Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Spirulina: Greens Energizer

Spirulina is an edible water-grown algae. Some consider it a complete food. It contains 60-70% protein plus a variety of other nutrients including the essential fatty acids, GLA and linoleic acid, vitamin B12, iron, RNA, DNA and trace minerals. It is such a good source of protein and vitamin B12 that it is recommended for vegetarians or those who cannot tolerate meat. Its high protein levels also helps to stabilize blood sugar if spirulina is taken between meals. The essential fatty acids in spirulina help to regulate high cholesterol. Spirulina also contains a significant amount of chlorophyll, which speeds the release of toxins from the bloodstream. Chlorophyll is useful for increasing the oxygenation of tissues because a molecule of chlorophyll resembles the human hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying) molecule. Finally spirulina contains phycocyanin, a blue-green pigment that has been shown in animal models to increase the survival rate in liver cancer. Natural health practitioners, for a variety of conditions including convalescence, hypoglycemia, high cholesterol, chemical or metal toxicity, cancer, malnutrition and malabsorption recommend spirulina. As a supplement spirulina is found in tablets and powder. Some commercial “green food” smoothies and “energy” drinks may contain spirulina. Green food supplements are combinations of medicinal foods and herbs, and may contain spirulina. Spirulina powder is the most economical and most effective way to take spirulina as it allows you to maximize your dosage. There are no known toxicities, side effects or contraindications to the use of spirulina.

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