Have you heard of the new superfood that is taking the health world by storm?

The time is now. Spirulina is an algae, or cyanobacteria, that is remarkably high in protein and essential amino acids, as well as B-vitamins, antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and iron. In fact, spirulina is a complete protein source: it contains all of the essential amino acids. Given that this algae is packed with such amazing nutrients, it is only reasonable that the potential health benefits of spirulina are equally impressive. Research indicates that the when taken as a supplement, spirulina can effectively balance blood sugar and improve endurance performance. Spirulina is additionally high in chlorophyll, making it an excellent candidate for removing toxins from the blood and improving immune system function.

Spira was founded in 2016 with the purpose of introducing spirulina not only as a prominent component of a healthy lifestyle, but also as a protein source to combat global food insecurity. The company grows spirulina and sells a nutrient powder, as well as a starter kit that allows you to begin growing spirulina in the comfort of your own home! The kit provides information on how to incorporate the algae into your daily diet and even use it as a cooking ingredient. Clean oxygen is the only byproduct of the process. The potential applications of this spirulina-growing method extend to nutritional access in developing countries, where there is constant need for sustainable protein sources.

Since its inception, Spira has continued to grow and receive support from investors and accelerators alike, including RebelBio and Lighthouse Labs. In 2017, Spira participated in the World Food Programme bootcamp with the purpose of outlining a social impact model designed to improve global nutrition.

Meet the founders

Elliot Roth