Spirulina: Wonder Food

Spirulina is a power-house among food supplements. It is loaded with anti-oxidants and also easily digested

SpirulinaSpirulina is consumed by health-conscious people all over the world.

If you are moving away from empty processed foods and chemical vitamins to natural foods, start using spirulina, nature’s longest living healthy food.

Spirulina is microscopic blue-green algae whose cells form the shape of a perfect spiral coil. Hence, the name spirulina, which means, little spiral. Spirulina grows naturally in warm and highly alkaline lakes in subtropical areas.

Spirulina provides high concentrations of many nutrients – amino acids, chelated minerals, pigmentations, rhamnose sugars [complex natural plant sugars], trace elements, and enzymes.

In addition, spirulina is one of the few plant sources of vitamin B-12, usually found only in animal tissues. A teaspoon of spirulina supplies two-and-a-half times the Recommended Daily Allowance [RDA] of vitamin B-12. It also contains over twice the amount of this vitamin found in an equivalent serving of liver.

Spirulina helps to control stress, manage obesity, heart disease and arthritis, too.

Nutritional value

So, how nutritious is spirulina? The algae is a highly digestible food, containing 60-70 per cent of protein, and it provides all the essential amino acids, a rarity among plant foods.

There are no side-effects, though some may not like its strong smell. Those with sensitive digestive systems should drink sufficient water so that spirulina does not create stomach upset, or blockages. One tablespoon of spirulina a day can eliminate iron-deficiency anaemia, the most common mineral deficiency.

Spirulina is important for malnourished people whose intestines can no longer absorb nutrients effectively. Clinical studies have shown that it helps rebuild healthy intestinal flora.

The foods we eat are the first line of defence from the negative effects of lifestyle stress, pollution, radiation, and toxic chemicals. Yet, so many processed foods are nutritionally empty. They leave us vulnerable to poor health and low energy.

The good news is many essential nutrients recommended by experts to help protect our bodies are concentrated in spirulina. Because, it contains the most powerful combination of nutrients ever known in any grain, herb, or food.

World’s highest beta-carotene food reduces long-term health risks… Spirulina beta-carotene is 10 times more concentrated than carrots. So, even if you don’t eat the recommended 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day [most people eat only 1-2, including french fries], get your natural beta-carotene insurance from spirulina to support your defences.

60 per cent easy-to-digest vegetable protein without the fat and cholesterol of meat… People are eating less meat and dairy protein because they want to lower fat, cholesterol, and chemicals in their diet. Spirulina is the highest protein food with all the essential amino acids; it also has only a few calories to keep your waistline where you want it.

A rare essential fatty acid is key to health… Gamma-linolenic acid [GLA] in mother’s milk helps develop healthy babies. Studies show nutritional deficiencies can block GLA production in your body, so a good dietary source of GLA can be important. Spirulina is the only other whole food with GLA.

Iron for women and children’s health… Iron is essential to build a strong body, yet is the most common mineral deficiency. Spirulina is rich in iron, magnesium and trace minerals, and is easier to absorb than iron supplements.

High in vitamin B-12 and

B complex… Spirulina is the highest source of B-12, essential for healthy nerves and tissue, especially for vegetarians.

Great phytonutrients for health and cleansing… Scientists are discovering the benefits of polysaccharides, sulpholipids, and glycolipids, and a rainbow of natural pigments that give spirulina its deep green colour. Green [chlorophyll], blue [phycocyanin], and orange [carotenoids] colours collect the sun’s energy and power growth. Chlorophyll is a natural cleanser. It is often referred to as nature’s green magic.

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Ashwini Ranade
Ashwini Ranade, who holds a master's degree in biochemistry, is a zealous writer, dabbling in a host of subject - including health and nutrition.


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