Description: Spirulina is called a superfood because its nutrients are more concentrated than other foods, plants, grains or herbs. Spirulina is a microscopic blue-green algae. It is a vegetable plankton whose cells form the shape of a coiled spring (thus the name ‘spirulina,’ which means "little spiral").
Spirulina’s total function is to produce protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, amino acids, protective pigments, and many other vital nutrients so important in human health. In addition to its amazing ability to support human nutrition, spirulina has the potential to help relieve world hunger and renew the planet's ecosystem. It provides a means of more efficient land utilization for protein production as compared to meat production. Spirulina provides for more efficient water utilization as compared to other agricultural uses and is even more efficient at fixing carbon and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere than trees.
Spirulina is high-octane food for your body. In contrast to the protein in meat, the protein found in spirulina is easily digested. Its benefit as a whole food includes all the essential amino acids, a high level of beta carotene (provitamin A), B vitamins, trace minerals, GLA, chlorophyll and other important micronutrients.
Amid reports of new viruses, drug-resistant bacteria and ineffective antibiotics, scientists are discovering the ability of certain foods to strengthen the immune system and prevent disease. Scientific reports from around the world indicate that spirulina has been living on the planet for 3.6 billion years, may be one of these disease-preventing, anti-cancer foods.
The National Cancer Institute has identified compounds found in blue-green algae like spirulina as remarkably active against the AIDS virus. A Russian patent was awarded to spirulina as a medical food for improving the immunity of the "Children of Chernobyl" suffering from radiation illness. Reports from HIV-positive patients and children with malnutrition show spirulina helps to boost the immune system.
Animal researchers are also realizing the power of spirulina. Through separate studies, scientists in North Carolina, Japan and China have discovered that small amounts of spirulina added to animal feed greatly help animals resist infections. Already widely used for aquaculture fish, shrimp, exotic pet birds and race horses, spirulina will soon be used in feeds for healthier chickens, turkeys and other animals.
As one of the oldest living plants on the planet, spirulina has been a source of food for some cultures for centuries. Spirulina is 60 percent all-vegetable protein, higher than any other food. It contains vitamin B12, iron and the rare essential fatty acid, GLA. Its dark green color comes from phytonutrients such as carotenes, chlorophylls and phycocyanin. Spirulina has been consumed by millions of people of all ages in the US and 40 countries for over 15 years.
Spirulina is sold in tablets, capsules and powder. The dark green powder can be blended into fruit and milk drinks or added to recipes to boost nutritional value. Research suggests six tablets or one teaspoon of powder a day can increase health and energy.
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