Spirulina is ranked by AARP as the #1 superfood for extending your lifespan, and the UN has identified it as a primary easy accessible food in the fight against malnutrition worldwide. One of the outstanding benefits of spirulina is its protein content—it’s up to 70 percent protein by weight and contains all of the essential amino acids.
Spirulina is not a sea vegetables such as dulse, kelp, nori, kombu, arame, wakame. Spirulina is actually more nutritious, it grows quickly in sweet water and can be cultivated and harvested in many parts on earth. Commercial production of spirulina is estimated to reach 220,000 tons by the year 2020 (source: Dr. Mercola). Traditionally it has been consumed by the Aztecs, we know because there are recipes available, and also in Africa around Lake Chad. (i will publish shortly more recipes with spirulina).
Along with chlorella, spirulina is a member of the “blue-green” family—cyanobacteria . Unlike other bacteria, they have chlorophyll and use the sun as an energy source, in the way plants and algae do, therefore it is often called “blue-green algae”.
- Spirulina has high natural iodine, which protects the thyroid and all glandular tissues in your body.
- Spirulina is high in phytopigments (phycocyanin, chlorophyll, beta-carotene and other carotenoids), which reduce free radical damage from radiation, as well as from pollutants, drugs and other environmental toxins.
- Spirulina is abundant in vitamins and minerals and antioxidants, which collectively promote healing and strengthen the immune system. (B vitamins (including B-12), beta-carotene and other carotenoids, and minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, manganese, potassium and zinc. It is also a great source of gamma-linoleic acid.
- Spirulina is high in metallo-thionine compounds (proteins combined with metals) that bind heavy radioactive isotopes and eliminate them from your body (Matsubara et al. “Radioprotective effect of metallo-thionine,” presented at Radial Rays Conference, Tokyo Japan 1985)
- Scientists at the Gastro-Intestinal Laboratory at McGill University in Montreal demonstrated that alginates derived from Laminaria could reduce up to 80 percent the amount of radioactive strontium absorbed through the intestine.
- Spirulina is rich in highly bioavailable iron, which helps prevent anemia. A study published in the journal Cellular and Molecular Biology, Jan 2011 confirms this effect, finding spirulina effective in the treatment of anemia and age-related immune dysfunction among senior citizens.
- Spirulina has a number of blood-strengthening properties. Immune cells in your blood are highly radiosensitive.
- Spirulina helps to protect your kidneys, which are some of the FIRST organs to suffer damage after significant radiation exposure.
But what is it about spirulina that explains its ability to protect from the damaging effects of ionizing radiation?
One of the explanations is cyanobacteria’s unique blue pigment, phycocyanin. Spirulina is 16 percent phycocyanin by weight. Besides being a pigment, phycocyanin is also a nitrogen storage molecule. The nitrogen atoms bind with heavy metals, such as radioactive caesium-137, strontium-90, and potassium-40, hence “cleansing” these radioactive metals from the body.
Thank you Spirulina!!!