Spirulina is found in fresh water, saltwater oceans & natural springs and was one of the food sources used by the Aztecs.
It contains essential omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA & DHA. It is a blue green algae that fish get their omega 3 from. It is also a rich source of essential omega-6 fat GLA.
It also provides nucleic acids (DNA & RNA) that provide a high amount of raw materials for DNA repair. It is a rich source of B vitamin methylating agents such as B6 and folic acid. Spirulina has a huge amount of anti-oxidant phytonutrient anthocyanins. These anthocyanins are renowned for their powerful anti-carcinogenic properties.
Spirulina has strong anti-microbial effects that help create balance in the gut flora. It does this by controlling the growth of pathogenic bacteria and yeasts in the digestive system. This is critical for optimal digestion and nutritional absorption. Additionally, it is a very important part of detoxification through the bowel systems.
Its high content of chlorophyll cleanses the blood and helps rebuild red blood cells, as well as providing an absorbable form of magnesium which together oxygenate the blood stream removing organic toxins.
Spirulina contains polysaccharides that act to improve the functional productivity of the bone marrow, thymus and spleen cells. It contains phycocyanin and allophycocyanin which increase white blood cell counts.
Spirulina is also the world’s best source of the anti-oxidant powerhouse superoxide dismutase (SOD). The superoxide molecule is one of the most tissue damaging substances within the body. SOD is a biological adaptation specifically designed to destroy the superoxide radical and to protect against any subsequent tissue damage. Inadequate superoxide dismutase formation leads to tissue degeneration. It is also said to help allergy sufferers. Disease-fighting dose: 20 grams / day
I have found this to be so energy-boasting and highly recommend it to anyone suffering from fatigue.
Warning: Be careful where you source your Spirulina – make sure it is never from a lake. Buy Certified Organic spirulina (so it is free of herbicides, pesticides, preservatives, stabilizers, heavy metals or arsenic) and that it is a pure strain – so that it is sure not to produce BMAA (a toxin linked to neurodegenerative disease found in some algae) or Microcystin -damaging to the liver and other parts of the body). It is also important to avoid Spirulina produced in Japan due to the radiation, as spirulina absorbs everything in the air in which it grows. The same goes for China; as farms growing spirulina there have been found to be located next to factories and in highly polluted areas.