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)