WHAT IS SPIRULINA?
Spirulina, originally categorized as a plant algae and reclassified as bacteria, is considered to by many, the most powerful green powder in the world. Yes, it’s easy to forget how awesome it is, given the plethora of trending wellness powders. However, Spirulina is the classic genius that must remain on your raider and a part of your wellness regimen!
Ingesting this nutrient-dense microorganism can optimize bodily functions. In just one tablespoon of Spirulina you can find the following:
- Protein: 4 grams
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 11% of the RDA
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 15% of the RDA
- Vitamin B3 (niacin): 4% of the RDA
- Copper: 21% of the RDA
- Iron: 11% of the RDA
The nutritional density of Spirulina is unlike any other, and it may be the single most nutritious food on the planet.
Spirulina or cyanobacteria also described as a blue- green algae, has been used as food for centuries by different populations to aid in malnutrition and to fortify its population.
Phycocyanin, the substance in spirulina that makes it a powerful antioxidant, and is responsible for the bacteria’s signature blue-green color.
Spirulina grows naturally in the alkaline waters of lakes in warm regions. Measuring about 0.1mm across, it generally takes the form of tiny green filaments coiled in spirals of varying tightness and number, depending on the strain.
WHY IS SPIRULINA IS SO IMPRESSIVE?
The impressiveness of Spirulina is due to its nutritional density. Spirulina is considered a nutritional supplement because it’s rich in high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals and many biologically active substances. Its cell wall consists of polysaccharide which has a digestibility of 86 percent and could be easily absorbed by the human body.
Being a powerhouse of nutrients including vitamins B1, 2, and 3, iron, magnesium, iron, and potassium: Studies show it really is one of the most nutrient-dense foods there is, qualifying it for full-blown superfood status. But scientific research also says that not all spirulina has the same amount of benefits; some spirulina sources are better than others.
There are a number of spirulina species, but three are the most studied as nutritional supplements and possible therapeutic remedies: Spirulina platensis (Arthrospira platensis), Spirulina maxima (Arthrospira maxima), and Spirulina fusiformis (Arthrospira fusiformis).
MAKES YOUR BODY ALKALINE
Cancer can not thrive in an alkaline environment. Regular use of Spirulina can help keep your body reduce this risk of acidity. Today’s diet on the average, These cause our body to become more acidic (pH< 7). The ideal healthy human body’s pH level should remain on low alkaline about pH 7.35~7.45.
If pollen and other environmental factors are giving you trouble, Spirulina can fight them off! The recommended dosage: two grams a day to keep your allergies in check.
Assisting the body in flushing out toxins, including heavy metals: Spirulina is such a powerful detoxifier that it’s sometimes used as a natural water filter! It keeps out lead, mercury, and other harmful toxins. The proteins and peptides in Spirulina bind toxins and excrete them out of the body.
IMPROVES HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Spirulina increases blood circulation. Just 4.5 grams of Spirulina daily helps lower blood pressure. This is because Spirulina aids the body in the productivity of Nitric oxide. Nitro oxide is actually a gas that expands blood vessels. That way, blood flows more easily and the heart doesn’t have to work as hard.
Twenty calories per tablespoon. It also contains an amino acid called l-phenylalanine, which has been linked to suppressing appetite.
Studies show that taking it on a regular basis can increase athletic endurance. Why? Simply put, proper blood flow boosts endurance and keeps the heart from working so hard when engaged in athletic activity.
BOOST IMMUNE SYSTEM
Spirulina contains a compound called phycocyanin, an antioxidant that acts as a fortress, protecting your body’s cells against invaders that seek out cell damage.
Spirulina is protein dense and therefore fuels muscle. It actually rids the body of metabolic waste. Metabolic waste in the body can have a flabby effect on the body’s exterior and the expulsion of this waste, tighten and tones the body.
Studies claim that Spirulina has an immune-stimulating effects and to be beneficial in a wide range of diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, viral infections, and cancer.
Effects on the immune system have been observed in pre-clinical studies and small trials in healthy volunteers and possible protective effects against chemotherapy toxicity have been reported in animal models.
One small clinical trial in leukoplakia reported better response (improvement of lesions) to a year’s treatment with spirulina than to placebo.
Spirulina boosting effect Spirulina on the immune system have linked to fighting off cancerous cells, more specifically oral cancer cells. In one study, people who took spirulina every day had 45 percent fewer lesions the following year than those who didn’t.
Spirulina can help balance vaginal bacteria. Just like how spirulina is a magnet for toxins like heavy metals, it also attracts candida cells and can flush them out of the body. Spirulina has a similar effect on the gut. bringing balance.PROTEIN
The protein content in Spirulina is between 50-70% of its dry weight. In comparison to other plant-based protein like soy, which is only 35% protein. Spirulina is a complete protein. In other words, it has ALL Essential amino acids. Amino acids are essential components of peptides and proteins. Twenty important amino acids are crucial for life as they contain peptides and proteins and are known to be the building blocks for all living things on earth. Simply put, spirulina is a nutrient powerhouse!
THE HISTORY OF SPIRULINA
Naturally growing spirulina can be found in high alkaline lakes and in general. The Mexicans were the first to discover its wonderful health properties and in the 16th Century the Aztecs around Lake Texcoco were known to feature it on their dinner tables. In the 1940’s a French phycologist discovered spirulina to be growing in Africa; Lake Chad and the lakes of the Rift Valley in Eastern Africa were the main
areas where spirulina thrived.
In 1967 spirulina was established as a “wonderful future food source” in the International Association of Applied Microbiology.
The Kenembus tribe of Chad harvest the algae from the lake and dry it in the sun in a cake shape form, which is locally
called “dihe”. This is sold to the markets and has become a staple diet for some of the communities living around Lake
Chad. In a study on the correlation between poverty and malnutrition 10 countries were taken as examples. Of those
10 countries 9 were found to have a direct link between poverty and malnutrition – Chad was the only country that
was poor but had no malnutrition.
It is important to note, in countries where no regulation exists on this type of products like Spirulina, the risks are real. Although there has been no conclusive evidence on the presence or absence of microcystins in spirulina, only products from Arthrospira platensis have so far been cleared for human consumption (United States of America, Australia, Canada and probably EC),
Spirulina, a blue-green nutrient dense bacteria is often referred to as algae. The research on Spirulina is dense, and the plethora of benefits are worth adding this super-food into your diet. I personally love its signature ability: detoxing heavy metals! This is big! Even stubborn aliments like candida are no match for the power of this powder. Its ability to fight cancer or optimize your over health makes this microorganism a rich and dynamic health and wellness addition!