar. 2017.
Q. Can everybody consume fresh spirulina?
A. Yes, Spirulina is safe for everyone to consume. Recommended daily consumption ranges between 10-20gr per day of freshly frozen spirulina. Consult with your doctor or nutritionist to determine how much is right for you.
Q. Am I allergic to spirulina?
A. Allergic reactions to Spirulina are extremely rare, but if you are concerned that you might be having an adverse reaction to Spirulina stop taking and consult your doctor immediately.
Phenylketonuria patients are forbidden from taking spirulina. The product may contain Phenylalanine.
Pregnant women, children and those taking prescription medications consult a physician or qualified therapist before using.
Q. Is the spirulina tested for heavy metals
A. Yes. The Spirulina farm is located within a certified organic farm. Part of the compulsory testing for that certificate is for the presence of heavy metals. Furthermore, the nutrients used to make the cultivation medium are all food-grade some of them are purchased at the supermarket isles.