What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is blue – green algae, which, as many other non-pharmaceutical means, nowadays seems to be a very promising alternative option in the treatment of multiple health disorders.

Scientific name for what we commonly call Spirulina is Arthrospira platensis. It belongs to the family of several species of microalgae such as blue-green aphanizomenon (the closest “relative” of Spirulina) and green algae chlorella and dunaliella. These microscopic dark-green algae have the shape of spiral coils. Their color is explained by a combination of several natural pigments found in Spirulina: chlorophyll (green), carotenoids (yellow and orange) and phycocyanin (blue).

.The given alga is one of the oldest life forms on Earth, which billions of years ago produced the oxygen in our atmosphere so that other life forms could appear. Amazingly, Spirulina has remained till our days, and is still believed to be one of the superfoods containing multiple nutrients, beneficial for human health.

Aborigines of Africa and America consumed Spirulina for centuries and made sure of its safety and positive influence on the human body. However, scientific research of these algae started only 30 years ago. Multiple studies were done to define Spirulina’s constituents and prove their benefits for human health (by the way, chlorella is also edible, but it contains less useful ingredients).

Although all the kinds of microalgae grow wildly everywhere, both edible species are cultivated at the especially designed algae farms to provide their purity and avoid contamination with toxic elements (unfortunately, the majority of the natural Earth’s resources are polluted). One of such places, where Spirulina is cultivated using ecological farming methods is Earthrise Farms, founded by Robert Henrikson, who devoted about 30 years of his life to investigating and growing Spirulina for food. Nowadays it is available in about 70 countries.

A great advantage of these algae is that they can be cultivated all over the globe in different climatic conditions on the most non-fertile lands, preferring, though, the hottest and the sunniest places, while these will allow Spirulina get the biggest bunch of phytonutrients so valuable and highly praised by the modern society seeking for the best and the most revolutionary dietary and medicinal options.

Robert Henrikson, being the author of the book about Spirulina, and many other scientists confirm that the algae show promises in:

– strengthening the immune system, making the body produce more red and white blood cells, as well as the cells, which kill viruses and germs, – increasing antioxidant protection, since this superfood helps fight free radicals responsible for body aging process; – lowering cholesterol levels, promoting weight loss (it is said to satisfy the appetite better than any other food) and thus supporting cardiovascular function; – improving gastrointestinal and digestive health, while creating beneficial flora in these systems; – promoting body’s natural cleansing and detoxification.

Therefore, Spirulina can reduce the risk of all kinds of cancers and help fight multiple viruses (herpes types 1 and 2, influenza, mumps, measles and even AIDS). It is also viewed as a possible treatment of anxiety disorders, diabetes and allergies, as well as a source of vitality, life energy, better health and stronger body.

ggabe2013-01-14 01:52:35
Dayle928 there is really no follow up studies on drugs that are normally prescribed by doctors in accordance to other medications so im sure a NATURAL ALGAE wont hurt anyone. thank you for your pessimism.
micirkedi2012-09-19 01:18:14
Is it safe to take spirulina during pregnancy?
AMY2011-07-07 05:40:52
could you pls help me find out benefit of kimchi, bio chaga and Bio Q-10? thank you
Dr. Z kazmi2011-04-04 07:47:56
spirulina is really the world best food supliment. i called him marical & has no side effects.his work is slow but very powerfull and for long time.
jazzherb2011-03-02 12:55:04
There is some concern the Hawaiian spirulina may be contaminated by jet fuel byproducts as the Kona-Hawaii airport (on the west coast of Hawaii) has flight paths over the facility. This was expressed by Steve Blake, ND < naturalhealthwizards(dot)com >
here on Maui. At a recent lecture (Feb 2011) he said he had questioned them as to whether they have done an analysis for such pollutants and received no reply.
col-col2010-11-18 00:42:05
Is spirulina safe for breastfeeding?
JJ2009-03-22 19:35:07
Dayle928, Seriously isn’t this world filled with enough warnings, safety measures, and down right paranoia to be scaring someone right off this page? I don’t believe it is this sites job to write paragraphs on warning about the dangers of natural medicines. This site does a great job of expanding our knowledge on what else is out there, and to reintroduce natural life giving remedies God put on this planet for medicinal purposes. You remind me of my mother, whom I love more than anyone on this planet, but who is so paranoid due to the ever growing scare tactics that are constantly be spread around this world.
Li Mei2008-09-19 17:33:39
i have a problem with constipation before. After taking coffee with spirulina(better cafè) for a week, my bowel movement is regulated
cgordon6022007-05-14 13:15:27
Is Chinese Spirulina better than Hawaian, Australian Spirulina? I’m worried about Chinese environmental problems with polluted water and air.
cheshire2007-03-08 08:56:29
Spirulina is a food, not a drug. There is new evidence to suggest that „Amino Acid Therapy” is a safer and more effective treatment for ADHD and other psychological disorders. And since Spirulina contains almost all the amino acids the human body needs, it seems a perfect alternative to drugs. I myself consume it daily with Chinese Chlorella and my ADHD and Narcolepsy have improved dramatically . I have tons more energy and focus. I hope this helps someone else to discover the wonderful healthe effects of this wonderful „superfood”. 🙂
mze2006-12-31 16:31:38
I have had trouble with my digestion system for years. I tried for the first time spirulina and in lest than 3 days I have been able to rid myself of bad breath. I have yet to see any other results, but I am quite sure that my body will learn to love this all natural drug.
corbin2006-11-30 18:46:17
i am grateful for this kind of information in an easy to read and understand format. Keep up this service and continue to be a leader in your field of endeavour.
Dayle9282006-07-06 20:27:15
There was no mention of allergies in this article. Isn’t it possible that some people could have allergic reactions to spirulina? Isn’t it also true that the statements about what this algae „can do” do not make it safe enought for some people with severe diseases to take a chance on trying an unproven remedy. What about interaction with other drugs that may already be taken?