982 of 1,016 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2010
[*** Feb 2013 - I have now integrated the MANY updates I had posted on this review over the past few years. It should be a little easier to follow, I hope! I have made use of << HEADINGS >> to try and make it easier to jump to the info that is of most interest to you. It's still a lot of reading, so only read the In Brief part if you're not the type who likes so much info]
With this brand of Spirulina you are on to a good thing! Especially as far as taste and quality are concerned.
<< IN BRIEF - THE CONDENSED REVIEW >>
Simply put, after 20+ years of Spirulina usage, this is the best Spirulina I know of, at one of the the best prices (and shipping options) I have seen anywhere online and off-line. If great tasting Spirulina is what you are looking for, this is the one to buy. Forget the slightly cheaper non-Hawaiian varieties (from India, China, etc.).
If you've never had spirulina, try this one. If you've had (non-Hawaiian) spirulina and didn't like the taste, try this one. That's my review in a nutshell.
As is typical for me, I like to share detailed information where appropriate, so that people like yourself can inform yourself if you so desire. So... for my more in-depth info, please read on:
<< FULL REVIEW - THE FULL MONTY >>
Let me first put this review into a helpful context.
I have been eating Spirulina on an almost daily basis for approximately the past 20 years. Since my mid-teens I've been making big green looking smoothies every morning. My father and I affectionately refer to them as my "Swamp Water" or "Swamp juice".
This particular Spirulina is from a fantastic high-tech Spirulina production facility on the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. They use ultra pure ocean water for both growing and drying the Spirulina. It is dried at a low temperature to keep the nutrients in tact.
<< THE TASTE FACTOR >>
I'd been eating Spirulina for perhaps 5 years before I tried this Hawaiian variety (manufactured by Nutrex). Now, let me say I had always loved the taste of Spirulina. I'd put a couple of heaped tablespoons of it into my morning drink. Friends and family, however, found the taste too strong and "green" if I put in that much though.
One day I met the guy who was importing Nutrex Hawaiian Spirulina into New Zealand (where I lived at the time). He asked if I'd like to try some (at a health Expo). I said, "No thanks, I am very familiar with Spirulina". He said, "Not Hawaiian Spirulina. It tastes much nicer than the other kinds". I let him know that I actually already enjoy the taste of Spirulina. At the time I was getting New Zealand branded Spirulina (imported from India or China). The guy said that compared to the Hawaiian variety, other Spirulina tastes like earth. I'd never noticed that. Curious, I tried his little cup of green stuff, and WOW it was extra delicious. I realised, for the first time, that indeed the other varieties tasted a bit like soil. Whereas the Hawaiian variety tastes creamy and... well, it's hard to describe. Let's just say it is delicious for those people into concentrated green foods, and whilst perhaps calling it "delicious" is going too far for some, it is certainly the most palatable for those folk who are not yet used to eating concentrated green foods.
So, that was over 15 years ago, and I've eaten primarily Hawaiian Spirulina ever since. Partly because it tastes great, which means I can put as much as I want into my drink without it getting over-powering, but also because my research indicated that the Hawaiian variety is superior in quality and nutritional content. This particular one being sold here on Amazon is at one of the best prices I have seen, which is why I often buy it from here when I am in the USA.
<< SPIRULINA BENEFITS >>
If you are new to Spirulina and super-foods in general, I suggest adding this product to a smoothie, and drinking that each day. Use clean spring water if you can. Certainly avoid chlorinated and fluoridated tap water if at all possible. In a blender add to the water 1 ripe organic banana as a base. It will greatly improve the taste.
Then add the following:
- Start out with 1 teaspoon of Spirulina. Increase to 2 or so tablespoons if you wish, and as you get accustomed to the taste.
- A handful of Raw Organic Goji Berries (soak them in water overnight if you want them to blend more smoothly),
- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of Organic Raw Maca Powder
- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of Lucuma Powder
- 1 tablesppon of Y.S. Organic Bee Farms - Fresh Bee Pollen Whole Granules (or any other decent pollen on Amazon, as there are quite a few now)
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of organic Ginger Root Powder (that'll help with your digestion of the other goodies).
