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Spirulina the super food benefits and side effects

Updated on January 19, 2017

Spirulina an introduction

Spirulina a miracle plant that can nourish our body by providing most of the protein we need for our survival. It was being ignored since 1950, but now it has been emerging as the super food of the era.

Spirulina is a simple, one celled organism that springs from warm, fresh water bodies in the form blue-green algae. It has spring like physical characteristic.

Spirulina has been named from the Latin word “Helix” or “Spiral”. The Scientific name of Spirulina is “ARTHROSPIRAL PLATENSIS” and it belongs to cyanobacteria family.


Spirulina

Spirulina is considered super food

Spirulina is considered as the super good because of following reasons:-

  • Because it contains the most remarkable concentration of nutrients known in any food, plant, grain or herb.
  • Its the highest protein food over 60% all digestible vegetable protein.
  • It has the highest concentration of beta carotene, vitamin B-12, iron and trace minerals and the rare essential fatty acid, GLA.
  • It has cleansing chlorophyll which helps detoxify our bodies of ever present pollution.
  • Spirulina reduces serum LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) and raises HDL (High Density Lipoprotein).
  • A useful supplement for cardiovascular health.
  • It suppresses bad bacteria like e-coli and Candida yeast.
  • Spirulina increases antioxidant protection and reduces cancer risks.

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Spirulina the green blood

Spirulina has one of the nature's highest levels (about 1%) Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is known for cleansing and detoxification. It's some time called green blood because it looks like the blood hemoglobin molecule. Blood has iron at its core, giving it a red color, and chlorophyll has magnesium, making it green.

Spirulina the safe algae

Spirulina is unique among blue-green algae because it has a long history of safe use. The Aztecs consumed spirulina in Mexico.Over five centuries ago.

Indigenous people consume spirulina grown in African Lakes today.For the past 20 years, millions of people around the world have enjoyed spirulina, as a safe food supplement.

In fact, the United Nations and the World Health Organization recommend spirulina as safe and nutritious food supplement or children.

Caution-

Some wild blue-green algae may be toxic. Just like mushrooms and plants some kinds of algae are toxic.

Health Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina has several health benefits. 11 major health benefits of them are menstioned below: -

Spirulina is useful supplement for cardiovascular health and for lowering cholestrol. It reduces serum LDL and raises serum HDL.

It improves the heart artery function for lower blood pressure.

The amino acids present in Spirulina inhances cardiovascular health and the gamma linolein helps in lowering the cholestrol.

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Spirulina balance and strengthen our immune system

Even small amounts of spirulina can help balance and stabilize the immune system, freeing up more of our metabolic energy for vitality, healing and assimilation of nutrients.

Scientific research and the experience of thousands of people indicate that Spirulina is an immune regulating food.

Beta carotine present to fight cancer

Free radical molecules damage our body's cells. They are caused by pollution, poor diet, stress and injury. Antioxidant nutrients fight these dhangerous oxidizing free radicals.

The beta carotine present in Spirulina increases antioxidant protection and reduces high risk of cancer researchers have found that just gram a day of spirulina lesions 44% of mouth cancer of male tobaco chewers .

Harvard university has also studied a spirulina extract to reverse oral cancer tumers patients in hamster.

Protect against infection

When people take spirulina they often notice immediate change in regularity and elimination. Research confirms it does promote digestion and bowel function.

Spirulina suppresses bad bacteria like e-coli and Candida yeast and stimulates beneficial flora like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria.

It helps to protect against infection.

Best detoxifier

Spirulina has power to enhance natural cleansing and detoxification.

Reduction of kidney nephro-toxicity

Spirulina reduces kidney nephro-toxicity from heavy metals and drugs

Spirulina reduces cancer risk

Spirulina reduces cancer risk with better antioxidant production.

It enhances the body's cellur communication process and its ability to repair DNA. Scientists have discovered that spirulina enhances the ability to generate new blood cells.

Control sugar

Spirulina has positive effect on diabeties. It boosts immune system and balances insuline to control diabeties.

Reduction of obesity

Spirulina has power to reduce obesity if 9 grams of it is taken a day for 4 weeks.

Controls heart disease and premensural stress

Spirulina contains GLA. The another natural sources of GLA are mother's milk, Oil extracts of evening primrose, blackcurrant and borage seeds.

Spirulina is a potent source, and astonishing 1% by weight. The deficiency of GLA needs to heart disease. Obviously the consumption fulfills the deficiency of GLA.

Controls HIV

The National Cancer Institute found sulfolipids in blue-green algae were 'remarkable active' against the AIDS virus in Vitro.

Spirulina contains 5-8% lipids, and 40% of these are glycolipids and sulfolipids.

These compounds seem to prevent viruses from either attaching to or penetrating cells, preventing viral infection.

Potential adverse reactions of spirulina consumption

In several testinomials and research it has been found that there is no side effects of the consumption of spirulina but some potential adverse reactions have been noted: -

  • Slight fever
  • Green stool
  • Excessive gass passing out
  • Restlessness
  • Sleepiness
  • During clone cleansing process the temporary Itchy skin may be seen.

MAIN FACTS ABOUT SPIRULINA

  • Spiruline-The Super Food (Presence of 60% digestible vegetable protein)
  • The safe blue-green algae
  • Prevents AIDS
  • Regulates cardiovascular health
  • Rich with rare essential fatty acid GLA
  • Boosta immune system

Spirulina- the miraculous super food

As we studied above that in spite of the knowlege of Spirulina from 1950's it has been neglected. But suddenly after the reseach and testinomials have made the fact clear that Spirulina has been emerging as the super supplement.

There are several wellness companies around the world have started to promote therir Spirulina products in the form of capsule, powder and cakes.

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Disclaimer- The article is purely for education purpose and does not claim any medical cure or treatment. So consult your physician before using any form of spirulina.

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      Rekha Kumari 

      4 years ago from Delhi India

      Thanks for your kind interest and vote Susan.

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      Susan 

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      Thanks for sharing this informative and interesting share. Voted up.

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