Spirulina Benefits Immune System Health

Spirulina is one of hundreds of algae species and is commonly known as blue green algae. Algae, including spirulina, are tiny organisms that usually grow on inland waters throughout the world. It looks like a blue-green scum. Algae is usually divided by color. Some of the different algae are blue-green, green, yellow-green, red, and brown. World-wide there are 8000 species of green algae. Of the three main types of algae, spirulina is the easiest to digest.

Spirulina does not have roots, leaves, or stems as most herbs do. But spirulina does contain chlorophyll and performs photosynthesis. Spirulina also creates proteins and sugars as animals do.

The Aztecs of Mexico ate it as a staple food. They dried it and spread it on tortillas. Africans of the Sahara region also use dried spirulina with grains and vegetables. Around the world, spirulina is used as a food source for animals and humans.

Spirulina contains antioxidants that enhance the immune system. It is highly nutritious and is an excellent source of protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. For example, it has 26 times the calcium of milk. It also contains phosphorus, B12, iron, and is easily digested. It is a safe food with no side effects and is easy to store. In fact, it has been called the “Manna of the future.” It is used to treat anemia, cataracts, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, glaucoma, hepatitis, and physical imbalances. It also aids weight loss.

As an immune system builder, spirulina appears to increase production of interferons and interleukins, both anti-inflammatory chemicals. These may decrease or prevent some allergic responses and block the release of histamine during an allergic reaction. This in turn decreases histamine’s effects such as muscle contraction, blood vessel expansion, and stomach acid production.

Spirulina appears to block the entrance of virus cells into host cells. HIV and several other viruses are apparently killed or damaged by spirulina. Spirulina’s antioxidant and immune-enhancing properties mentioned above may aid in fighting cancer. Spirulina also helps to release something called tumor necrosis factor alpha which is a chemical in the body that attacks tumor cells.

Spirulina contains all the essential amino acids we need and most of the nonessential ones. It also is extremely high in vitamins and minerals, as noted above. Spirulina is 85% protein, compared with just 20% in beef. In short, Spirulina is an exceptionally potent nutrient. NASA officially stated, “The Nutritional value of one kg spirulina is equivalent to 1,000 kgs of assorted fruits and vegetables.”

You can purchase spirulina in tablets, capsules, and powder form. One tablespoon of spirulina powder is about 7 grams. Doses should be from one gram to ten grams a day. That is just about two teaspoons. For serious illnesses such as hepatitis four tsp per day are recommended. Consume as much as you want. It may be used as the primary source of protein. Some even like to make smoothies with Spirulina. Others just sprinkle it on their food like seasoning. Spirulina powder can be added to fruit or vegetable juices or to add nutrition to dishes. It is tasty in pasta, soups, salads, or mixed with yoghurt. Just remember this: spirulina is most nutritious uncooked.

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