- You could also add 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of Chlorella powder. The one from NOW foods is a good deal.
This approximate recipe is for about a quart (1 litre) of drink so use 1 quart (1 L) of water.
Blend them up in a blender, and enjoy.
I have given workshops on what I call "Intelligent Nutritional" throughout Europe and Canada, and this is a basic version of a recipe I share with people. I've had many people after just 3 to 7 days tell me they feel like a new person (they look like it too!!) after drinking this each morning. Friends comment on how them seem to be "glowing" and ask what they are up to!! Try it out.
<< TABLETS OR POWDER ? >>
I recommend using spirulina as a powder, if possible. I think it's best to taste and "chew" (keep in the mouth for a little time) what we are eating. Swallowing tablets by-passes that step. If you really can't stomach the taste of Spirulina at all (and I know some people can't), you'll have to go with the tablets. Power is also more instantly digestible, although that's unlikely to make any real difference. If you decide to buy tablets from another company, make sure they are 100% low pressure/low-heat pressed tablets. Some brands have fillers and binders in their tablets which indicate a poor quality product and high-pressure tableting machines (which will damage the spirulina). Nutrex tablets are good quality.
<< BUYING BULK ? >>
If you use a lot of Spirulina you may find it even more affordable to buy it in bulk. As I write this, it is possible to buy in a 5lb vacuum pack for $27.60 / lb or $141 in total (Spirulina Pacifica 5 lbs). The price varies, and to be honest these 1lb jars are so cheap (their RRP is $49.95 or more) the bulk hardly works out any cheaper. NOW foods did use to sell Hawaiian Spirulina at the absolutely best price, but that changed over 2011. They currently source it from India and it tastes awful.
If you know little or nothing about Spirulina, please read up on it on the Internet - it's worth leaning about. I'll mention here that it is a highly concentrated source of a very broad range of nutrients. I'd say a couple of tablespoons of this rich green powder contains more nutrition that the people eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) might get in a week worth of meals. This is powerful stuff that will change the way you feel, big time! Enjoy! I know many people who have had a wide range of very positive benefits from adding spirulina to their diet. Less food cravings, diminished desire for junk food, more energy, improved sex-life, less need for coffee in the morning, weight loss, improved memory, and many other benefits are just some of what people have reported to me and in literature.
<< ORGANIC STATUS >>
If you want ORGANIC spirulina, the Nutrex one is NOT certified (or uncertified) organic. HOWEVER my research into spirulina indicates it is not possible to grow certified organic spirulina with reputable certification authorities (such as the major ones in the "Western World". Since October 2005, most of ` Organic Spirulina ' was from USA. Two major USA companies (Cyanotech, the makers of Nutrex brand, being one of them) have both ceased production of ` Organic Spirulina ', due to the USDA terminating the use of a fertiliser which was originally permitted as an organic feed for the growth of Spirulina. When those rules change, the organic status was dropped. It is my understanding the only so-called "organic spirulina" is from China and India, and that one reason for this is that the so-called "organic" standards there are questionable (i.e. not worth paying extra money on).
For the past 18 years I have been eating almost more-or-less only organically produced foods. Yet in the case of the Nutrex spirulina it does not bother me that it lost its organic certification status due to changes in the organic standards. Having researched the matter, I have no problems with that technicality in this particular case.
I have asked NOW Foods about their ORGANIC SPIRULINA POWDER and their non-organic spirulina (that was previously from Hawaii). The organic product is certified organic (by a number of reputable certifying groups) and grown/produced in India. They tell me it is very high quality and from a state-of-the-art facility there in India. It is manufactured by a company called Parry Nutraceuticals. You can look them up online. I have a tub of it sitting in my kitchen draw. It's been there since mid-2012, hardly touched. The reason is that it tastes awful. It literally smells and tastes like cow or horse manure. I've bought a wide range of spirulina brands around the world, and the Organic NOW Foods Spirulina takes the award for worst tasting, by a long shot. It's the first time I've found Spirulina to be unpalatable. I understand from Parry literature (online) their product is high quality, and has a long list of organic certifications. But in this instance taste wins out over my wish to eat organic foods. I have communicated with NOW Foods numerous times in the last year about this issue. They say they are aware of it and are that the manufacturer is working on it. You can read my full review of the NOW Foods Spirulina for more details of those emails.
