In an important way, there’s nothing strange in the fact that we see protein as valuable, because it is. Along with fat and carbohydrate, it is one of the three basic macronutrients, and arguably the most important. We could survive without carbohydrates, but fat and protein are essential. Protein is the only macronutrient to contain nitrogen, without which we cannot grow or reproduce, as previously mentioned. Here Dr. Joseph Mercola, Mercola.com, reflects on the many benefits of spirulina:
“Imagine a plant that can provide most of the protein you need for health, help prevent the sniffling and sneezing of allergies, reinforce your immune system, combat inflammation, help you control high blood pressure and protect against stroke and cancer. Does such a “superfood” exist?
Yes. It’s called spirulina. As noted in a 1993 scientific review of spirulina’s benefits in the Journal of Applied Phycology:1
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“Many preclinical studies and a few clinical studies suggest several therapeutic effects ranging from reduction of cholesterol and cancer to enhancing the immune system, increasing intestinal lactobacilli, reducing nephrotoxicity by heavy metals and drugs and radiation protection.”
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Unlike plants you may grow in your garden, this “miracle” plant is a form of blue-green algae that grows in warm, freshwater and saltwater. It’s a simple, one-celled organism that got its name from the Latin word for helix, meaning spiral, because of its spring-like physical characteristic. Its scientific name is Arthrospira platensis, and it belongs to the cyanobacteria family.
What Are the Health Benefits of Spirulina?
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Throughout the years, various studies have been conducted regarding spirulina’s potential health benefits. Their findings have revealed that spirulina may help:
- Protect against HIV infection of T-helper cells (because of its amino acid content)
- Fight inflammation
- Provide allergy relief
- Maintain cardiovascular health and control high blood pressure levels
- Enhance brain health and reduce stroke risk
- Combat candida overgrowth, promote a healthy gut microbiome and boost immune system health
- Reduce cancer risk and protect against nephrotoxicity of cancer treatments
- Treat chronic arsenic poisoning
- Shield the body from the effects of radiation
- Inhibit viral production
- Boost muscle strength and endurance
- Promote better blood and bone marrow health
- Support eye health
- Enhance liver health
A Quick History of Spirulina
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The use of spirulina as a food source dates all the way back to ninth century Chad and it is believed spirulina was used by the Aztecs in 16th century Mexico.2 Historical records report the selling of cakes made from spirulina harvested from Lake Texcoco. The dried flat cakes called “dihé” were a staple for many meals.
Spirulina didn’t come into commercial production until the 1970s, when a French company began the first large-scale spirulina production plant. Within a few years, America and Japan began producing their own spirulina.
Today, spirulina is being seriously considered as a sustainable food source with the potential to end world hunger, due to its nutritional profile and unique ability to withstand extreme temperature variations and neglect. The United Nations has identified it as a primary ingredient in the fight against malnutrition worldwide.3
In the report “Sustainable Approaches to Combat Malnutrition,”4 economist Urs Heierli, Ph.D., a former country director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Bangladesh and India, notes that a single gram of spirulina per day can correct malnutrition in a child within a matter of a few weeks.
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Spirulina is so nutritionally dense, NASA and the European Space Agency are researching the benefits of incorporating spirulina into astronauts’ diets on spaceships and possible missions to Mars.5,6,7
Beyond nutrition, spirulina also offers multiple environmental advantages. For instance, producing spirulina requires 10 times less water than other vegetables, and harvests occur year-round.
Spirulina Nutrition Facts
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Although spirulina is often described as blue-green algae, it is technically a type of cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are classified as bacteria because their genetic material is not organized in a membrane-bound nucleus. Unlike other bacteria, they have chlorophyll and use the sun as an energy source, in the way plants and algae do.
One of the special traits of spirulina is its rich protein content. It’s 50 to 70 percent protein by weight (which is even better than red meat, which is about 27 percent protein). You would need to consume only 2 tablespoons of spirulina as a protein substitute for a meal. Fifteen to 20 percent of its weight is carbohydrates.
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It also contains 18 different amino acids, including all of the essential amino acids and 10 of the 12 nonessential ones, as well as sulfolipids, which may be protective against HIV infection of T-helper cells.8 Spirulina also contains:
• Vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins and vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, manganese, potassium and zinc
• Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an important fatty acid for heart and joints
• Antioxidant chlorophyll and carotenoids
• Metallothionein compounds (proteins combined with metals that bind heavy radioactive isotopes) and the phytopigment phycocyanin — a pigment protein complex from that light-harvesting phycobiliprotein family; an accessory pigment to chlorophyll, and a close chemical relative to bilirubin (see next section).
Aside from imparting spirulina’s distinctive bluish color, 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 aiding in the elimination of these radioactive metals from your body
The Spirulina-Bilirubin Connection
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James DiNicolantonio, coauthor of my upcoming book, “Superfuel,” recently published a groundbreaking paper, “Antioxidant Bilirubin Works in Multiple Ways to Reduce Risk for Obesity and Its Health Complications.” He notes that in mammalian cells, phycocyanobilin is converted into phycocyanorubin, a compound nearly identical to bilirubin, a breakdown product of red blood cells (heme) and the chemical responsible for the yellow color of bruises, urine and jaundice.”
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