Spirulina

Spirulina

Spirulina Algae

Spirulina Benefits

Spirulina has all the health benefits of any nutritious whole food. It is packed with protein, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals.

It’s often taken be people who lack a good source of protein in their diets, such as vegetarians. It’s even been said to ward off several types of cancer, especially mouth cancer.

Rather than take synthetic multi-vitamins, many people take Spirulina tablets. The nutrients in this healthy blue-green algae are more easily assimilated than the rock-hard combination of man-made vitamins and minerals compressed into vitamin tablets. Plus Spirulina’s nutritional profile is perfectly balanced by nature.

Spirulina is being called that “food of the future”, as it’s such a concentrated form of nutrition. It contains so many things that are beneficial to your health. Things like helpful fatty acids, phytonutrients, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals and protein.

NASA has even been studying Spirulina as a food for it’s astronauts. When traveling into space, weight is an important consideration. Spirulina has more nutritional value than most other foods by weight. In fact, 1 pound of Spirulina contains the same amount of nutrients that are found in 1,000 pounds of assorted vegetables!

With so many people starving in the world today this healthy, fast replicating algae might just be what the world needs to solve it’s problem of food shortages. Spirulina can be produced quickly in man-mad pools wherever the weather is favorable.

Besides all the vitamins and minerals in this algae, it also contains important trace minerals. Trace minerals are necessary for health but are needed only in very small amounts.

Another great benefit of blue-green algae is that fact that it’s packed with chlorophyll. This is a very important but often overlooked nutrient. Chlorophyll helps to grow and repair tissue. It is also a very powerful antioxidant that protects the body against free radicals and helps the immune system function work better.

Spirulina is also a great source of phytonutrients. Just one of the many phytonutrients Spirulina contains is called phycocyanin, a super potent antioxidant and immune booster.

Spirulina powder and tablets are becoming very popular with the weight loss crowd. It is a great source of protein and free of sugar and carbs. It is a powerful appetite suppressant and taken over time, will reduce your body weight.

Some studies have shows that this type of algae may help treat anemia for the undernourished. It also has the ability to remove toxins and heavy metals from the body. Spirulina is a great source of GLA (gamma-linoleic acid) which helps reduce high cholesterol and triglyceride levels and is healthy for the cardiovascular system.

Spirulina is helpful in reducing inflammation and may be helpful to people who suffer from arthritis and some allergies.

Spirulina is believed to help treat type two diabetes, as it can lower blood sugar levels.

One little known benefit of taking a Spirulina Supplement is it’s ability to protect and heal the body from radiation. Children of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster were given large amounts of this algae to restore their health after the accident.

So, if you are looking for a great source of natural, healthy nutrients, you may want to give Spirulina a try.

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Spirulina Uses

  • Aid digestion
  • Reduce bad breath and body odor
  • Provide the body with Antioxidants
  • Boost immune system functioning
  • Help prevent cancer
  • Prevent the common cold
  • Provide the body with protein
  • Enhance the growth of L. acidophilus and other probiotics
  • Purify and protect the liver against damage
  • Weight loss
  • Remove heavy metals such as lead and mercury
  • Remove toxins from the body
  • Increase mental alertness
  • Lower blood cholesterol
  • Remove triglycerides
  • Fight viral infection
  • Treat radiation sickness
  • Generate new blood cells
  • Improve blood sugar related problems
  • Strengthen the nervous system
  • Improve the speed of wound healing
  • Remove lead and mercury from the body



Scientific name

Arthrospira platensis

Common names

Blue-green algae, Spirulina maxima, Spirulina fusiformis, Spirulina platensis

Where It Grows

This plant is native to the United States, India, Japan and China

Which Part Of The Plant Is Used

The whole plant

Spirulina Powder

Spirulina Powder

How It Works

Spirulina is a great source of (GLA) gamma-linolenic acid and (ALA) alpha-linolenic acid, and contains many vitamins, minerals enzymes and trace minerals. It contains carotenoids (antioxidant), phytonutrients and chlorophyll among other healthy nutrients. Spirulina is a whole food that has many wonderful health benefits.

How It’s Used

Spirulina must be dried to be used. It can be mixed into juice or water. It can be put into capsules or pressed into tablets.

Precautions and Side Effects:

Spirulina should NOT BE taken by people with Phenylketonuria. Pregnant and nursing women should always ask their doctor before taking any health supplement. Since spirulina is a whole food, it is considered safe to consume. It has been taken successfully by millions of people for hundreds of years.

Description and History of Spirulina

Spirulina is a one celled, simple algae. It grows in alkaline, warm fresh water lakes and ponds. It’s name is taken from the Latin word for “spiral” as it is spiral in form as can be seen under a microscope. Spirulina is said by many to be the “food of the future” as it is around 65 to 70 percent easily digestible protein, with all of the essential amino acids in a perfect balance.

It is an extremely clean and sterile food. Spirulina was a major food source, harvested by the Mesoamericans and Aztecs from Lake Texcoco. It is used extensively in Japan by millions of people.

Editor’s Comments

Spirulina is one of my favorite supplements. I take it instead of synthetic multi-vitamins. It’s packed with nutrition. It’s a whole food, so I don’t worry about taking too much. I usually take six tablets in the morning for some quick high quality protein, vitamins and minerals. It’s a great breath freshener too, as it contains a lot of chlorophyll. Just take a few tablets with a meal. It will also help reduce body order.

I highly recommend Perfect Spirulina. It’s one of the purest forms of Spirulina available.

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References


Medline Plus – Report on Spirulina
bitsofscience.org – Spirulina Information

 

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