Note that as of Feb 2013 the NOW Foods (non-organic) spirulina still states just under the price area that it is "* Ocean-Chill Dried(TM) 100% Natural Hawaiian Spirulina" This is outdated, and therefore incorrect information. I have notified Amazon, and wait to see if the correct it.
<< OTHER BRANDS (of Hawaiian Spirulina) >>
It should be noted that ALL of the above info I have been posting applies not only to the product this review is on. It applies to all Hawaiian spirulina, under any brand, as it is all manufactured by Cyanotech, the owners of the Nutrex brand. Other brands that are stated to be Hawaiian are: Pure Planet, MicrOrganics (UK), TruNature (from Costco), Nature's Life Hawaiian Spirulina, Lifetime Hawaiian Spirulina, Thompson Nutritional Products. Obviously the prices go up and down, but in general this Nutrex product I am reviewing is the best price.
<< OTHER USA GROWN OPTIONS ? >>
Apart from the various brands listed above which are Hawaiian, the other USA grown spirulina (from California, not Hawaii) is the Earthrise Spirulina Natural brand. I have bought it a few times over the years (although not in the last 5 years or so) and I don't recall having any personal issues with it. I see most people report it tastes acceptable or nice. I know some people have switched form Nutrex to Earthrise because of concerns about radioactivity from Fukushima. I think it's pretty hard to say what the exact impact of that ongoing (yes, it's still critical, as of Feb 2013) disaster. Most, if not all, of the US West coast received fallout from Fukushima, so the Earthrise facilities in California might have been just as likely to be affected as Hawaii. Anyway, that's another option if you want a US made product (as opposed to spirulina from China, India, or Thailand - the other main producers), that is also is quality packaging (brown glass jar). Right now on Amazon, Earthrise Spirulina Natural is $30.99 plus $5 shipping (shipped by a Swanson Health Products).
<< BETTER PRICE OPTIONS ? >>
If price if a big concern for you, do check the price on the brands I have listed above. One brand I most often find is below the price of this Nutrex product is from Source Naturals. *[10 Feb, 2013] As I write this, for instance, it is $21.80 for 16 oz, with Prime shipping. So it's about $7 cheaper per pound.
IMPORTANT NOTE (Feb 2013): The above mentioned product has an image that shows "Source Naturals Hawaiian Spirulina". This is an old and outdated image. Their spirulina is NOT from Hawaii (it was in the past). I still go for the Nutrex one because it is Hawaiian and it comes in superior packaging. I am guessing that when Source Naturals lost their contract with Cyanotech (just as NOW Foods did) they switched to a source in India or China.
PACKAGING NOTE: Spirulina is sensitive to oxidation from light and air. The dark brown glass jar of the Nutrex brand (and Earthrise brand) is superior to the thin white HDPE plastic.
<< NOW FOODS SPIRULINA (the non-organic one) >>
For a nearly two years I was recommending in this review that people buy the bulk 4 lb tub of (non-organic) Hawaiian Spirulina from NOW FOODS. That's because it came from the same grower in Hawaii (Cyanotech) as the Nutrex brand. At that time the 4 lb tub was by far the best price for Hawaiian Spirulina. As of late 2011 I dropped that recommendation, because NOW FOODS changed their non-organic supplier to Parry Nutraceuticals (the same company they get their Organic product from). I have not tried it, but from what I am reading online it tastes as awful as the organic one from Parry (many people have also mentioned the manure smell and taste). If it tastes anything like their Organic Spirulina from India, it will not be at all pleasant. So since late 2011 I've been again recommending the Nutrex brand as the best spirulina at the best price. There are a few other companies selling the Hawaiian variety, but their prices are higher and their packaging cheaper (plastic as opposed to dark brown air-tight glass bottles).
