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Spirulina - Nature's Green Superfood

One of the world's few 'superfoods', Spirulina is the richest whole food source found in nature. This highly nutritious green food, grown ecologically without chemicals, can be consumed in many ways as part of a regular diet to maintain optimum health and also as a way to manage weight loss.It is also highly recommended for vegetarians as several of the nutritional components of Spirulina are often difficult to obtain from a regular vegetarian diet.

Spirulina is considered to be one of the world’s few ‘super foods’. It is a highly nutritious, microscopic freshwater plant, containing over 100 synergistic nutrients and grown ecologically without chemicals.  A concentrated green food derived from removing nothing but the water, it is today used widely around the world as a food supplement for maintaining health, energy and optimum weight.

The modern diet is often overloaded with convenient / processed foods which are nutritionally poor. The awareness of this results in many people supplementing their diets with vitamins and minerals to protect against nutritional deficiency. Most multi-vitamin / mineral formulations are laboratory synthesised, and clinical studies have shown that organic nutrients are absorbed up to 16 times more effectively than synthetic ones. Spirulina is a an easily absorbed, highly concentrated food supplement containing only pure organic nutrients exactly as they occur in their natural form, with only the water removed.

History

The first recorded usage of Spirulina was in 16th century Mexico, where Spirulina was described by a Cortes soldier as being harvested from Lake Texcoco and made available for sale in the form of cakes. Although no further reference was made after the 16th century that Spirulina was used as a daily food source, it was found growing in abundance by French researchers at the lake in the 1960’s. It is however understood to have been used as an daily food source even further back in the 9th century Kanem Empire in Chad, to present day, where it is dried into cakes, used to make broth for meals and sold in markets. In the 1940’s French scientists discovered the harvesting of it from the small lakes and ponds around Lake Chad in Africa, although it wasn’t until the 1970’s that commercial production began. 

Fast Spirulina Facts (for vegetarians in particular)

  • Protein: 300% more than fish, meat or poultry, with NO cholesterol.
  • Amino Acids: Containing 60 – 70% protein, Spirulina contains all 8 essential amino acids, needed for muscle growth, immunity, enzymes and hormones, (often a problem for vegetarians to obtain in their diets). In addition, Spirulina also contains 10 non-essential amino acids,
  • Iron: 58 times richer than spinach. Iron is often found lacking in vegetarians diets.
  • Chlorophyll: 200% richer than barley grass or wheat grass. Chlorophyll traps sunlight to create energy and returns that energy back to you.
  • Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids: In the form of Linoleic, Linolenic and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). Essential to women’s health.
  • Anti-oxidants: 25 times richer in beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A) than carrot and 3 times richer in vitamin E than wheat germ. Other cell protecting anti-oxidants present are phycocyanin, super oxide dismutase (SOD), mixed carotenoids, selenium, zinc and the complete group of B vitamins.
  • Weight Loss: Spirulina assists weight loss by curbing appetite naturally while supplying the nutrients required for a balanced diet. The amino acids phenylalanine and valine help to release an appetite controlling hormone.
  • Availability: Tablet, flake and powder forms.
  • Health Warnings: As Spirulina is a dietary supplement, the United States Food and Drug Administration do not regulate the production and quality of the product. Currently, no standard exists to regulate the safety of Spirulina in the U.S. For further health warnings: - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirulina_(dietary_supplement)
  • Advocates: In 1974 the United Nations World Food Conference lauded Spirulina as the ‘best food for the future’. In the late 1980’s and early 90’s both NASA and the European Space Agency proposed Spirulina as one of the primary foods to be cultivated during long-term space missions.

 

Nutritional Analysis (Full List) :- http://www.synergynatural.com/pages/spirulina_nutritional_analysis.html?page_category=Spirulina

Recipe Ideas:

Spirulina Smoothie

Ingredients:  

1 ripe banana

1 cup of apple, orange or other favourite juice

1 teaspoon (or more) of Spirulina powder

Method:

Blend all ingredients together until mixed well.

                                       

Spirulina Guacamole Dip

Ingredients:

2 avocados

A pinch of cayenne pepper

Fresh lime juice (to taste)

2 chopped medium tomatoes

2 cloves crushed garlic

Salt (to taste)

1 teaspoon of Spirulina powder

Method:

Add all ingredients to blender and blend well. Serve with crudités or corn chips.

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Veggie Cocktail

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of Spirulina in 2 cups of vegetable juice – carrot, tomato, celery, beetroot (or any combination of choice). For extra nuttiness, add rolled oats, almonds or sunflower seeds.

Method:

Mix well in a blender. Makes 2 servings.

Sources:

www.synergynatural.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirulina_(dietary_supplement)

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Comments (6)
Ranked #8 in Healthy Living

Wonderful spirulina. Thank you my dear sister Jan. Glad to meet you here after a long time. Please be with me and let us promote writing through our friendship and support.

Ranked #85 in Healthy Living

Thank you Paulose, for your comment and vote, and especially for your very kind welcome back. :-)

I have missed reading from your wisdom.Thank you for this great information.

Ranked #85 in Healthy Living

Thank you Roberta. :-)

I'm aware of the many health benefits of spirulina. I've tried it in smoothies but never considered adding to guacamole, great tip!

Ranked #85 in Healthy Living

Thank you Bethany. :-)

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