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Spirulina – A Miracle Food? 

What is spirulina and why is it worth incorporating into your diet? These are questions which invariably cross the mind of those unfamiliar with one of the most nutritious substances on Earth. 

Spirulina is a naturally occurring blue-green algae typically known as ‘pond scum’. While that nickname is unlikely to magnetise your interest, spirulina is actually a fantastic all-round supplement. 

High in protein and a rich source of antioxidants, spirulina benefits are numerous – little wonder athletes, nutritionists and personal trainers are singing its praises. Available in both powder and tablet form, spirulina is deservingly known as a natural superfood.

The Benefits of Spirulina

The benefits of spirulina can be attributed to the dense nutrition it provides. The algae is composed over over 60% protein and boasts no less than 15 vitamins and minerals. It also contains a complete spread of 9 essential amino acids, making it one of the plant kingdom’s few examples of a ‘complete protein’.

In addition, spirulina contains gamma linolenic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and chlorophyll, a natural plant chemical often referred to as “plant blood.”

Further nutrients include folic acid, beta-carotene, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and K, and minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium. In fact, spirulina contains more calcium, per gram, than milk! Its iron content, meanwhile, is 20 times that of spinach.

Foodtopia Spirulina 

Foodtopia’s Organic Spirulina originates from uncontaminated ponds found in remote farms in rural Inner Mongolia. No binders, fillers, coatings or preservatives are added to the spirulina, and the isolated location of the farms and the greenhouse habitat means the spirulina is protected from any possible environmental pollution.

Foodtopia Spirulina is supplied in 180 500mg tablets and the suggested serving is 6 tablets per day. To start out, take two tables with food three times a day. When you feel like your stomach can handle full dosages, you can take all 6 tablets at once. The tablets can also be blended with fruits and coconut water for a nutrient-packed spirulina smoothie.

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Spirulina (or Cyanobacteria) is a blue green algae that has similar properties to both plants and animals. Spirulina has the ability to photosynthesise like plants and form many complex glycoproteins such as are formed in animal species.

Glycoproteins are proteins that have sugars attached to them and perform many important jobs such as supporting the immune, digestive and reproductive systems. Spirulina contains 60% crude protein, B vitamins, zeaxanthin, phenylalanine, iron and other minerals.

Iron found in Spirulina is highly bioavailable to humans and as much as 1.5-2mg of iron can be absorbed from a dose of spirulina.

Phenylalanine is an amino acid which is biologically converted to L-tyrosine, a different amino acid which then is converted to L-DOPA, which is finally converted into dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine, the latter three being catecholamines.

C-phycocyanin is a constituent of spirulina and is thought to have anti-inflammatory actions and antioxidant effects.

There is evidence to suggest that spirulina may increase secretory IgA in the gastrointestinal tract without increasing IgG or IgE. This effect may decrease the risk of food allergies, inhibit mast cell-mediated allergic reactions and may increase immune function by increasing the activity of macrophages and phagocytosis. (Hayashi et al 1998; Hayashi et al 1994; Mao et al 2005)

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Take two tablets three times per day.

*Do not take spirulina if you have an autoimmune disease because of its immune stimulating properties. Concurrent use of spirulina may interfere with immunosuppressive therapy. (Lee and Werth 2004; Hayashi et al 1994)

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