<< COMMUNICATIONS WITH CYANOTECH ON ORGANIC STATUS>>
(12/Mar/2012) I have received numerous communications from Cyanotech in response to my questions to them. I'll pass on the following information for your consideration:
I communicated with Cyanotech some time ago now... and they assure me their spirulina is "herbicide, pesticide, and GMO free". They did not mention fertilisers, so I will enquire further on that.
They have stated:
(Quote) >> "Plant-based organic (biological) agriculture is fundamentally a system of maintaining soil health and therefore plant vitality. Organic farming relies heavily on the use of nitrogen fixing cover crops, composted manures, crop rotation, and of course organic farming eschews the use of synthetic pesticides (including herbicides). Properly managed organic growing systems build a healthy topsoil with a minimum of soil loss, and also minimized losses of nutrients to ground water, streams, and lakes.
The line between organic and standard cultivation of Spirulina is much less distinct, as pesticides and herbicides are not used in the culture of Spirulina. Furthermore, since Spirulina is grown without soil, there is no crop rotation or direct additions of manure to the growing system. Instead, Spirulina growers create the exact conditions of nature (high baking soda and ample amounts of soluble phosphorous and nitrogen) . Manures do not work in this system as they would be harvested with the algae and would contaminate it. This is because Spirulina is a filamentous algae and must be screened out of the water using a very fine mesh.
In many ways, however, Spirulina culture belongs with more traditional biological growing systems. Spirulina does not create any ground water pollution or soil erosion (it is grown in lined ponds). Water and energy use are much enhanced over those of terrestrial agriculture (including organic systems). And as I mentioned, there are no pesticides or herbicides used. Spirulina culture is also extremely energy efficient. And although traditional organic farming can use cover crops for nitrogen, there are also phosphorous inputs that are from outside sources (this is absolutely necessary also with Spirulina). Simply put, both organic terrestrial and Spirulina culture systems are reduced input farming techniques that are much lower impact in terms of pollution and soil loss than typical commercial farming."
>> (End quote)
Their literature also states the following about their Spirulina:
>> "Pesticide free, Herbicide free, Environmentally friendly, Full nutritional value, Purified nutrients, Highest growth rate, Low heavy metal level, Low bacterial count"
There is still no mention of where they source the nutrients for spirulina production. I'll asked about this in March 2012, with no reply. (Feb 2013, I have asked again, and will post their answer when I get it).
Nutrex also share the following explanation about why they dropped the organic certification:
>> "In October 2002 the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted to continue to allow the use of mined Chilean nitrate in Spirulina production until October 2005. (Chilean nitrate is a water soluble form of nitrogen used in the production of Organic Spirulina.) Unfortunately, the USDA organic production regulations are directed at terrestrial farming and do not address the unique position occupied by aquatic farming of crops such as Spirulina. Production of Spirulina requires water soluble forms of phosphorus and nitrogen. This is not desired in terrestrial farming as soluble forms of phosphorous and nitrogen can harm the soil and contaminate ground water; on the other hand, in Spirulina production this is not a problem because all culture ponds are lined and there is no runoff or contamination of ground water. Cyanotech feels that the NOSB will vote to disallow the use of Chilean nitrate in October 2005 as it is mined and thus not considered a sustainable source of nitrogen.
With Chilean nitrate prohibited in all organic production systems, an alternative source of organic soluble nitrogen must be found. The only sources of soluble nitrogen allowed under organic regulations are compost teas and various manures. Cyanotech has examined these potential sources of soluble nitrogen and found them unsatisfactory because they would:
1) Contaminate our Spirulina with lead and other heavy metals
2) Increase the bacterial count in Spirulina
3) Produce inferior Spirulina products at a much higher cost
For these reasons, Cyanotech will stop production of organic Spirulina if Chilean nitrate is disallowed in October, 2005. Instead we will concentrate our efforts to continually improve the quality of our All Natural Spirulina products.
