The Benefits Of Spirulina Powder!
Why has spirulina been called a
Because it contains the most remarkable concentration of
nutrients known in any food, plant, grain or herb. It's
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. These make spirulina
a great whole food alternative to isolated vitamin and
Does all spirulina have the same quality, purity and
Spirulina is grown in from many countries. Customers
should check the label - does it say exactly where it's
grown? Is the cultivation controlled for a pure culture?
With the growing concern about contaminated algae
harvested from lakes, the source is important. Many
people now prefer certified organic foods, and the good
news is Earthrise Farms grows certified organic
spirulina. Second, there's a wide variety in potency.
Maintaining the highest levels of the carotenoids,
phycocyanin and polysaccharides is very important. Now
Earthrise Farms has developed the next generation of
The scientific research with spirulina identifies some
unusual health giving phytonutrients. What are they?
Spirulina's dark color comes from a rainbow of natural
pigments. They harvest sunlight at different wavelengths
and protect from too much sun. These pigments offer
unusual health benefits and help synthesize many enzymes
necessary for regulating body metabolism. They are
chlorophyll (green), carotenoids (yellow and orange) and
phycocyanin (blue), the dominant color.
Not all spirulina is grown, processed and packaged the
same way. Levels of these sensitive pigments vary
widely. Spirulina needs high levels of all three to
provide optimum health benefits. At Earthrise
Nutritionals' farm, all three are tested on every day's
production to assure potency.
I know Beta Carotene is an anti-cancer antioxidant
nutrient. Is natural different than synthetic beta
Spirulina is the richest Beta Carotene food, with a full
spectrum of ten mixed carotenoids. About half are orange
carotenes: alpha, beta and gamma and half are yellow
xanthophylls. They work synergistically at different
sites in our body to enhance antioxidant protection.
What is so unique about spirulina as a source of GLA?
A food source of GLA is important, especially for women.
Known GLA foods are mothers milk and oil extracts of
evening primrose, black currant and borage seeds.
Spirulina is a potent source, an astonishing 1% by
weight! Eight spirulina tablets contain equivalent GLA
to a capsule of primrose oil. I've heard from many women
who have appreciated spirulina's benefits for PMS and
for healthy, beautiful skin.
How much should people take and when should they take
Long time consumers and scientific evidence both suggest
2-5 grams a day bring significant health benefits. This
is a teaspoon of powder or 6 to 20 tablets. Take it
every day for best results. Because spirulina is a whole
food, you can take it alone or with meals. Take
convenient tablets anytime. Or, mix spirulina powder in
a fruit juice smoothie as an instant breakfast, or in a
vegetable juice smoothie in the afternoon.
Is spirulina recommended for pregnant mothers, infants
Yes, its a perfect supplement. Iron deficiency anemia in
mothers and children is the most prevalent nutritional
disorder. Pregnant women can use spirulina's vegetable
protein and bioavailable iron. In India and Vietnam,
doctors prescribe spirulina for pregnant and nursing
mothers and their infants. Parents are often surprised
how much their children enjoy this green food. Kids like
to suck on tablets and munch spirulina covered popcorn.
What are the benefits for an aging population?
Spirulina is an ideal anti-aging food: concentrated
nutrient value, easily digested and loaded with
antioxidants. Beta Carotene is good for healthy eyes and
vision. This all vegetable, low fat protein means we can
lighten up on a meat centered diet that can aggravate
arthritis and raise cholesterol. When we choose to eat
less meat, vegetables like spirulina are good sources of
more iron and essential minerals.
As people age, many who don't eat enough, have
restricted diets or poor digestion may experience low
energy from being undernourished. Spirulina builds
healthy lactobacillus, aiding assimilation and
elimination and relieving constipation. Older people
really notice an energy boost. In Japan, 73% of those
taking spirulina are over 50 years old!
Is spirulina good for pets and other animals?
Yes. Walk into any pet store and you'll find it's a
popular supplement for fish, birds and pets. In fact,
much of the global spirulina production is consumed by
aquaculture raised fish and prawns, tropical fish,
ornamental birds, horses and even cats and dogs. In the
1970s, the first use was enhancing the beautiful colors
in fancy koi carp. Then fish and prawn farmers
discovered it increased growth rates, survival, color,
and reduced medications. Today, spirulina is in most
premium aquarium feeds.
Zoos feed their flamingos a spirulina diet, like the
millions of pink flamingos living on it in East African
lakes. Ornamental bird breeders use it to enhance color,
health and fertility. Tiny amounts in diets of young
turkeys and chickens builds disease resistance, reducing
the need for antibiotics. In reptiles, it improves skin
gloss and disease resistance. For thoroughbred
racehorses, it improves speed and recovery.
If you give spirulina to your dog or cat, you'll notice
healthier skin, lustrous coat and fresher breath. Older
animals may regain their flexibility. It's not unusual
for a pet owner to ask: "Is spirulina good for me, too?"
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