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The Truth About Fermented Spirulina: The Most Absorbable Protein-Rich Superfood Available!

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  • Super Spirulina Plus

    Super Spirulina Plus

    Detoxify and Support Cellular Health

    • A Naturally Fermented Source of Probiotics and Bio-available Superfoods
    • 100% Fermented for Increased Bio-availability
    • A Vegan, Kosher, and Organic Certified Product
    • Detoxify your body, maintain a healthy weight, and boost your energy

Maybe you have a sensitive digestive tract and very few foods agree with you. Or maybe you have decided to remove all devitalized foods from your diet. Or perhaps your diet is vegan and you know that you need to be especially diligent in making sure your body receives all the amino acids that it needs to thrive.

Spirulina is 67.1% protein. It contains five times more protein than other foods.

Maybe you simply do not have time to prepare and eat balanced Body Ecology meals throughout the day, so you are looking for a protein powder supplement that will carry you through your cardio class at the gym and keep your neurotransmitters balanced.

With so many products on the market, finding an amino acid-rich superfood or protein powder to supplement your diet means reading a lot of labels and deciding what works best for you.

Here are some helpful guidelines to get you started:

Spirulina is certainly a superfood. It contains 18 amino acids—eight of which are essential—and five times more protein than other protein sources.

  • Be sure to read the label closely and understand the percentage of protein in relation to the grams of protein offered per serving. Many vegan protein powders tout a large percentage of digestible protein. However, if you do the math, sometimes it just doesn't add up.
  • The health food industry is still an industry. This means that sometimes even though you buy a product that looks good and promises to make you feel great, corners may be cut or a less-than-superior resource is used in production. For example, if you buy a whey protein supplement, make sure that the cows are grass-fed and that the proteins have not been denatured during processing. A denatured protein means that the structure of the protein has been changed and makes less sense to your digestive tract. Grass-fed animals, rather than those fed with corn or soy, offer a greater percentage of healthy fatty acids.
  • What are they hiding? Protein powders often include many unhealthy fillers, which are sometimes hidden under the label of "natural flavors", such as MSG.
  • When purchasing a vegan protein supplement, make sure that the most valuable sources of protein make up a high percentage of the product's formula. For example, both chlorella and Spirulina are dense nutrient powerhouses. If these are present in the protein supplement, read the labels; sometimes they are used minimally in the product. A good vegan protein supplement will use substantial quantities of superfoods because they offer the greatest spectrum of health benefits.

Spirulina is a popular superfood that offers 18 amino acids, including all of the eight essential amino acids that your body does not make on its own.

Spirulina is 67.1% protein. If you compare Spirulina to other popular protein sources, it contains five times more protein than other foods: (1)

  • Whey Powder: 12.2% protein
  • Oats: 10.7% protein
  • Wheat Bran: 12.7% protein
  • Soy Lecithin: 6.00% protein

In addition, Spirulina is rich in chlorophyll, vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, minerals, and trace minerals, making it truly a complete food. Unfortunately, Spirulina is difficult to digest. If your gastrointestinal tract is at all compromised, it can be impossible to digest. If you are consuming Spirulina, it is likely that you are receiving little nutritional value from it because in its raw state, these valuable macronutrients and phytonutrients are simply not available.

Fermentation: Keys to Unlocking the Nutrients in Your Food

Modern science has found that traditionally fermented foods such as kefir, natto, and kim chi all have significant health-promoting properties that would not be present if the food were not fermented. Fermentation converts sugars into lactic acid, which controls pathogenic bacteria, while delivering friendly microflora to the gut. Fermentation also begins the digestion process by breaking down the sometimes toxic and indigestible parts of food while also generating its own health-promoting vitamins and enzymes.

Standard food production over-processes and devitalizes food in order to preserve it, thereby killing valuable enzymes and beneficial microbes. The result of food processing is evident in the kind of diseases that dominate industrialized countries: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, and allergic response.