In many ways standard Spirulina culture methods (not organic) are compatible with traditional organic growing systems. Spirulina does not create any ground water pollution or soil erosion since it is grown in lined ponds. Water and energy are used much more efficiently than in terrestrial agriculture use (including organic systems). Cyanotech's All Natural Spirulina products are GMO free, are produced without the use of pesticides or herbicides, are produced using pure deep seawater pumped from a depth of 2000 ft as a source of trace minerals and use a patented OceanChill(tm) drying process to preserve oxygen sensitive nutrients. Hawaiian Spirulina from Cyanotech has the highest purity, and by far the highest nutritional value of any Spirulina available.
>> (End quote)
I will post back here when I find out more about their fertilisation methods. For now it seems they use what is called "Chilean nitrate," which was until 2005 an excepted fertiliser under US organic standards.
<< FUKUSHIMA RADIOACTIVITY CONCERNS >>
(Added 13/03/2012) Fukushima radioactivity impact report: Nutrex/Cyanotech assure me (and the public) they have not experienced any fallout or related effects from the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident in Japan. They have made this public statement:
>>" Cyanotech implemented monitoring of our Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica and BioAstin Natural Astaxanthin products immediately after the disaster in Japan through independent third party laboratory analysis. The analyses found no detectable radiation (less than 1.0 Bq/kg for iodine-131; less than 0.5 Bq/kg for cesium-134; and less than 0.6 Bq/kg for cesium-137), in products produced on 3/22/2011, which was the time in which it was theorized that the tail of the radiation plume from Japan could reach Hawaii. Cyanotech continues to test its products for radiation contamination through independent third party laboratory analysis to ensure that they are the highest quality, most healthful products available in the supplement industry. Recent radiation testing of Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica and BioAstin products find no detectable radiation." << (End Quote)
For those people concerned about radioactivity in general, please note that Spirulina has been proven to significantly reduce the ill effects of radiation exposure. If you want to maximise that effect look into using Astaxanthin, which is extracted from Spirulina. It is the primary antioxidant in Spirulina, and is considered to be the most potent anti-oxidant we know of. There are many options for this on Amazon so I recommend doing a search to see them all.
<< MY CONCLUSIONS >>
Nutrex Hawaiian Spirulina is a great product and I am sure you'll be as or more happy with it that the other spirulina options. Ideally go for the powder, but if you can't stomach it, switch to tablets. If you want certified organic you'll have to go with a potentially fowl tasting variety from India. If you simply want US made, use either Hawaiian (Nutrex or one of the other brands I listed) or Earthrise (from CA).
International lecturer, Yoga teacher, and award-winning author of Peace, Power, and Presence: Wisdom for a Lift of Freedom.
P.S. I have posted links to the products above, specifically selecting only brands I personally have tried and highly recommend. Different merchants, however, sell these products on Amazon and elsewhere online. So search here and elsewhere for the best price. The ones I have posted links to do not necessarily represent the best price and shipping deals, etc. Although some of them are the best prices I have come across (which helps, because stocking up on super-foods can seem expensive for some of us)
130 of 137 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2012
first, i am not a fitness or herbal guru.
I'm just a 43yo out of shape ex-marine and I have been taking NSP since October of 2011. For the first couple of months i didn't notice anything.
"notice" is the key word here. During the holiday season the flu and pneumonia
went through my house and my work place with a vengeance. My wife and several coworkers got sick enough to go the hospital. After the holiday's and into the spring it hit me. I did not get sick! not even a sniffle. I have not felt ill, off, crappy, or even light headed since October. i have had a couple of headaches nothing serious, but i do remember indulging some spirits the night before :)
Basically i have not been sick or even felt bad for over 6 months, even after getting only 3hrs of sleep last night i feel pretty good actually.
I will update this review in another six months. :)
Not a sniffle!
I cannot get sick! Flu, colds, dust... goes through my house and my work. The only thing i got "sick" of, was telling people (family, co-workers) to takes these. No one will listen. Oh well.
