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Spirulina in Food: its Ingredients and Health Benefits.

Spirulina is an ancient survivor, known to be the first phytosynthetic life form, which used to produce oxygen millions of years ago. Therefore, it is possible to claim that we owe our lives to this microscopic fresh water alga.

Africans, Mexicans and other nations have been using Spirulina for food for centuries. We got acquainted with it only in 1962. Since then many true stories, as well as legends and rumors have been spread around the world. Scientists, trying to prove or refute all the said about Spirulina, have been conducting trials and testing of these blue-green algae for about 30 years. The result is obvious: nowadays we know almost everything about Spirulina.

The most important scientific conclusion is that it can really be safely used for food, if it is not contaminated with toxins. Many scientists also confirm that Spirulina can be consumed continuously for a very long time providing many health benefits. The only requirement is that the product must be of high quality, which is, actually, the problem of the manufacturers. The task of the consumers is to make the right choice of the product and producer on the growing market, since many firms either sell Spirulina pills, capsules, flakes, and powders of poor quality or use Spirulina labels for products, which, actually, have nothing to do with this superfood.

Nutritionists usually recommend taking Spirulina as a food supplement during meals. They also suggest many recipes of fruit and vegetable juices, dips, and chippies made with Spirulina powder. The daily dose may vary from 250 mg to 5 g.

Although there exist some claims that pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as children can and even should consume the algae, there is no scientific confirmation of these claims, since studies and trials in such people were not conducted.

Still, what is, actually, all the hustle and bustle about? What makes Spirulina so attractive to so many people? Here is the list of the algae constituents.

Phytonutrients (phycocyanin, polysaccharides, glycolipids and sulfolipids) are supposed to be the next revolutionary level of dietary elements to enhance the immune system, reduce the risks of infections, cancers and auto immune disease.

These elements, as well as natural carotenoids (orange alpha, beta, and gamma and yellow xanthophylls), chlorophyll, multiple minerals (selenium, manganese, zinc, copper, iron and chromium) and vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, etc.) work as antioxidants, helping the body to eliminate all the toxins and cleanse the organism.

Spirulina is also a rich source of amino acids and all the essential fatty acids. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is very important for the body, since its deficiency can lead to cardiovascular diseases and premenstrual stress. GLA also improves the state of the skin.

Recently scientists have discovered one element, unique to Spirulina - Calcium-Spirulan. It is a polymerized sugar molecule, which contains both Sulfur and Calcium. It is believed that this very molecule is a mighty weapon against viruses and infections. It prevents them from attaching and penetrating into the body cells, as well as makes the viruses unable to replicate themselves.

To make a conclusion, Spirulina is effective in producing red and white blood cells (due to phycocyanin), antibodies and cytokines (to protect the body from viruses), in repairing damaged DNA – the result of cancers, in providing healthy vision (due to beta-carotene), in stimulating the production of enzymes, necessary for healthy functioning of the whole body…

Maybe it is not true that Spirulina is a panacea from all the health disorders, but it is certainly a promising means for treating many diseases, which, till this time, had no cure at all: AIDS, herpes, cancers and others.

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Appu krishnamurthy
2011-03-16 17:27:45
One of the spirulina grower and helping children to cunsuming the capsuels
every day and we have surplus quantity to share with others
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