This microcospic single celled blue green spiral algae has been living on our planet since the appearance of life on Earth. Spirulina’s green color is derived from chlorophyll and the blue color is derived from the exotic pigment phycocyanin. Through the process of photosynthesis algae and plankton convert sunlight into pure protein, fatty acids, carbohydrates and nearly every other nutrient essential to life. No wonder why Spirulina was the primary source of protein for the Aztecs that lived in Mexico City for several thousands of years.
Rich source of chlorophyll (3%), salts, phytonutrients and enzymes.
Spirulina consists of 65-71% bioavailable protein. It is a complete protein containing all essential amino acids.
Rich in vitamins A (beta-carotene), B1, B2, B6, E and K.
Superb source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an anti-inflammatory essential fatty acid necessary for a healthy nervous system as well as for making your skin and hair shiny and strong. GLA is also known for its allergy and arthritis fighting properties.
Abundant source of phycocyanin (7-8%), a potent health-building pigment. Phycocyanin helps produce stem cells, giving spirulina a rejuvenating and energizing effect. Phycocyanin is also known to potentiate vitamin C and medicinal mushrooms.
Helps alleviate anemia, increases hemoglobin and improves blood quality
Spirulina is an excellent source of antioxidants like beta-carotene and other carotenoids which are known to increase life span and improve the immune system.
Contains the antioxidant Zeaxanthin, the most important antioxidant for vision.
Immune system booster that increases the production of antibodies and cytokines, allowing the body to better protect against invasive microbes and viruses.
Spirulina contains several bioavailable forms of the mineral sulfur which is known for improving the immune system, physical strength, flexibility, agility, complexion, hair’s luster, rapid healing, and the functionality of your liver and pancreas.
Helps your body detoxify from toxins like aluminum, carbon tetrachloride and other harmful toxins.
Reference: Superfoods The Food and Medicine of the Future by David Wolfe