Spirulina - Super Food

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Friday, July 22, 2005

Spirulina - Super Food of the Future

Imagine a food whose nutrient profile is more potent than any other plant, grain or herb. A food that is filled with antioxidants and nutrients that protect your immune system and that is free of harmful pesticides. A food you can carry with you anywhere in the world without worrying about refrigeration.

That food may already exist.

It is widely documented that certain forms of algae contain the highest known concentration of beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant that prevents molecular damage to your body Spirulina is 60 percent vegetable protein (which is easy to digest), and is rich in B-12, B complex vitamins, and iron. This form of algae also contains a substance called phycocyanin and long-chained sugars called polysacharrides, both known to stimulate the immune system and help us resist disease.

Spirulina offers an astonishing 20 times more protein than soybeans and 200 times more protein than beef. Of course, not everyone is convinced that blue-green algae is the nutritional savior some claim it is. David of the Center for Science in the Public Interest contends it's just a "mediocre vitamin pill." Others voice concern that certain species of algae (much like certain mushrooms) are toxic and that even non-toxic forms may soak up contaminants when grown in the wild. However, when supplements are farm-grown, neither should be a concern.

There's no doubt that algae and spirulina are popular nutritional supplements, and that many people do feel this plant gives them a powerful energy boost and heightens mental clarity. Spirulina is also a very useful source of packaged greens when one is travelling in foreign countries where fresh foods may not be safe or available, or if you are simply on the run and don't have time to sit down for your daily recommended helpings of veggies. You can still get your required dose of fiber, nutrients and antioxidants. Spirulina is available as chewable tablets or powder, and can be mixed with water or added to healthy blended shakes.

"Blue-green ALGAE is earth's first life FORM, 3.6 billion years old. It's SUNLIGHT transformed into LIFE."

Source: www.psychologytoday.com


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