Spirulina: Why It’s Said to Be One of The World’s Healthiest Food
Spirulina is one of the world’s oldest foods, and is known as a true superfood in every sense of the word. It can have some incredible anti-inflammatory benefits when it comes to utilizing a complete plant protein that is nutrient-dense for immunity. Some may not even know just how powerful it really is.
The Oldest, Most Nutritious Food
One of the world’s healthiest foods actually grows in lakes. You might call it algae, but the aquatic plant spirulina packs a powerful nutritional punch.
Spirulina is a deep green aquatic plant and a nutritious dietary supplement. It grows in water with a high pH (alkaline) and after it has been harvested, you can buy spirulina in tablet, flake, powder and liquid forms.
The Aztecs used it as a food source in 16th century Mexico, and the people of the Kanem empire ate it over a thousand years ago in ancient Chad.
It’s said that Spirulina became famous after it was successfully used by NASA as a dietary supplement for astronauts on space missions.1 And it’s still used to this day.
Spirulina: A Complete Protein
This complete superfood is so special because it contains an unusually high amount of complete protein, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.
Specifically, spirulina is packed with all these vital nutrients that may protect the body from illness and disease:1,2
- Beta-carotene: has 10 times the beta-carotene of carrots.
- Complete protein: is between 55 and 77% protein and contains all nine essential amino acids.
- Essential Fatty Acids: contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), one of the rarest essential fatty acids
- Vitamins. B vitamins, vitamin C and E are all present
- Minerals. is a rich source of potassium, as well as calcium, chromium, copper, iron and magnesium.
- Phytonutrients. is a great source of powerful plant-based nutrients that are just coming into the nutritional spotlight, including chlorophyll, polysaccharides, sulfolipids, and glycolipids.
The Many Benefits of Spirulina
Many people commonly use spirulina daily to help naturally detoxify their bodies, maintain a healthy weight, and boost their energy.
Studies have shown that spirulina may:
- have cardiovascular benefits primarily resulting from its hypolipidemic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities 3
- have anticancer, antiviral and antiallergic effects1
- modulate the immune system by its role in covering nutritional deficiencies1
- an active component polysaccharide, calcium spirulan (Ca-Sp) may inhibit replication of viruses such as Herpes simplex type I, human cytomegalovirus, measles and mumps virus, influenza A virus and human immunodeficiency virus-1 virus (HIV-1)
- lower cholesterol and have an effect on diabetes1
A UC Davis study even found that adding spirulina to cultured immune system cells significantly increased the production of infection-fighting proteins known as cytokines. “Cytokines are good because they stimulate cells that target cells that target certain pathogens,” or disease-causing organisms, said Judy Van de Water, an associate professor of rheumatology, allergy and clinical immunology at UC Davis. “The more of these cells you have, the more attack forces you have It’s like building up your army,” she said.
A rich protein source that digests easily, detoxifies, and supports cellular health.
Many of our customers ask for a protein supplement that is a reliable and safe source of energy, but also gentler and cleansing to the body. Body Ecology’s Super Spirulina Plus is a superfood made from all-organic and all-fermented ingredients. Spirulina, quinoa, millet, brown rice, chickpeas, and seeds have been fermented with live, naturally-occurring beneficial microflora. All of the nutrients in this amazing food are predigested by the Lactobacillus microbes and are easily utilized by the body.
THE POWERFUL PROTEIN SOURCES IN SUPER SPIRULINA PLUS: 50% Spirulina, chick peas, biodynamic rice, flax seed, alfalfa seed, millet, and quinoa. Read more about their benefits below.
Who can use Super Spirulina Plus?
Super Spirulina Plus is an incredibly energizing, nutrient dense powder that is perfect for people who are:
- Beginning a detoxification program
- Fighting infection and disease
- Boosting the immune system for prevention
- Looking for a safe way to enhance their energy and health
- Following an organic or vegan diet
- Very active and who need to replenish often and well
Benefits of Super Spirulina Plus
Spirulina, the primary source of protein in Super Spirulina Plus, is an ancient super food. It is 60-70% protein by weight, a complete protein source, and rich in vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, & other nutrients. However, it’s difficult to digest and assimilate in its raw form, so this amazing powdered supplement is the optimal way to be sure you are getting all of the health benefits it contains!
Extensive research has shown it to be a truly remarkable food source, with its phenomenally high protein content and rich reserves of many vital nutrients, including vitamin B12 (essential for vegetarians).1 Spirulina also contains a formidable array of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements together with rare, unsaturated fats including gamma- linolenic acid.1
Many of the densely concentrated nutrients in Spirulina may help protect our bodies from stress and toxins. Scientific studies have shown that it supports immune function, T-cell proliferation and antibody production.4
Spirulina is known to contain phytonutrients with strong antioxidant properties which support cellular health by protecting the cell membranes and DNA from damage by reactive oxygen radicals. Many of the health benefits can be obtained from eating large amounts of certain fruits and vegetables. However, spirulina has all of these properties rolled into one.
Studies have shown that Spirulina can:1,3
• Help your body fight infection • Inhibit allergic reactions • Destroy infected cells • Prevent a cytokine storm • Lower your Cholesterol • Raise your HDL (good cholesterol) levels • Boost the immune system
More on what’s inside Super Spirulina Plus:
Chick Peas: a great source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. In addition, their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. When combined with whole grains such as rice, chick peas provide virtually fat-free, high quality protein.
Biodynamic Rice: contains high levels of insoluble fiber and contributes B vitamins — folic acid and pyridoxine — iron and potassium. Rice also contains the B vitamin thiamine, which is present in the brain. An excellent source of complex carbohydrates.
Flax Seed: is high in essential fatty acids and is a healing mucilage. Flax seed can be good for the bowel system, soothe cramps and heal inflammation. It provides Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils.
Alfalfa Seeds: a good source of Vitamins B1, B2, niacin, calcium, iron and is an excellent source of protein. Alfalfa seed has a percentage protein by weight of 35% as opposed to lean beef, which has 28% protein by weight.
Millet: is the richest in protein of all the grains. It is also rich in sillica, which is also good for hair, nails and skin. Of all the cereals, millet contains the highest level of iron. Millet also contains magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and other minerals, along with vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and small amounts of C.
Quinoa: has an almost perfect amino acid composition, a high content of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron & a low sodium content.
100% fermented to magnify bio-availability. All vegan, kosher and organic.
No Artificial Colorings, Flavorings or Preservatives.
Each container contains up to 60 servings.
- Karkos, P. D., Leong, S. C., Karkos, C. D., Sivaji, N., & Assimakopoulos, D. A. (2011). Spirulina in clinical practice: evidence-based human applications. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2011, 531053. https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nen058
- Spirulina: Nutrition Facts & Health Benefits. Livescience.com. Retrieved June 1, 2020 from https://www.livescience.com/48853-spirulina-supplement-facts.html
- Deng, R., & Chow, T. J. (2010). Hypolipidemic, antioxidant, and antiinflammatory activities of microalgae Spirulina. Cardiovascular therapeutics, 28(4), e33–e45. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1755-5922.2010.00200.x
- Matufi F, Maghsudi H & Choopani A. (2020) Spirulina and Its Role in Immune System: A Review. J Immunol Res Ther, 5(1): 204-211. Retrieved June 1, 2020 from https://www.scitcentral.com/article/16/1290/Spirulina-and-Its-Role-in-Immune-System:-A-Review
- UC Davis Study Shows Spirulina Boosts Immune System, UCDavis.edu