If you like being sick and miserable Do not take these. Just leaves more for us :)
Still not sick after 3 Years!
460 of 531 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2011
There seems to be some confusion among reviewers over whether or not this Hawaiian grown spirulina is organic or not and how it compares to other spirulina products. I researched spirulina myself because I am concerned about the products I consume. What I found out was that most of the "Hawaiian Spirulina" that reviewers are referring to are produced by a company in Hawaii called Cyanotech Corp (under the labels of Nutrex and others). This company doesn't have "Organic" certification. It is my understanding that non-organically grown spirulinas such as this one (a/k/a "All Natural") rely on chemically based fertilizers to grow their spirulina (which is not allowed under Organic standards) -- and as a result can only call it "all natural".
There is only one certified producer of organic spirulina that I know of. That company is Parry Nutraceuticals (parrynutraceuticals.com) and they are located in Southern India and have received organic certifications under the USDA, the IMO in Switzerland and Naturland in Germany. Read the FAQs on their website -- it is very interesting. They also received a prestigious certification from the US Pharmacopeia which allows them to use the "USP Ingredient Verified Mark" on their spirulina powder. That mark ensures the quality of their product and the claims regarding purity, limits of contamination, etc. I also found out that they are the first spirulina manufacturer in the world to receive that designation.
I found out the the NOW Foods Organic Spirulina is from Parry Nutraceuticals and I also found out that the Swanson brand of Organic Spirulina (in tablets) is also from Parry. I'm sure there are many others too, but I didn't spend any more time looking into it since both of these items are available at the swansonvitamins.com website, which is where I typically shop for supplements.
99 of 111 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2014
WARNING...DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT! I used this daily for 6 months when I went for routine blood work. I ended up with a diagnosis of "Hepatic Damage." My liver enzymes were significantly elevated and one of them caused my protein to be low. I am healthy and have never had liver problems before. After doing some research this is what I learned. Contaminated blue-green algae can cause liver damage, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, weakness, thirst, rapid heartbeat, shock, and death. Don't use any blue-green algae product that hasn't been tested and found free of mycrocystins and other contamination.
After being off this for one month, I had my labs repeated and everything came back normal. This is the only product that I take that I stopped; therefore, I am convinced that it was this specific brand of Spirulina that caused it.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2014
This product has taken me out of lurkdom to finally write my first product review. I was looking for something to give me more energy when I stumbled on this product while looking for green smoothie recipe ideas. Anyway, I took it for a few weeks and didn't feel anything so I was going to put it in my 'does not work' pile. I didn't like the mild headache I got every time I took it so I didn't have much incentive to continue until about a month into it, my husband started sleeping like a rock. He has suffered from poor sleep for years so I knew something was up when he started falling asleep faster, staying asleep and waking up refreshed. He convinced me to try half a teaspoon instead of a whole teaspoon and to take it in orange juice instead of an empty stomach with water. Well, he was right!
I was able to slowly work myself up to 2 teaspoons, it took about 5 months, but I can't believe how good I feel. Here is what I notice:
- The best sleep I've ever had. A solid 7 hours is all I need. Fall asleep fast, stay asleep
- Steady steam of energy all day long into the night.
- Better ability to focus, concentrate, words come easier (I am bi-lingual and so is hubby)
- Higher libido
- No more period pain
-Very Very clear skin, never had much acne but if I did get a pimple, it would scar easily, haven't had a pimple in 2 months.
- Stopped snacking in between meals
- I don't weigh myself but my clothes feel looser despite not exercising much
- Feel calmer more patient with my preschooler
I used to take my spirulina with orange juice in the morning but I'm trying not to drink juice (too sweet) so I put it in my low-sodium V8 that has been thinned with water. I use 4-6 oz of low-sodium V8 and 4 oz of cold water, then I put two level teaspoons on top, put the top on and shake very well. This keep the spirulina from sticking to the bottom and sides of the cup. I use my daughter's old sippy cup. I sip it while I wait for my eggs to boil. I like to have two eggs for breakfast on most mornings. After I eat my eggs, I take 1 teaspoon Carlsson cod liver oil. I don't know if it's the cod liver oil and spirulina working together that is giving me such great results but I really like the supplement regimen we are currently using. It's been snowing like crazy and very cold here in the Northeast and usually I feel depressed in the winter, but this winter hasn't been bad at all.
