The History of Spirulina
Spirulina is a blue-green micro-alga that has been studied, used, and praised throughout history. In fact, there is evidence that the Aztecs and other Mesoamerican cultures used it as a food source up until the 16th century. It is believed that the spirulina was harvested from Lake Texcoco. During the 1960’s, French researchers found spirulina in abundance within this lake.
As far back as the 9th century, evidence suggests that spirulina may have been a food supplement in Chad during the Kanem Empire. It is still eaten there today; dried into cakes called Dihe. The spirulina is harvested from small lakes and ponds around Lake Chad.
NASA and the European Space Agency have also shown their support for spirulina by proposing that this superfood should be one of the primary foods to be cultivated for astronauts who are part of long-term space missions.
The History of Chlorella
chlorella is very popular throughout Asia and especially in Japan where it is highly recognized for its amazing health benefits. It was identified at the end of the 19th century, and the Japanese began studying the superfood further in the 1940’s. In fact, the Japanese take more chlorella per capita than Americans take Vitamin C. They add it to tea, juice, soup, yogurt, noodles, and other foods.
During the late 1940’s and the early 1950’s, the world experienced a frightening and uncontrollable growth in population. With this growth, many people thought that chlorella was the answer to feed world hunger. Why? Because Chlorella was recognized as a high quality nutrient dense food that doesn’t cost a lot of money to harvest.
Institutions began their research on chlorella. Some notable institutions conducting this research were the Rockefeller Foundation, Carnegie Institution, NIH, Atomic Energy Commission, UC Berkeley and Stanford University.
Stanford University discovered that chlorella could convert 20% of solar energy into a plant. When it was dried it contained 60% protein, as well as many amino acids, fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins. In essence, chlorella contains everything the human body needs to survive.
With their amazing abundance of nutrients, scientists and traditional cultures recognize spirulina and chlorella are perfect whole food nutritional supplements for optimal health.