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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Spirulina Vs. Wild Blue Green Algae

Spirulina Is the Safe Blue-Green Algae
Many people have asked about the differences between Spirulina and wild blue-green algae harvested from lakes. Spirulina is one particular kind of blue-green algae with a centuries long history of safe human consumption. It is well known to be safe and nutritious. Hundreds of published scientific studies over the past thirty years have documented no toxicity.

Some Wild Blue-Green Algae Are Toxic
Blue-green algae is also called cyanobacteria. Wild species grow in lakes and waterways, consuming whatever nutrients are in the water. Some species of cyanobacteria are toxic just like mushrooms and some land plants. Most kinds of microcystis, anabaena and aphanizomenon flos-aquae are toxic. Wild blue-green algae has not been subject to Spirulina's long safety testing. Companies that harvest wild species of blue-green algae from natural lakes cannot have the same degree of control as growing Spirulina at Earthrise Nutritionals' farm. Harvesting wild algae presents a far greater risk of contamination by cyanobacterial toxins.

Spirulina Can Be Cultivated In a Controlled Environment
Spirulina can be cultivated in a monoculture, uncontaminated by other cyanobacteria. Farms can be specially designed and operated to produce Spirulina under controlled conditions that do not allow the growth of other contaminant cyanobacteria as in lakes and waterways. Finally, at Earthrise Nutritionals, 40 quality control tests assure Spirulina meets all international food safety and quality standards. It is already known to be safe and nutritious, and the technology and quality control at an advanced farm assures purity and safety.

Source: www.earthrise.com

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