Spirulina: The Perfect Health Food
Spirulina Might Just Be The Perfect Health Food
- Have you ever longed for a food that would give you healing benefits, be antioxidant, and contain so many nutrients that you feel great every day you take it?
- Do you wish your immune system could be stronger and more effective?
- Would you like to take just one food that would keep you strong during cold and flu season?
There is a food that can do all that and more. It’s called Spirulina.
Spirulina is a blue-green fresh water algae that has been used as both food and medicine in many parts of the world for centuries. There are even those who believe that the Manna of the Bible was really spirulina.
In the 1960s many health food restaurants served a limited fare of miso soup with spirulina and tofu in it, brown rice, and stir fried veggies. In the 1970s spirulina was being touted as great for helping with weight loss. This was mainly due to its amino acid content, specifically the phenylalanine. The amino acids in spirulina were known to help balance blood sugar, eliminate cravings, and provide total nutrition in the body. In the 1980s spirulina was being used in pastas. Pastalina was one popular brand of pasta made with a high percentage of spirulina. Many people ate spirulina as part of their daily foods to give them vigor and energy.
Many African clinics for children with serious diseases, especially cancer and HIV/AIDS, grow spirulina on the hospital grounds to use as the main source of nutrition for these ailing children. In the African country of Chad, it is reported that they have the least incidents of HIV/AIDS because most people eat the equivalent of a tablespoon of spirulina daily.
The intergovernmental Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, Called the Intergovernmental Institution for the Use of Micro-Algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition (IIMSAM) reports that spirulina is high in beta carotene, the much needed form of vitamin A that is used to overcome the deficiency that causes massive diarrhea in developing countries and countries where there is poor food security. They also say that one tablespoon of spirulina a day can eliminate iron deficiency and that it is the best vegetable source for a form of iron that is totally bioavailable.
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) considers spirulina a good source of micronutrients for children. The WHO recognizes that spirulina is also helpful for cancer prevention, fibromyalgia, hay fever, herpes infection, liver protection, high cholesterol, hives, HIV infection, and weight loss.
Spirulina is a great source of blood building chlorophyll. Ingesting chlorophyll can help eliminate body odors and keep the digestive tract healthy. Spirulina has higher amounts of magnesium than calcium which is now known to be essential for helping the heart and keeping blood pressure normal. 100 grams of spirulina, in general, has 120 mg of calcium, and 195 mg of magnesium. Low magnesium may be the triggering mechanism for ischemic heart disease and is reported in a study in Japan to reduce mortality in acute myocardial infarction and can also have cardio protective effects after heart attacks.
Research done in 2013 in China has shown that diabetic mice had excellent results from using spirulina and concludes that using spirulina will help type 2 diabetics. Research done in Korea in 2013 showed that in a mouse model, spirulina reduced human head and neck cancers and ended by saying the research suggested using spirulina as an effective cancer treatment.
There is so much research on the antioxidant, anti- inflammatory, and anti-disease effects of spirulina that it is almost impossible to mention it all in a short blog. The one thing that all the research did agree on was that spirulina was one of nature’s most perfect foods. Spirulina contains all the B complex vitamins that can help give energy and protect against stress. Spirulina has complete protein so it can help in building muscles and is an excellent food for athletes young and old.
All of what we used to call ‘women’s problems’ can be helped by chlorophyll, especially the chlorophyll in spirulina. Spirulina can really help teen agers with cramps and the irritability that can come from monthly periods. It is also useful for women of perimenopause or menopause age because it provides much needed energy and protection against stress, often the culprit in hot flashes and fatigue.
So many people over 50 suffer from immune system problems leading to colds and flu and spirulina can help improve immune function when taken several times a day every day, especially in the winter cold and flu season. Anemia of the elderly can also be a problem that spirulina has been shown in studies to help.
Spirulina can help improve the health of people of all ages and is totally safe for children. This makes spirulina the perfect health food.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Sunrider® Spirulina is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.