Nutritional aspects of Spirulina
Today we know from extensive toxicological studies and biochemical analyzes that consuming Spirulina is safe for humans and that the protein short of the corresponding reference (milk, egg) in contrast to all previously known proteins of non-animal origin. Peraietero analyzes by many independent researchers and organizations show that Spirulina is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, essential lipids, minerals and polysaccharides with strong evidence for a beneficial effect on the immune system in renal and intestinal function, prevention and suppression of viral diseases, inflammation , cancers, skin lesions, mainly in balancing nutrition.
Specifically spirulina contains:
Protein up to 70% which provides all amino acids as well as essential (Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine) in sufficient quantity.
Wide range of vitamins with antioxidant major provitamin A (beta-carotene, vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6, B12 (cobalamin), vitamin E, etc..
Metals / Minerals: Calcium (Ca), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), zinc (Zn), magnesium (Mg), copper (Cu), chromium (Cr), selenium (Se).
Fat: the essential polyunsaturated fatty acids gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and sulfolipids.
Antioxidants: phycocyanin, carotenoids, xanthophylls, etc.
The combination of so many nutrients makes Spirulina a "versatile" food.
Spirulina and Health
Spirulina supplements to the top nutrients in our daily diet. Repairs not the consequences of an unbalanced diet, whether due to wrong choices or the demanding and stressful way of life. Large stocks of Spirulina in antioxidants and vitamins replenish naturally the deficient intake of fruits and vegetables, while high levels of iron and other micronutrients deficiencies and prevent anemia.
Studies have shown a lot of beneficial properties of Spirulina on our health. For example:
Provides high levels of energy and endurance.
Strengthens the immune system.
It helps in losing excess weight by enhancing metabolism, and helps to detoxify the body
Increases performance in work and study.
Improves the quality of life in elderly people and prevents premature aging.
Positive effect on the physiology of athletes making it extremely popular with sports venues.
Supports the female body during menstruation, pregnancy, lactation and menopause.
It prevents viruses and infections and has a positive effect on renal and intestinal function.
Tones in times of stress and anxiety.
Helps maintain general skin and hair.
Strengthens the body in times of recovery from illness or surgery.
Combats malnutrition and starvation.
Particular and specialized
The rare natural blue dye containing phycocyanin the Spirulina appears to favor the stem cells of the bone marrow which in turn induce the production of red blood cells (hematopoietic activity), and white (immunogenicity). In combination with the polysaccharide spiroulan (sulfur containing calcium) Spirulina extracts gave remarkably laboratory results in activation of the immune system and the repair of DNA, highly beneficial effects in cases of viral infections or other infections, anemia and cancer. Indeed reported in a case study and reverse leukoplakia by 45% over prevention. Extremely interesting is this effect of Spirulina in studies for rehabilitation of children affected by radiation after the accident at Chernobyl, with spectacular results in converting bone marrow suppression and increased allergic reactions. The presence of sulfolipids in the Spirulina is probably expands the antiviral activity in other species such as algae. The activity of phycocyanin in conjunction with the chlorophyll deemed to contribute to undo nephrotoxicity symptoms of heavy metals and toxins or drugs. Both phycocyanin and other pigments present in abnormally high levels in Spirulina, such as beta-carotene (provitamin A), chlorophyll and xanthophylls have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action and contribute according to several studies, the treatment of autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, chemically-induced cancers, such as lung and the gastrointestinal system, while expanding the action of the cerebral neurotransmitters, immune system and chromosomal mechanisms of protection.
The broad toxicological study for the safe consumption of Spirulina revealed the unique nutritional potential. Studies in children and adults showed that uptake Spirulina has direct effects on recovery from malnutrition, vitamin A, zinc, iron and general weight loss. In a well-organized clinical study even hiring Spirulina resulted in weight control in obese subjects and showed a decrease in total cholesterol. The high-quality protein, energy from carbohydrate low glycemic index rhamnose and glycogen, high in vitamin B12, antioxidants, trace elements and essential lipid gamma-linolenic acid appears to contribute decisively to these properties of Spirulina. Further, a beneficial effect seems to have the Spirulina in bowel function favoring the development of a healthy microflora (Lactobacillus and Bifidus) resulting in better absorption of nutrients and reducing opportunistic infections (particularly fatigued individuals of diseases, accidents, etc.).