Spirulina – Blue-Green Source of Life Energy
Spirulina is a blue-green freshwater algae that grows in rich a minerals alkaline lakes and ponds all over the world.
What is Spirulina?
This small, spiral algae is more than 3.6 billion years old, and it is considered as one of the oldest inhabitants of the Earth. The alge was named Spirulina because of the spiral shape resemble. The people of Africa, North America and Asia are using Spirulina for thousands of years. Old Aztecs also consumed Spirulina in a form of dried cookies. Spirulina is full of protein, minerals and other nutrients, and some of the scientists claims that it could solve the problem of world hunger by providing people with all the necessary ingredients. The two most popular types of spirulina for human consumption are Spirulina maxima and Spirulina platensis.
The abundance of valuable ingredients spirulina is a rich source of nutrients. It contains 60 percent proteins, 18 amino acids and vitamins A, C, E, D and B. Because of the significant amounts of vitamin B12 it helps in the healthy nervous tissue development as well as the metabolism of every cell in the body. From the minerals Spirulina containing potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, sodium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. A daily dose of Spirulina contains more iron than two cups of spinach. It is also rich in chlorophyll, which contributes to better blood count, balances the PH and helps flush toxins from the body.
The healing properties of Spirulina
It is known that Spirulina is a rich source of beta-carotene (it contains ten times more than carrots). Research shows that beta-carotene is the most effective nutrient in fight with a free radicals that damage cells, speed up ageing and increase the risk of cancer. In addition to beta-carotene Spirulina contains zeaxanthin – a powerful antioxidant that is 8 times more stronger than beta-carotene. Zeaxanthin has protective effect on the nervous system, brain and eyes. Spirulina is very effective against heavy metal poisoning, because it acts like a natural chelate. Spirulina absorbs heavy metals, and then removes them from the body.
It is useful with overweight too because it restrain the hunger and reduce the cholesterol. Spirulina also protects the pancreas cells that produce insulin, which stabilizes blood sugar and helps to prevent diabetes. It blocks the production of interleukin-4, which is participating in the development of allergic reactions.
Studies have shown Spirulina amazing power in controlling inflammation in the body, which is important for the prevention and treatment of arthritis, and many other inflammatory diseases as well as the protective role from harmful radiation. Because of it’s detoxifying properties Spirulina was used in the Soviet Union after the Chernobyl disaster. It is also known that Spirulina increase energy, relieve stress, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Spirulina reduces appetite and metabolism, making it an ideal food for weight loss. This algae is rich in protein and also contains more protein than meat! Therefore, it is an excellent food supplement for vegetarians and vegans.
The healing properties of Spirulina:
– combat allergies and inflammation
– feed the body essential nutrients
-reduces the risk of cancer and premature aging
– increases energy levels
– lowering high blood pressure
– helps with diabetes
– protects against arthritis and rheumatism
– speeds up the metabolism
– improves blood count
– removes cellulite and promotes weight loss
– protect against radiation
– helps with PMS
– improves concentration and memory
– cleanses the body of toxins and heavy metals
The fruit of a clean environment
The number of high-quality ingredients that Spirulina holds are created through the natural photosynthesis under the hot sun subtropical climate in Africa, Asia, Hawaii and away from industry and polluted environment. Production of Spirulina algae farms recorded a huge increase, as demand for this highly nutritious food increased worldwide. After harvesting, Spirulina is converted into a thick paste, which is then dried and converted into powder or flakes. Spirulina can be found in the form of tablets, capsules, powders and flakes. The standard daily dose is 500 mg Spirulina, but it needs to be increased to 3 grams per day. It is interesting that Spirulina can be consumed by animals (dosage going to increase weight). It can also be used by pregnant women s, nursing mothers and children.