Nutraceutical, a splicing of the words “nutrition” and “pharmaceutical”, was coined in 1989 by Stephen L. DeFelice, founder and chairman of the Foundation of Innovation Medicine. The term is applied to products that range from isolated nutrients, dietary supplements and herbal products, specific diets to processed foods such as cereals, soups, and beverages (Wikipedia). AlgaGen‘s vision is to identify and produce species of microalgal nutraceuticals to better human and animal health.
One such microalga, cyanobacterium specifically, is Spirulina. This algae has been eaten by man and animals throughout the millennia. There are stories of Incas, Aztecs, indigenous tribes cultivating, sustaining, and utilizing Spirulina in their day-to-day as well as spiritual rituals. We have spent years developing our own strain that has adapted to the sunny, lush, tropical conditions of Florida. We have been producing it under ultra clean conditions since 2011, feeding family and friends. In 2014 we made the decision to open our production up to our community.
Spirulina itself is known to have a hi-protein content (60-70%), high amounts of vitamin A, beta carotene, calcium, magnesium, essential fatty acids, chlorophyll and vitamin B amongst other compounds. It is considered a “superfood” by some and by others a “functional food” . A functional food is a food given an additional function , often one related to health-promotion or disease prevention. The health claims surrounding the regular consumption of Spirulina are vast and amazing. However, we cannot support these claims but do believe that Spirulina is a fantastic, healthy food. It is low on the food chain, and in our case produced responsibly with the highest quality ingredients possible. Since we are not going to try to recount the numerous claims regarding the health benefits, we encourage you to perform your own search on-line.
With all the positive feedback we have been receiving, we decided to open production up to the community with a fresh frozen product called ZIP-100; ZIP for vigor, energy, health and 100 for 100% natural, pure, good. There are advantages to eating fresh frozen ZIP-100 Spirulina. When Spirulina is fresh frozen the sensitive nutrients, enzymes, proteins, lipids are not damaged and are accessible. When Spirulina is exposed to heat (cooked) many of these components become denatured, oxidized or diminished in some way. With fresh frozen ZIP-100 you are receiving everything that Spirulina has to offer…try it, you will notice a difference.