Spirulina is a blue green micro algae. Its a cyanobacterium that is spiral like in structure. It thrives in tropical and sub tropical lakes with a nutrient rich and high ph level water supply. Blue green algae has been around long before man and long before any living organism bigger then a cell existed, they are made up of ancient prokaryotic cells that were the first cell of its type to perform photosynthesis which gave earth its first breath of oxygen. This was one of many types of blue green algae that was one of the first things to provide our planet with oxygen over 3 billion years ago. With this new oxygen in the atmosphere, it allowed cells to get 18 ATP molecules from each glucose molecule, before oxygen existed cells could only get 3 ATP molecules from food. This new efficient way of energy utilisation and energy production from food due to increasing amounts of oxygen, sparked a chain reaction of new life as cells then continued to grow and flourish into more complex organisms which eventually led to where we are today.
Why should I take it?
Spirulina is a natural product of the earth we live on. Its a natural source of nutrients and is easily absorbed by the body, its a great supplement to ones diet if one is against taking synthetic supplements made in laboratories like most multi-vitamins.
Spirulina is an excellent way of increasing ones health, energy, mood and well being from the important combination of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, protein and essential fatty acids.
Its a complete protein source, around 60% protein itself, containing 18 amino acids, including the essential 8 amino acids we can’t produce ourselves.
It has 18 vitamins and minerals most of which are essential to the bodies daily functions.
Its low in carbohydrates and high in essential fatty acids (EfA’s). EFA’s are extremely important to the body and health. They are crucial for brain function, immune support and cell repair. As the word essential implies, the body cant produce them so it is essential to obtain them externally and they are essential for the body to function properly. Spirulina is in fact the reason salmon contain omega-3 fatty acids, they eat it and absorb it into their tissues, then we eat them and absorb it from their tissues.
Spirulina is said to contain enough nutrients that you could survive on it and water alone. Its widely accepted as the perfect food. 5-10 grams daily is all that is needed to provide the benefits spirulina can offer.
- increased energy
- increased mood and a sense of well being
- healthier looking skin and hair
- better digestive health
- improved memory
- improved focus
- elimination of poisonous heavy metals
- de-toxification of the liver
- improved immunity and resistance to illness
- increased weight loss (possibly due to the the high amounts of iodine present in it, which is responsible for healthy thyroid out put)
- decreased inflammation within the body which leads to healthier joints
- can be used to treat age related macular degeneration
- can be used to treat diabetes as it improves insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes
- has been used to lower blood pressure
- can be used to treat fatty liver disease by decreasing triglycerides in the liver
- reduces cholesterol
- protects the liver from toxins
- adds protection from neuro degenerative diseases by improving cognition
- useful in the prevention of strokes
- used to nourish malnourished children
- holds value in the treatment of nasal allergies
It only takes a few minutes of reading studies on spirulina in humans and in animals to see its powerful ability to promote numerous benefits to the human body. As always I would recommend you do your own research before taking any new food supplement. But spirulina certainly will have a regular place in my diet from now on.