Proper nutrition can help prevent disease and promote health. No one fruit, vegetable or meat can provide everything the human body demands, but the Spirulina comes so close to the ideal.
Packed with over 100 essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, Spirulina is often described as the most complete food in the world.
In fact, when compared to other foods, gram for gram, Spirulina wins hands down. This means you do not need to eat as much of it to get the benefits.
More beta-carotene than carrots!
More iron than spinach
More calcium than whole milk
More protein than tofu
More protein than meat
Just 3 grams of fresh Spirulina has more antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity than five servings of vegetables. This is not surprising given that spirulina is loaded with potent phytonutrients. Again, a comparison:
In terms of bioactive phytonutrients fresh Spirulina is:
31 times more potent than blueberries,
60 times more potent than spinach,
700 times more potent than apples!
Spirulina is natures perfect dietary supplement
Spirulina is Packed with essential Vitamins including:
B-1(thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3(nicotinamide), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin E, Biotin, Panthothenic acid and Inositol.
The jury is out about B12. While spirulina certainly contains high concentrations of B12 some research shows that the specific form common to some commercial spirulina strains is not bioactive.
Some substances in plant foods are not true vitamins, but provide the precursors from which the body can then synthesize the appropriate vitamins. The carotenoid compounds of Spirulina are of used to produce vitamin A.
True vitamin A is found in the pre-formed state only in animal sources, such as liver. This is the form of vitamin A sometimes associated with toxicity and overdose, since it is fat-soluble and is not readily excreted from the body.
In contrast, the carotenoid complexes found in vegetable foods are converted to vitamin A only as it is needed, thus minimizing the dangers of toxicity. Spirulina are a primary source of vitamin A precursors – it is from algae carotenoids that fish derive and concentrate vitamin A.
Spirulina contains carotenoids in these forms:
A rich source of minerals vital to our health.
The body requires many trace minerals which, if not present in the diet, can seriously effect our health and metabolism.
Spirulina thrives in mineral rich alkaline waters, and thus it incorporates and synthesizes many minerals and derivative compounds into its cell structures where they are chelated into orgnic forms and are therefore more easily assimilated by the body.
Key minerals include:
Potassium – A crucial mineral that regulates body electrolyte balance. Deficiency can cause heart arrest, hypertension, adrenal exhaustion and muscular collapse.
Calcium– The most abundant mineral in the body, it is especially important to bone and dental health, but is also involved in neural transmissions to the muscles. Spirulina supplies about as much calcium, gram for gram, as milk.
Copper: works with iron to help the body form red blood cells. It also helps keep the blood vessels, nerves, immune system, and bones healthy. Copper also aids in iron absorption.
Zinc : The pivot point of over thirty vital enzymatic reactions, with profound effects on mental health, skin tone, prostate function and healing capacity.
Magnesium : Deficiency can lead to spasmodic muscle disorders, including cardiac irregularities. Helps assimilation of vitamin C, B vitamins and protein.
Manganese : Activates enzyme systems, along with zinc. Promotes activity of neurotransmitter acetylcholine, and helps stabilize blood sugar.
Selenium : Originally believed to be a toxic heavy metal, but now known to be necessary for health. It retards aging, harmful oxidation and free radical formation, reduces the toxic effect of carcinogens, and improves cardiac efficiency.
Iron : Promotes formation of hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying blood pigment found in healthy red blood cells. Iron deficiency is most common among women in their reproductive years.
Phosphorus : The second most abundant mineral in the human body, it is found in practically every cell. Functions with calcium to maintain bone density. Helps to digest carbohydrates and the B vitamins niacin and riboflavin.
Iodine – plays a major role in the body as an essential component of various thyroid hormones. These hormones play a vital role in the regulation of various metabolic processes, particularly those involved in growth and energy expenditure.
Chromium – is an essential mineral that plays a role in how insulin helps the bodyregulate blood sugar levels. Insulin is a hormone your body uses to change sugar, starches, and other food into the energy you need for daily activities.
An amino acids profile just like mother’s milk
Spirulina contain a full suite of amino acids in the same proportions as mother’s milk. They include:
Non-essential amino acids (mg) Alanine, Arginine, Aspartic acid, Cystine, Glutamic acid, Glycine Proline, Serine and Tyrosine
Importantly, fresh Spirulina is dense with the 9 essential amino acids that the body does not naturally synthesize, which is why they are an esssential part of the diet.
While a full suite of amino acids are required to make the protein our body need to function, each essential amino acid play crucial and specific roles in maintaining the body’s functions:
Histidine – biosynthesis of proteins – synthesis of hemoglobin, tissue repair and the strengthening of the immune system.
Isoleucine – required for optimal growth
Leucine – stimulates brain function
Lysine – needed for producing antibodies, enzymes and hormones
Methionine – antioxidant properties
Phenylalanine – required for thyroid function
Threonine – improves intestinal and digestive function
Tryptophana – regulates serotonin
Valine – stimulates mental and physical capacity
Plants contain a suite of pigments and powerful bioactive compounds, or phyto nutrients, that are associated with the plants ability to photosynthesize and protect themselves for harmful organisms. These phytonutrients are extremely beneficial to our bodies
The most visible pigment in Spirulina is chlorophyll, a green molecule common to plants
Chlorophyll is sometimes called `green blood” because of its similarity to the hemoglobin molecule found in human blood cells. In fact, both are constructed of almost identical molecular structure
It is believed that if chlorophyll is ingested with sufficient iron, the magnesium can be displaced to yield a hemoglobin molecule. Experiments in Japan have demonstrated that Spirulina has a marked positive effect on anemia, possibly due to the conversion of chlorophyll into hemoglobin.
Chlorophyll has other positive benefits to the body. It increases peristaltic action and thus relieves constipation, and also normalizes the secretion of digestive acids. It soothes the inflammation and reduces the excess pepsin secretion associated with gastric ulcers.
During World War 11, the drying action of chlorophyll and its antiseptic qualities made it a common first-aid measure to prevent festering of wounds. In addition, chlorophyll soothes swelling and promotes granulation, the process that regenerates new tissue over injuries.
Chlorophyll appears to promote regeneration of damaged liver cells, and also increases circulation to all the organs by dilating blood vessels.
The pigment which gives Spirulina its blue cast is phycocyanin. Phycocyanin is related to the human pigment bilirubin, which is important to healthy liver function and digestion of amino acids. Research has shown that phycocyanin has anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative and anti-oxidant activity.
Another important pigment is porphyrin, a red compound that forms the active nucleus of haemoglobin. Porphyrin derivatives are an essential part of the respiratory enzymes present in all living cells.
Phycoerythrin, Tetrapyrrole, Phytonadione
These pigments are indicated in functions such detoxification of heavy metals, bolstering the immune system and liver function.
Superoxide dismutase (SOD)
Spirulina also contains SOD which is present both inside and outside cell membranes in the human body. SOD is one of the body’s primary internal anti-oxidant defenses, and plays a critical role in reducing the oxidative stress implicated in atherosclerosis and other life-threatening diseases. Studies have shown that SOD can play a critical role in reducing internal inflammation and lessening pain associated with conditions such as arthritis.
The SOD present in spirulina can boost the bodies SOD levels.