What is Spirulina? Spirulina is one of the blue-green algae; its color is due to the presence of both chlorophyll (green) and phycocyanin (blue) pigments in its cellular structure. Spirulina is a simple, one-celled form of algae that grows wild in warm, alkaline fresh bodies of water such as lakes and ponds.
The ability of Spirulina to grow in hot (32 to 45 degrees Celsius and can even survived in temperatures of 60 degrees Celsius) and alkaline environments ensures its hygienic status, as no other organisms can survive to pollute the waters in which this algae grows.
The name “spirulina” is derived from the Latin word for “helix” or “spiral”; denoting the physical configuration of the organism when it forms swirling, microscopic strands.
Available forms: capsules, tablets, flakes, and powders.
Dosage: The average intake for adults is 2,000 to 3,000 mg per day.
Nutrient Content of Spirulina: Spirulina has great nutritional value. Between 62% and 71% of the plant is comprised of amino acids, and all are the essential amino acids. Spirulina contains beta carotene and blend of the other carotenoids, as well as chlorophyll and the essential fatty acid GLA.
It’s also said to be the world’s richest source of vitamin B12. One important component is phycocyanin, a phytonutrient that gives spirulina its dark blue-green color (the dominant color in spirulina).
Health Benefits of Spirulina:
- Spirulina has high quality protein, in comparison; beef is only 22 percent protein.
- Spirulina can help satisfy appetite. Taking a heaping teaspoon of powder (about 5 grams), one hour before meal can help satisfy your body’s appetite. It is not an appetite suppressant, and contains no drugs or chemicals that trick the body. It is simply super concentrated, easily digested natural nutrition.
- Spirulina contains a concentrated amount of linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that the body uses to produce anti-inflammatory agents.
- Spirulina is an energy food. Older people really notice an energy boost after taking spirulina for a couple of days.
- Spirulina strengthens the immune system.
- Spirulina supports cardiovascular function and healthy cholesterol.
- Spirulina inhibits the infectious power of many viruses — including HIV, flu, mumps, measles, and herpes.
- Spirulina has been found to have significant positive effects on people suffering from type 2 diabetes.
- Spirulina has long been established to have cancer fighting ingredients.
- Spirulina helps clean and eliminate waste products from your liver, kidneys and blood. When the liver and kidneys are working more smoothly, everything else in the body works better, too.
- Spirulina has been shown to increase the presence of beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidus because spirulina is a food for these friendly bacteria.
- Spirulina has been shown in animal studies to stimulate production of stem cells by the bone marrow. Stem cells are immature cells, which later mature into red and white blood cells.
- Spirulina is beneficial for healthy eyes and vision because it is rich in betacarotene.
- Spirulina’s chlorophyll content can help soothe inflammation and normalize the secretion of digestive acids – this can help prevent constipation.
- Spirulina can help in treating those people who were exposed to radiation.
Spirulina Dosage: Scientific evidence suggests 2-5 grams a day bring significant health benefits. This is a teaspoon of powder or 6 to 20 tablets. Take it every day for best results.
“This post was originally published on January 10, 2012 @ 04:35”