Spirulina is a great nutrient. You have to know it for a future use!
Spirulina is an extremely ancient alga, maybe since the beginning of the life on Earth (more than 3 billion years ago). The Aztecs and the Incas were the first to cultivate this alga, as a complete food, thus allowing them to feed a very large population, in combination with another very rich plant: Maca. There are 2 principal species of spirulina: spirulina maxima which comes from Mexico and Spirulina platensis (Arthrospira platensis) from Chad. Naturally, you can find spirulina in Andean lakes of volcanic origin and in lake Texcoco in Mexico. However, it also grows in Africa in large lakes, particularly in Chad. Today, more and more countries cultivate this alga for its nutritional value as China, Thailand, India, Hawaii and some States fo America as California. The species the most beneficial and complete seems to be the spirulina from Mexico. The treatment of algae is 100% natural and does not require any pesticide. Once harvested, it is dried in the sun.
Spirulina is a very complete alga. It has a very high nutritional value, allowing to avoid nutritional deficiencies. It contains an enormous amount of proteins (50-70%) which is pretty exceptional. Spirulina is also rich in essential fatty acids, micronutrients, minerals: iron (20 times more than wheat germ)… magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, chromium, as weel as all essential amino acid. Besides, spirulina is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B7, B8, B12, D, E, K but especially beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A) and vitamin B12. Its content of beta-carotene is 30 times greater than carrot which is exceptional. Its content of vitamin B12 is 4 times greater than raw liver, already a good source for the organism. Spirulina also contains a few essential fatty acids including omega-6. It possesses a large quantity of chlorophyll which has a purifying and protecting role of the organism. Spirulina contains important elements for the proper functioning of the immune system, the organism and the nervous system.
RDA = Recommended Daily Allowances
|Mineral||Per 10 g||% RDA|
|Protein||55 à 70 %|
|Carbohydrate||15 à 25 %|
|Lipids||4 à 7 %|
|Minerals||7 à 13 %|
|Fibre||2 à 8 %|
|Vitamin||Per 10 g||% RDA|
|Pro-A (beta-carotene)||14 mg||1 000 %|
|E||1 mg||10 %|
|B1||0,35 mg||30 %|
|B2||0,4 mg||30 %|
|B6||0,01 mg||4 %|
|B9||5 µg||1,6 %|
– Spirulina is characterised by a very high rate of proteins up to 70% of its dry weight: it contains twice more than soybean and three times more than meat or fish.
– Spirulina retains most of its nutritional virtues because its consumption requires neither cooking nor pretreatment.
Anti-Disease – Detoxification:
– Powerful antioxidant, anti-aging
– Convalescence (in combination with ginseng)
– Stimulates the immune system
– Enhances the potential of our immune system
– Detoxifies the organism from heavy metals, pollutants, radiation (in combination with Chlorella)
– Protection from radiation
– Effective against anaemia
– Lowers too high cholesterol (frequent use)
– Protects and strengthens every vital organ
– Protects from diseases and infections (pharyngitis, flu, cold, laryngitis)
Energy – Sport – Muscles
– Muscle fatigue, elite athletes (in combination with Maca and Tribulus)
– Stimulating and toning action on the organism
– Gives renewed energy, vitality
– Reduces the feeling of fatigue
– Increases endurance (in combination with Rhodiola and Tribulus)
– Decreases muscle cramps
– Oxygenates the organism, the muscles (thanks to chlorophyll which is present in Spirulina)
Equilibrative – Stress – Memory
– Promotes the general well-being (in combination with Ashwagandha)
– Balance the nervous system (in combination with Ginseng)
– Nervous muscle spasms
– Reduces stress, anxiety, nervousness
– Depression, insomnia
– Promote the concentration (in combination wth Rhodiola)
– Senescence disorders
– Memory disorders
– Reduce high blood pressure
Skin – Eyes – Hair:
– Protective effect of skin (in combination with Aloe vera)
– Protective effect of the eyes
– Fortifies the fingernails
– Gives lustre in hair, skin and fingernails
– Promotes healing including healing of wounds
Cholesterol – Diet – Painful menstruation or heavy period
– Lowers too high cholesterol (in combination with ginseng)
– Diabetes, regulates blood sugar, glycemia (in combination with Ginseng)
– Controls appetite
– Cleans intestinal flora
– Reduces the feeling of hunger
– Avoids nutritional deficiencies during a diet (in association with Goji)
– Stimulating action for the creation of good bacteria to digestion (lactobacilli)
– Reduces painful menstruation
– Reduces heavy period
– Reduces the feeling of fatigue during menstruations (spirulina is a good source of iron)
– Reduces the symptoms of menopause
– Makes pregnancy easier
PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN:
Spirulina accumulates heavy metals and pollutants when the growing medium is polluted. The geographic origin is therefore extremely important. Pay attention to the quality of spirulina when you order it. Do not hesitate to ask some questions to the providers because this information is extremely important for you and your health.
Careful, there is currently no organic spirulina because its culture technique requires mineral fertilisers, especially mineral nitrogen, that do not yet exist with the organic certification.
Its usage is safe but you must not exceed the recommended dose. Spirulina can cause some small side effects because it detoxifies the organism. Thus, it is recommended to start using low doses, and then increasing them gradually. Spirulina can generate migraine or a slight fever, in some people, can cause constipation, diarrhoea (especially with high doses), red sports, minor aches in the belly, black or green stools (because it detoxifies the colon).
Spirulina can temporarily weaken the liver (because spirulina contains a lot of vitamins and minerals) and kidney problems after high doses (above 10 grammes per day). Take into account that the set of side effects is the result of the detoxification of the organism and the purification of it. Drop the doses then very slowly increase them. Don’t use spirulina more than 3 successive weeks, take breaks and alternate with Chlorella.
– people who have a fever and people who are allergic to algae.
– pregnant and lactating women (not enough studies to be 100% sure of the consequences)
– people with autoimmune diseases: rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, etc.. (due to its capacity to stimulate the immune system)
– people suffering from phenylketonuria (because rich in phenylalanine)
It is recommended from 2 to 6 grammes per day. Some people recommend it up to 10 grammes per day, knowing that 10 grammes is a high dose.
The first effects of spirulina are felt even in a small dose (800mg). Spirulina can be absorbed with a glass of water but also fruit juice or vegetable juice.