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Spirulina is a single-celled microscopic freshwater cyanobacteria that has a deep blue-green colouring. Its name is derived from its characteristic ‘spiral’ structure that this particular cyanobacteria forms.
What can I use it for?
Spirulina is 60% protein and contains all the amino acids making it a complete protein that is easily digestible. It is rich in a wide range of essential nutrients including vitamin A, B6, B12, iron, magnesium, iodine and calcium. This makes it perfect for treating any form of nutritional deficiencies. It contains Beta Carotene (Vitamin A), a powerful antioxidant protecting against free radicals and strengthening the skin, B Vitamins and B12 which nourish the nervous system, help generate red blood cells, synthesise DNA and aid the metabolism of protein and fat. B12 especially helps with energy-yielding metabolism. It also contains iron which is vital for the health of the blood as it forms part of the haemoglobin protein which enables oxygen to be carried around the body.
Spirulina contains a special blue-green pigment called phycocyanin which is a powerful antioxidant that protects against free radicals. Phycocyanin also assists in nerve and brain regeneration by bringing together amino acids that nourish the creation and functioning of neurotransmitters.
Spirulina is also a source of Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) which helps promote certain prostaglandins that reduce inflammation and support immune function. GLA also prohibits excessive cellular division and nourishes brain cells.
Into the heart of spirulina
Spirulina has a unique nutritional profile that makes it an excellent choice for those who require extra nutrition as a result of excessive exercise, stress or restrictive diets. It is a complete protein and contains all essential and non-essential amino acids in easily digestible forms. It is packed with vitamins and minerals including iron, all the B vitamins and Vitamin A as beta-carotene which support production of red blood cells, energy-yielding metabolism and healthy skin. Spirulina contains a special pigment known as phycocyanin which is a potent antioxidant that also supports neurotransmitter functioning in the nervous system and the brain.
Spirulina is a complete protein and contains a wide spectrum of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Because it is easily digested, spirulina is excellent for any form of nutritional deficiencies and for use during convalescence.
Spirulina is a naturally high source of Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) which has a specifically nourishing effect on nervous and brain tissue, indicating it in mental fatigue and chronic degenerative conditions affecting the nervous system and the brain. The pigment present in Spirulina known as phycocyanin is a powerful and very protective antioxidant that has a regenerative effect upon nerve and brain tissue, making it excellent where there has been any nervous and or brain tissue damage.
Spirulina contains Beta-carotene and B vitamins which will regenerate red blood cells, indicating spirulina in any blood based deficiencies such as anaemia and where there may have been blood loss or contamination through injury.
Beta-carotene strengthens skin cells and is also a powerful antioxidant that will protect the skin from harmful damage caused by free radicals present in sunlight and/or from environmental pollutants.
Did you know?
Spirulina is one of the earliest photosynthesising microscopic blue-green cyanobacteria evolving over 2 billion years ago.
No drug-herb interactions are known.
Traditional Ayurvedic characteristics are
- Rasa (taste) Sweet, bitter.
- Virya (action) Cooling.
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect) Sweet, nourishing.
- Guna (quality) Rejuvenative, protective, cleansing.
- Dosha effect: KP-, V+.
- Dhatu (tissue) All tissues.
- Srotas (channels) Digestive, nervous, brain, blood, skin.
500mg-3000mg per day for maintenance and up to 9000mg per day for short periods (1-2 weeks).