For comfortableness and a quick nutritional boost anytime, our tablets may be carried in a purse, backpack or suitcase. Nutrex Hawaii tablets may go everyplace with you whether it be camping, traveling, to the office, or just having fun, Spirulina Pacifica cold pressed tablets are the choice for you! Each tablet is 500 milligrams of pure cold pressed fat free Spirulina Pacifica.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #1282 in Health and Beauty
- Size: 400 tab
- Brand: Nutrex
- Ingredients: Protein: 2gm, Vitamin A: 9000IU, Thiamin: .09mg, Riboflavin: .12mg, Vitamin B12: 1.7mcg, Iron: 3mg, Sodium: 40mg, Gamma Linolenic Acid: 30mg, Zeaxanthin: 2.4mg, TOTAL CAROTENOIDS: 12mg, Chlorophyll: 24mg, C-PHYCOCYANIN: 150mg, Superoxide Dismutase: 1800Units
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 4.00″ h x 4.00″ w x 6.00″ l, 1.06 pounds
- Serving Size – 6 tablets
- Does Not Contain: Hydrogenated vegetable oil, pesticides.
173 of 177 people found the following review helpful.
The best Spirulina at the best price – UPDATE: better price options available
By Jonathan Evatt
*** UPDATES: 4/11/2011, 11/11/2011, 12/Mar/2012, 13/03/2012 — please see my updates (with ***) near the end of this review ***
With this brand of Spirulina you are on to a good thing! Especially as far as taste goes.
Simply put, this is the best Spirulina I know of, at the best price I have seen anywhere online and offline (UPDATE 11/11/2011: It’s no longer the cheapest way to get this variety of spirulina. See my updates near the end). This is the one to buy, if great tasting Spirulina is what you are looking for. Forget the cheaper non-Hawaiian varieties (from India, China, etc.). For more indepth info, read on:
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.
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.
Then one day I met the guy who first stated to import Nutrex Hawaiian Spirulina into New Zealand (where I live). 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 (perhaps imported from India or grown locally). The guy told me that compared to the Hawaiian variety, other Spirulina tastes like soil. I’d never noticed that. Curious, I tried his little cup of green stuff, and WOW it was extra delicious. In that moment I realised, for the first time, that yes, indeed, the other varieties taste a bit like soil. Odd. 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 about 15 years ago, and I’ve eaten ONLY 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.
If you are new to Spirulina and superfoods in general, I suggest adding this product to a smoothie, and drinking that each day. Use clean spring water if you can. To that add 1 ripe organic banana as a base. Then add the following:
- Start out with 1 tablespoon of Spirulina. Increase as you get use to the taste.
- 1 tablespoon of Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs,
- 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
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of organic Ginger Root Powder (that’ll help with your digestion of the other goodies).
This rough 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 give workshops on what I call “Intelligent Nutritional” around the world, 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.
If you’re looking to buy Spirulina, this is the brand to get, and it’s at a great price.
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)
If you know 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 few weeks worth of meals. This is powerful stuff that will change the way you feel, big time!! Enjoy!
*** UPDATE 4/11/2011 ***: If you want ORGANIC spirulina, the Nutrex one is NOT certified (or uncertified) organic. For many many years it was “certified organic”, until a couple of years ago. I have asked NOW Foods about their ORGANIC SPIRULINA POWDER. It is certified organic and grown/produced in India. They tell me it is very high quality and from a state-of-the-art facility there in India. I have not tried it yet, but I will do soon, mostly to determine if the taste is as good as the Hawaiian variety. I currently have no reason to believe its quality is anything less than great, but the spirulina I have tried from India in the paste did not taste as nice as the Hawaiian one. It comes in a foil lined canister, which should be just fine for those people not wanting products in plastic. For 1 lb it is about the same price as the non-organic Nutrex one on review here. If you want ORGANIC spirulina please take a look at the one from NOW Foods.
*** UPDATE 11/11/2011 *** : I have since purchased the Now Foods Spirulina Powder, 4-Pounds for the first time. I have spoken with NOW Foods and this product comes from Cyanotech in Hawaii (meaning it is the same spirulina as this Nutrex one). If you don’t mind that it is in plastic, it is a very good price at around $70 (about $17.50 a LB). Obviously it tastes identical to the Nutrex product I have reviewed here. So, take your pick. I will now (no pun intended) be buying the NOW Foods 4LB product as I go through a lot of spirulina and it’s about $10 / lb cheaper.
*** UPDATE 12/Mar/2012 *** : I have received various commuincations 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:
> “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 that there spirulina is / has:
> “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 ask.
