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Spirulina: Super Food for Life!

Spirulina: Superfood for Life!

Spirulina is single-celled, microscopic blue – green algae that are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is loaded with nutrients, including B complex vitamins, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (GLA – an essential fatty acid) and a myriad of pigments, including beta-carotene and chlorophyll.  Spirulina is considered to be a superfood, meaning that it is a “food considered especially nutritious or otherwise beneficial to health and well-being.” Even though it is a food, it is generally sold as a health supplement and not as a meal item. Spirulina thrives in warm climates and warm alkaline water, and although it is related to the kelp algae, it is not a sea plant.

Spirulina is approximately 67 percent protein –depending on the growing conditions, it can be a few percentage points higher or lower. The proteins in spirulina are “biologically complete,” which means they provide all of the essential amino acids in the proper ratios. Additionally, the amino acids in spirulina are in a form that is easier to digest than other proteins such as meat or soy.

Although the majority of spirulina studies have been done on animals and in test tubes, the results have been promising. In these studies, spirulina has been shown to:

  • Increase the number of anti-bodies and other cells that help to improve immunity and help to ward off disease,
  • Stop the release of histamines, which may help people who suffer from allergies,
  • Promote the growth of healthy intestinal bacterial flora called probiotics, including Lactobacillus acidophilus,
  • Demonstrate activity against herpes, influenza, and HIV.

Human studies while not as abundant as animal or test tube studies, have shown that spirulina can help to reduce blood pressure, lower the concentration of fats in the blood, can inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells and reduce precancerous lesions in people who chewed tobacco.

Spirulina is considered to be one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. While we aren’t able to go out and order a Spirulina Burger in a restaurant, we can still add this superfood to our daily diet. Spirulina supplements are available in the form of powder, capsule, tablet, or liquid extract. There are also multivitamin complexes and energy boosting supplements that contain spirulina, such as Nutrex Hawaiian Spirulina Men’s Multi and Rainbow Light Ultra Energy Plus.

Although the majority of spirulina studies have been done on animals and in test tubes, the results have been promising. In these studies, spirulina has been shown to:

  • Increase the number of anti-bodies and other cells that help to improve immunity and help to ward off disease,
  • Stop the release of histamines, which may help people who suffer from allergies,
  • Promote the growth of healthy intestinal bacterial flora called probiotics, including Lactobacillus acidophilus,
  • Demonstrate activity against herpes, influenza, and HIV.

Human studies while not as abundant as animal or test tube studies, have shown that spirulina can help to reduce blood pressure, lower the concentration of fats in the blood, can inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells and reduce precancerous lesions in people who chewed tobacco.

Spirulina is considered to be one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. While we aren’t able to go out and order a Spirulina Burger in a restaurant, we can still add this super food to our daily diet. Spirulina supplements are available in the form of powder, capsule, tablet, or liquid extract. There are also multivitamin complexes and energy boosting supplements that contain spirulina, such as Nutrex Hawaiian Spirulina Men’s Multi and Rainbow Light Ultra Energy Plus.

 


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