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Spirulina is one of hundreds of algae species and is commonly known as blue green algae. It is a rich source of nutrients, containing up to 70% protein and 100 vitamins and minerals. It contains B-complex vitamins, phycocyanin (bluish pigment in algae used to capture light for photosynthesis), chlorophyll (green pigment found in most plants and algae), beta-carotene (orange colored plant pigment and nutrient containing antioxidants converted to Vitamin A by the body when needed), vitamin E, and numerous minerals. In fact, spirulina contains more beta-carotene than carrots. Considered one of nature’s most perfect foods, it has been used since ancient times as a source of nutrients and has been used as an antioxidant, antiviral, antineoplastic, weight loss aid, and lipid-lowering agent.
Spirulina been called a superfood because it contains the most remarkable concentration of nutrients known in any food, plant, grain or herb. It’s the highest protein food- over 60% all digestible vegetable protein. It has the highest concentration of beta carotene, vitamin B-12, iron and trace minerals and the rare essential fatty acid GLA. These make spirulina a great whole food alternative to isolated vitamin and minerals.
Spirulina’s dark color comes from a rainbow of natural pigments. They harvest sunlight at different wavelengths and protect from too much sun. These pigments offer unusual health benefits and help synthesize many enzymes necessary for regulating body metabolism. They are chlorophyll (green), carotenoids (yellow and orange) and phycocyanin (blue), the dominant color.
Beta Carotene is an anti-cancer, antioxidant nutrient. Spirulina is the richest Beta Carotene food, with a full spectrum of ten mixed carotenoids. About half are orange carotenes: alpha, beta and gamma and half are yellow xanthophylls. They work synergistically at different sites in our body to enhance antioxidant protection.
Spirulina is an ideal anti-aging food: concentrated nutrient value, easily digested and loaded with antioxidants. Beta Carotene is good for healthy eyes and vision. As people age, many who don't eat enough, have restricted diets or poor digestion may experience low energy from being undernourished. Spirulina builds healthy lactobacillus, aiding assimilation and elimination and relieving constipation. Older people really notice an energy boost.
Spirulina is known as the dieter’s friend. It is believed to be able to help control cravings and blood sugar levels. This makes it great at assisting weight loss and providing a rich nutritional foundation overall. It has one of the highest protein contents of all natural food. It contains 60 to 70 percent complete protein while meat has only about 25 percent.
Spirulina or sun dried chlorella are also great food supplements. Both make many people feel energized, pepped-up. It is possible to fast on either product and still maintain sufficient energy levels to work. Algae reduces appetite and as a dietary supplement can assist in weight loss. It contains large amounts of highly-assimilable protein due to it’s high chlorophyll content, as well as a large amount of beta carotene. It also assists in detoxification of the lymphatic system.
Phycocyanin is a nutrient only found in blue-green microalgae that benefits the liver, kidneys, brain and immunity.
Chlorophyll helps remove toxins from the bloodstream and oxygenate the blood.
Beta Cxrotene is good for the eyues, skin and boosts immunity.
Zeaxanthin is a powerful carotenoid that benefits the eyes and brain.