Spirulina is a potent, nutrient dense super food that is derived from a single celled blue green alga grown in temperate waters around the world.
Spirulina is considered a whole food due to its rich source of proteins, vitamins and minerals, healthy fatty acids and other healing phytonutrients, such as numerous active plant pigments.
Spirulina contains around 60-70% protein1 by weight, which is higher than any other natural food including any animal protein sources. It is also known to have all essential amino acids plus 10-12 non-essential amino acids and the nucleic acids RNA and DNA2. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, which are essential for continual cell building, and regeneration, as well as energy production, immune function and detoxification. The body cannot synthesise essential amino acids, therefore it is necessary for them to be provided through one’s diet.
Spirulina is a great source of iron and betacarotene and contains numerous vitamins and minerals including Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Folic acid, Sodium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Manganese, Zinc, Copper, Chromium and Selenium1.,2,3. Because these occur naturally, the body absorbsSpirulina very well.
Spirulina is one of the few natural dietary sources of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an omega 6 fatty acid1. Spirulina has a high ratio of plant pigments and phytonutrients including phycocyanin, carotenoids, xanthophylls and chlorophyll3. Phycocyanin is a blue pigment (bilirubin) found only in blue-green algae4.
Chlorophyll is the component of plants that give them their green colour and it is often referred to as ‘green blood’ due to its oxygen carrying potential. In this way, chlorophyll helps to build the blood and is also exceptionally cleansing.
ANTIOXIDANT ANTI-INFLAMMATORY IMMUNE ENHANCING ANTI-ALLERGENIC
Clinical trials have demonstrated that spirulina can reduce muscle fatigue and oxidative stress in high intensity exercise. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory, an anti-allergenic, immune enhancing. These attributes are attributed to phenolic acid,, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin A and betacarotene. Spirulina has also been found to be effective against viruses including herpes, influenza, HIV, and cytomegalovirus.1,4,5,6,9,12,13,14,16,17
ALKALISING LIVER PROTECTIVE METABOLIC EFFECTS
Spirulina may prevent fatty liver development and halt the progression of chronic liver conditions such as hepatitis from progressing into cirrhosis. It has also been found to lower cholesterol, by reducing levels of Low Density Lipoproteins, while also reducing high blood pressure.2,5,18,21
Spirulina grows in alkaline waters and due to its high mineral and chlorophyll content, is considered alkalizing, cleansing and detoxifying. This makes it suitable for removal of heavy metals and other toxins that contribute to auto-immune diseases, allergies, inflammatory bowel disorders and digestive issues.
As a nutritional supplement try mixing 1 teaspoon of Spirulina powder into pineapple juice or another juice of your choice, building up to four times daily.
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