Superfood: Spirulina

Foodie Friday: Spirulina Supplements

Hello People!

I just bought my first bottle of Spirulina the other day.  My feelings about it have been mixed.  It isn’t really a food, it isn’t really a snack, it isn’t really a treat: it’s a supplement.  I think supplements are nice, but……not entirely necessary.  They are meant to supplement an already healthy life style and just give your system a healthy kick in the pants.  I also see supplements as a sort of insurance policy against the environment and genetic pre-dispositions.  They can help ward off illness and sicknesses that you may be prone to getting without them.

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So what exactly is Spirulina and why would I want to ingest such an odd thing?  First off, let me say that my source of info is from an app I bought for my iPad called “Superfood HD”.  It has come in handy for several things and I think it tells the truth.  If you don’t believe the claims that I list here, you are always welcome to research them yourself and let me know if you find anything different. I would really want to know!  So far, I trust this source. Here are the claims:

SPIRULINA

  • It packs more concentrated vegetable nutrition than any other whole food known
  • It has the most complete assortment of nutrients and health promoting properties of any food known to man
  • Was used as a food source for the Aztecs until the 16th century
  • Has been used in the country of Chad as far back as the 9th century
  • It contains 60% protein
  • It is a complete protein in that it contains all essential amino acids, making it superior to typical plant protein
  • It has the potential to reverse the advance of viral infections, herpes in particular
  • It stimulates the immune system to increase the number of natural killer cells, macrophages, and T-cells; all of these cells work to specifically pinpoint and eradicate foreign pathogens and viruses
  • Purifies the blood by increasing the oxygen carrying capabilities of the blood due to a high concentration of phycocyanin and chlorophyll
  • Has a powerful source of Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), a long-chain Omega-6 fatty acid, which the body uses to reduce inflammation associated w/ pain in the joints, to grow lush, thick hair, build stronger nails and beautiful supple skin
  • Is very high in the amino acids (sulphur based) Cysteine and Methionine. These are protein building blocks that help the liver and nervous system remove toxins from the body quickly and without further damage.
  • It can cleanse and create a detoxification of our bodies from causes of stress
  • Best source of vitamin B-12 *
  • Contains 10 times more beta-carotene than carrots
  • Easy to digest **

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* I have heard that this form of B-12 is unavailable to our bodies because in its form in the algae it cannot be broken down in our bodies, therefore de-bunking the myth that vegans and vegetarians hold for getting this essential vitamin without the need for eating animal products (the only source of B-12 that our bodies can digest and use and is essential for life; without it the side-effects are nasty and usually develop over time after many years of depletion).

** From what I have experienced, I would not recommend taking the dose recommended on the package at first.  Build up to it over time.  There is a bit of bowel grumbling and gas in the beginning, but supposedly wears off over time.  It also can make a person constipated – EW!

So, I have a bottle and it says to take 6 tablets a day.  It doesn’t indicate all at once or in 2 tablet increments.  I am only on 1 a day and will work from there.  With all of those claims listed above, it seems a shame not take advantage of something so powerfully amazing.  One more claim, I also heard that it was used in the treatment of burn and explosion victims in Chernobyl. Enough said.

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