As more people develop conditions that are inflammatory and linked to immune and endocrine disease, doctors are increasingly looking at the gut. The gastrointestinal system, the bacteria it harbors, its mucosal layer, and the lymphoid tissue beneath it play a significant role in the health of the entire body.

Body Ecology offers a fermented protein supplement that works with the delicate nature of your gut, making hard-to-digest nutrients readily available.

Body Ecology Super Spirulina Plus is completely fermented. This means is it fully available to your body for immediate use. This also means that the fermentation process has made a superfood like Spirulina even more super! Remember, traditionally fermented foods not only deliver beneficial microbes to your gut, but the fermentation process also makes all of the nutrients available for use while creating other health-promoting enzymes and vitamins.

  • 50% of Super Spirulina Plus is fully fermented Spirulina, making Spirulina the most abundant ingredient in the Super Spirulina Plus formula.
  • Remember, Spirulina is 67.1% protein, and in its raw state, we absorb very little.
  • Super Spirulina Plus is 38.4 % fermented Spirulina protein. In its fermented state, we digest 70%-80% of Spirulina.

What To Remember Most About This Article:

  • Read labels! While labels and percentages may require you to pull out your calculator, doing so will help ensure that you get the most nutrients that you can out of a food product.
  • Make sure that you understand the processing a product has gone through. If you have any questions regarding the source or production of a product, get clarity by calling the company and asking questions.
  • Fermentation means that the bio-availability of nutrients in a food is sometimes greatly increased. Spirulina is a perfect example of this. In its raw state, it is indigestible. However, after fermentation, the body can digest 70%-80% of Spirulina.
  • Super Spirulina Plus

    Super Spirulina Plus

    Detoxify and Support Cellular Health

    • A Naturally Fermented Source of Probiotics and Bio-available Superfoods
    • 100% Fermented for Increased Bio-availability
    • A Vegan, Kosher, and Organic Certified Product
    • Detoxify your body, maintain a healthy weight, and boost your energy

REFERENCES:

  1. Australian Foods Standards Nutritional Calculator Information

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  • http://elfhood.org Sarabi

    I would like to learn how to ferment my own spirulina, and cannot find this information anywhere. I have read and implemented the foundations of the book, the Body Ecology Diet, and appreciate how in the book it teaches us to make our own fermented vegetables. Would you be willing to share the information about how to ferment spirulina effectively?

  • http://www.quackwatc.org dieter

    Algae products contain no nutrients that are not readily available from food or ordinary dietary supplements that cost much less. Studies performed in countries where malnutrition is common have shown that administering spirulina (as food or tablets) can correct deficiencies of the few nutrients that spirulina contains. However, the commercially marketed algae products have no proven value for treating obesity or other human health problem, and some may contain potent toxins.
    For Additional Information

    Health Canada Online. Information sheet on blue-green algae (May 1999)
    Health Canada Online. Information: Blue-Green Algal Products (September 1999)
    Health Canada Online. Testing methodology for blue green algal products (September 1999)
    Health Canada Online. Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) and their toxins (June 2003)

    References

    Barrett S, Herbert V. The Vitamin Pushers: How the "Health Food" Industry Is Selling Americans a Bill of Goods. Amherst NY: Prometheus Books, 1994.
    Ballantine C. The trial of the blue-green algae eaters. FDA Consumer 20(6):33-34, 1986.
    Barrett S. Cell Tech loses false advertising suit. Quackwatch, July 25, 2003.
    Health Canada announces results of blue-green algal products testing—only Spirulina found Microcystin-free. Health Canada news release, Sept 17, 1999.
    Gilroy GJ and others. Assessing potential health risks from microcystin toxins in blue-green algae dietary supplements. Environmental Health Perspectives 108:435-439, 2000.

  • http://www.lesliesblog.com Leslie Estes

    Not that I doubt fermenting spirulina may provide some additional health benefits, but I would like to see a reference to the actual science behind the claims you are making for it. Please share them. Thanks.

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