They 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.
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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.
*** UPDATE 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-
13 1, 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. “”
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. So this includes the bulk spirulina from NOW FOODS which is the one I currently buy, due to the better price. Currently is it $80 with free Prime shipping – (I’ve reached my review link limit. Link provided further up in the in an earlier update). I buy it from Lucky Vitamin for about $70.
For those 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.
International lecturer, Yoga teacher, and award-winning author of Peace, Power, and Presence: A guide to Self Empowerment, Inner Peace, and Spiritual Enlightenment
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 superfoods can seem pricey for some)
68 of 71 people found the following review helpful.
Best Superfood in the World. Best Spirulina Brand.
I am a self-confessed Spirulina junkie. I absolutely love the taste of a good quality spirulina. Nearly every day I’ll have 2 tablespoons of spirulina powder – sometimes blended with fresh organic greens, sprouts, and freshly ground organic flax seeds or chia seeds. Other times I just mix the spirulina with water and guzzle it down.
For over 10 years I’ve been an organic health food nut. I’ve tried dozens of specialized diets, different herbal detox cleanses, juice fasts, fruit fasts, water fasts, etc etc. I’ve tried over a hundred different research-backed supplements. After all my years of experimentation, my cabinet has gotten smaller and smaller. The cleaner my body got, the more my body disliked any processed supplements or fancy dieting practices. Throughout all this time, my body has always loved spirulina. Nothing feels quite like it.
My most memorable experience was when I broke a 20-day water fast. For the first 2 days I tried freshly juiced organic fruits. The sugar was way too intense and it didn’t feel right for my body. Then I tried a spirulina & water drink. It was amazing! The blood in my body literally vibrated and tingled! I had never experienced my blood tingling before – it was awesome! And my energy levels soared within minutes. I could feel the spirulina nourish my blood while also cleanse it.
I’ve tried a small handful of spirulina brands in recent years. I rank two brands above the rest. Nutrex Hawaii Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica Powder, 5-pound Bag and Health Force Spirulina Azteca – 500 g – Powder. Both companies provide the purest, deepest green, smoothest tasting spirulina on the market. Nutrex sources their spirulina in Hawaii. Health Force does not disclose their location, unfortunately.
I recommend the powder over the pills/tablets. It’s easier to drink a tablespoon (or two) of powder than swallow 30+ tablets. Plus the tablets and pills use additives to keep the pills/tablets intact. I love the taste of spirulina and digestion starts in the mouth, so it’s important to chew your drinks to get the saliva mixed.
Be cautious, much of today’s spirulina is grown in China – because it is cheaper and quality control standards do not exist. I’ve read reports of the spirulina being yellow-green or bitter tasting. Personally, I avoid eating food from China and try to serve our country’s economy whenever possible.
To learn more about the amazing properties of Spirulina, read the books Earth Food Spirulina: How This Remarkable Blue-Green Algae Can Transform Your Health and Our Planet and The Secrets of Spirulina. There is no other food quite like Spirulina. I’ve tried chlorella, home-grown wheatgrass juice, blue-green algae from Lake Klamath, alfalfa sprouts and powder, and others. Some my body doesn’t like, others it likes but not as much as spirulina. All of these are healthy and will help anyone lacking a good diet.
If you love Spirulina, buy in quantity. You’ll help the environment will less packaging and shipping pollution, plus you’ll save some money. If you are new to Spirulina, try a small bottle of powder. Give it a few days, you may end up loving the taste like I do.
Also be aware, powerful foods like spirulina can cause cleansing detox reactions. This is a good thing. You want to get rid of the toxins stored in your body. But it may be an uncomfortable process. If you are new to pure eating and detoxification, study up. Most doctors or common folk don’t have the faintest knowledge about detoxification or eating a pure diet. These books will help: The Miracle of Fasting, 51th Edition: Proven Throughout History for Physical, Mental, & Spiritual Rejuvenation, Dr. Jensen’s Guide to Diet and Detoxification : Healthy Secrets from Around the World, Dr. Jensen’s Guide to Better Bowel Care: A Complete Program for Tissue Cleansing through Bowel Management.
There is nothing more important in this world than good health. Our bodies need to be healthy. Our planet needs to be healthy. Think about it, everything we value is based on a healthy body and mind. I hope that you’ve enjoyed and benefited from my review.
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful.
Best Supplement in the WORLD!!!
By Leslie Dellaria
I was suffering from chronic fatigue untli I found this product! It is the best spirulina on the market! I read about it at http://www.chlorellafactor.com/ This article saved my life!
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