I wish I could convince my friends to try this product. The smell and taste doesn't bother me at all. I actually look forward to taking it every morning. It taste a bit mineral-y to me, I guess that's all the iron that is in it.
I hope this review helps those who are on the fence about this product.
36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2009
does what it's supposed to do.
Since taking it, I no longer feel like I need a nap every afternoon, and I'm not ready for bed at 8pm anymore. My energy is back where it should be.
31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2011
Noticed when taking spirulina that I had an increased awareness. I was able to focus on a much higher level. My energy did increase significantly.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2014
I tried this for a few weeks and I really liked it. I have told many people about spirulina. It made my hair and nails come to life. I have had so many compliments on how my hair looks and how my attitude has change so much. I am less tired, able to handle more, and with a nice energized feeling.
Having taken for a few weeks, I did feel like I was not to the feel good feeling others had talked about but I love this product so I switched to the Hawaiian Powder and what a difference. I don't mind the taste and feel even better
I would recommend this product and if you don't mind the taste, get the powder instead of pills
43 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2013
I'm now 23 and I've been battling acne since I was about 10 years old. There hasn't been a day since that first zit popped up that I've been totally acne free- until I found Spirulina!
Over the years, I have tried over the counter products such as Proactiv, Clearasil, NOxzema, etc.I had varying results using these products but usually ended up with red, dry, acne covered skin. I have also been on prescription medications Minocycline, Clindamycin lotion and BenzaClin. I had been taking Minocycline and using BenzaClin for about 15 months. There was usually one "good" week right before my period that I didn't have huge red zits, then back to my moderate acne.
Well, here is what happened. I started taking Spirulina because a friend recommended it for weight loss. I started off taking 3 in the morning and 3 at night. I remember looking in the mirror and noticing how clear my skin was, even the blackheads were gone. "Hmmm, must be my good week lol." A week went by, and another week, and another week.....STILL NO ACNE! I completely ditched all those medications and have been using nothing but my Spirulina and a thin layer of OTC benzoyl peroxide at night.
Now one thing I will note: I have gone a week without it (I went on vacation, it didn't) and I broke out so bad!!! It works, but you have to keep taking it!
This is such a good product for you in general, and with the added acne relief, I plan on keeping a bottle handy! I totally recommend it for anyone who wants a good vitamin or struggles with acne!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2013
This review is mainly for people who use/believe in energetically testing products through the use of Applied Kinesiology (muscle testing). This Nutrex spirulina tests very strong... even better than the NOW brand.
I have been purchasing the NOW brand of spirulina for years because they make great supplements. Spirulina is not cheap though, so I decided to look for an alternative of equivalent quality. The only thing I found that's a lot cheaper than the NOW brand is the bulk packaged products from places like China. Although such products could be muscle tested for purity I decided to not even bother. I noticed that the Nutrex spirulina is a bit cheaper than the NOW brand, and I like the idea of sourcing from Hawaiian waters.
Delightfully, the Nutrex spirulina tests a bit stronger than the NOW spirulina. Not a *huge* difference, but given that it is also cheaper I jumped ship to the Nutrex brand (about $5 cheaper on a 1lb. jar at time of this review 4-2013). As a plus, the Nutrex product comes in a dark GLASS jar compared to the plastic bottle used by Now.
By the way... I've used applied kinesiology for 20+ years and trust it over any lab test. The key is to find a practitioner who knows how to do it properly. Muscle testing a nutritional product alleviates the nuisance of trying to evaluate claims by the manufacturer (organic or not, clean waters, properly processed, etc.). Muscle testing bypasses all that nonsense and simply measures how effective the product is. For example, we have tested various non-organic products that rated better than their organic counterparts. Organic labeling can [unfortunately] be misleading.