Saturday, December 10, 2011

Spirulina: the latest and greatest superfood yet?

Spirulina: the latest and greatest superfood yet? spirulina tablets: the most nutritious natural wholefood gram per gram in the world.

Spirulina is a microalga native to alkaline lakes in hot climates. Spirulina is the most nutritious wholefood rich in natural vitamins (not synthetic), minerals and antioxidants and contains no sugars, and is low in fat, saturates and calories. 

Spirulina has large amounts of pro-Vitamin A necessary for good skin, eyes and the immune system. Spirulina contains Vitamin B12 necessary for the normal structure and function of the brain and neurological system.

Spiralyne spirulina has many phytonutrients; it is 31 times more powerful than blueberries and 60 times more powerful than spinach.

If you compare the nutrients in Spiralyne spirulina tablets to other foods you will find it has;

·         290% more calcium than whole milk
·         830% more protein than tofu
·         4500% more beta carotene than carrots
·         8000% more iron than spinach [1]
(Based on a typical analysis of Spiralyne spirulina and the above foods).

Furthermore, there is more antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity in 3 grams of spirulina than in five servings of fruits and vegetables [2]. It is for these reasons and others that spirulina is called a superfood and is said to be ‘the most nutritious natural wholefood known to man’.

Spirulina can prevent malnutrition; an issue that doesn’t only affects poorer countries. Healthy eating is an issue that affects many of people in the U.K. The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition estimate that at least 3 million people in the UK alone are suffering or at risk of malnutrition. Spirulina can help many people by ensuring their intake of many of the nutrients required.

In fact, spirulina’s remarkable nutritional properties have attracted interest from space agencies like NASA and the European Space Agency that have been researching spirulina to feed to their astronauts in space.

Spirulina has other properties that are even more special; it contains a variety of antioxidants such as beta-carotene and C-Phycocyanin that inhibit the damage caused to the body (DNA, RNA and cell structures) by free radicals. A Japanese study on spirulina isolated a ‘new’ compound named ‘calcium spirulan’ that is highly effective fighting infectious diseases supporting the immune system.

To find out more about the remarkable properties of spirulina, please visit: http://www.spiralyne.co.uk

[1] www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/
[2] Moorhead K, Capelli B, Cysewski G (2005), Nature's Superfood: Spirulina ISBN #0-9637511-3-1

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