Spirulina is one of nature’s superfoods rich in protein, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and other nutrients. It helps energise the body and provides support for immune and digestive health.
Spirulina is a blue-green coloured vegetable alga found in both fresh and salt water. It particularly thrives in naturally mineral rich alkaline lakes. Its key requirements are sunlight and a hot climate.
Its microscopic single celled spiral coiled shape holds a rich concentration of easily assimilated complete proteins (including all essential amino acids), antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, nucleic acids, chlorophyll and other phytonutrients. In fact spirulina has a higher percentage of protein (60%) than any other food.
Spirulina is a valuable nutrient source in cases of malnutrition, and as a reliable source of vegetable protein and vitamin B12 is of particular benefit to people eating a vegan diet. Recent research using specific quantitative assays to determine human-active B12 percentages in spirulina have confirmed it as a viable source.
Benefits are reported in cases of diabetes, glaucoma, hair loss, liver disease, peptic ulcers and pancreatitis. In times of increased stress spirulina contributes concentrated nutrients, antioxidant and antineoplastic actions.
Spirulina’s high iodine content makes it a valuable aid in balancing thyroid function and reducing toxicity from radioactive substances in the body.
Spirulina Side Effects and Contraindications
As a balanced food in its natural state, spirulina has no toxic effect on the body when ingested within the recommended dosage range.