Spirulina - The Most Complete Food in the World
by Adrian Broadby
all of the B vitamins, including Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, a range of minerals,
including trace minerals, beta-carotene, chlorophyll, and the omega 3 fatty acids, and
a range of other nutrients, and is a very digestible food. Blue-green algae are so
named because of the blue colour of the pigment, phycocyanin, and the green colour
of chlorophyll. The intensity of these pigments hides the fact that other pigments in
the form of carotenoids are present. These are red, orange and yellow and are said
to be responsible for the fact that flamingos in East Africa are pink in colour, because
they feed off naturally growing spirulina in lakes in Kenya. The main pigment of these
carotenoids is beta-carotene, the ingestion of which enables people to produce
vitamin A as the body requires.
Spirulina has been used by some people as an aid to weight loss. It has been found
that many people experience a reduction in appetite if they take a few grams of
spirulina thirty to sixty minutes before a meal. This probably stands to reason
because of the highly nutritious nature of the food and the fact that the body realises
that it does not require such an immediate intake of nutrients after all.
An unusual feature of blue-green algae is the fact that their cell walls are digestible,
which enables the nutrients to be spread throughout the organism, as opposed to
other plants which usually have their nutrients confined within a membrane making
digestion more difficult. Anyone who is sick and living on a restricted diet can benefit
from the consumption of spirulina, because they will be consuming a wide range of
nutrients which they may otherwise not be receiving. Large quantities are not
required to receive such benefits because of the fact that spirulina is so nutrient rich.
Spirulina is also a useful aid to detoxification.
Spirulina is an excellent supplement for pregnant and lactating mothers, providing
them with extra iron and protein without imposing fat and carbohydrates. Children
who are fussy eaters would greatly benefit from it as well, and it is said that
hyperactive children benefit from a calming effect. As a plant source of vitamin B12,
spirulina is an excellent food for vegetarians, who also benefit from the quality protein
available, which they would not be getting in the form of animal products. Blue-green
algae, if taken before exercise, give an energy boost because of the concentration of
protein and other nutrients.
Japanese experiments have shown that the use of blue-green algae has significant
benefits for those suffering from anaemia, possibly because of the conversion of
chlorophyll into haemoglobin. Chorophyll is an excellent purifier of the blood and is
absorbed directly through the cell membranes of the mouth, throat, stomach and
intestines. Blue-green algae contain thousands of enzymes which in concert with
co-enzymes and vitamins and minerals enable the body to perform the functions
that are required to survive.
Blue-green algae have the potential to alleviate much of the world's problem of
starvation. When you consider the fact that soy beans produce, acre for acre, ten
times the amount of protein that beef cattle do, and that blue-green algae produce
twenty times as much protein, acre for acre, as soy beans do, then you are drawn
to the inescapable conclusion that blue-green algae offer tremendous opportunities
for overcoming food shortages in third world countries.
In conclusion, the opportunities offered by the utilization of blue-green algae both in
terms of our individual health, and in terms of the overall health of emerging nations,
can no longer be ignored.
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Spirulina is microscopic micro algae
which grows in fresh water. They
have existed for billions of years and
are arguably nature's most nutritious
and complete food. They are believed
to contain the whole range of
nutrients which are required by
people for the maintenance of health.
Spirulina contains twelve times the
amount of digestible protein as beef,
with a much better balance of
minerals than beef. There have been
reports of people living off nothing
Spirulina contains complete protein,
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