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29 August 2013


What is spirulina?
Spirulina is a tiny blue-green alga in the shape of a perfect spiral coil. Biological speaking, it is one of the
oldest inhabitants of the planet. It’s classified as cyanobacteria and has characteristics of both plant and bacteria and appeared on the earth 3.6 billion years ago. Spirulina is grown naturally in mineral-rich alkaline lakes which can be found on every continent often near volcanoes.

Spirulina as superfood
Spirulina is called a superfood because its nutrient content is more potent than any other food on the earth. Spirulina does not have a cell wall made of cellulose, thereby making it easily digestible. Moreover, spirulina has got no side effects and is non-toxic in nature. “Spirulina has the most nutrient in comparison with all other green superfoods, like chlorella, barley green, and wheatgrass.
According to medical scientists, spirulina is the most complete, balanced, concentrated and most nutritious food on earth, more than any plants, grains, herbs and foods combined.

Some amazing facts of spirulina
Spirulina is nature’s richest whole-food source of:
·         Complete vegetable protein (65-70% by dry weight) with all essential amino acids, which is 90% digestible. It has got 6 times more protein than eggs and grains, 3 times more than fish and peanuts & 20 times more than milk.
·         Spirulina contains vitamins B-12. Ti is 2-3 times richer than meat and fish. Vitamins B-12 is the most difficult vitamins to obtain from plant sources; it is good for vegetarians. B-12 is necessary for the development of RBC B-12 is essential for normal growth and neurological function; a deficiency causes fatigue and moodiness, and eventually neurological damage.
·         Spirulina contains 26 times more calcium than milk and a good supply of niacin and phosphorus.
·         Spirulina contains Iron. It is 58 times richer then spinach and 28 times richer than raw beef liver.
·         Spirulina contains vitamins E. it is 3 times richer than raw wheat germ, and its biological activity is 49% greater than synthetic vitamin E.
·         Spirulina contains Beta-carotene (Pro-vitamin A). It is 15 times richer than carrots & spinach.
Spirulina Capsules
·         spirulina contains a variety of practically every natural antioxidant is known, including the antioxidant vitamins B-1, B-5, and B-6, the minerals zinc, manganese, copper, amino acid and the super antioxidant β-carotene, vitamin E, and the traces element selenium.
·         Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). It is only known food, other than mother’s milk, with a concentrated source of GLA.
·         Spirulina also contains high levels of the phytonutrients which are thought to play an important role in the prevention of cancer and heart disease. Phytonutrients give quick energy without any ill effect on the pancreas.
·         Chlorophyllin spirulina is act as a natural detoxifying agent, helping the body to speed the cleansing of toxins, combined with its ability to boost the immune system, makes spirulina one of the most powerful foods in the entire world.
·         Sulfolipids in spirulina can prevent viruses from attaching to a cell or preventing them, thus preventing viral infection; they are ‘remarkably active’ against the AIDS virus, according to the NCL.
1.       The United Nation Organization (UNO) in its world food conference of 1974 declared spirulina as ‘the best food for tomorrow.’
2.       World Health Organization (WHO) has hailed spirulina ‘the greatest superfood on earth.’
3.       Upon testing it NASA scientist found 1 kg of spirulina nutritionally equal to 1000 kg of assorted vegetables.
4.       “Spirulina won the Beat Natural food award” in west Germany International Food Exposition, 1983.
5.       “spirulina is a Medicine Food” (Russian patent 19 RU 11200-5486, 1994)

Health benefits of Spirulina
1.       Boosts the Immune System of all ages.
2.       Improves circulation for Cardiovascular Health.
3.       Provides Enzymes for Digestion.
4.       Promotes Gastrointestinal Health.
5.       Lowering the cholesterol level and Blood sugar.
6.       Stimulates Bone Marrow for Blood Production.
7.       Promotes Natural Cleansing and Detoxification.
8.       Supply Oxygen from Super Oxide Dismutase.
9.       Anti-Aging (slows down aging).
10.   Fight against weakness, stress/depression and strengthen the nervous system.
11.   Helps in Proper Hormone Production for body growth.
12.   Good for Pregnant women & Nursing mothers (prevents iron deficiency & increases lactation).
13.   Reduces Cancer Risk.
14.   One of the World’s Powerful Natural Anti-Oxidant.
15.   Spirulina is excellent for weight control and weight loss.
16.   Help in fighting a viral infection.
17.   Treating radiation sickness.
18.   Reduce kidney and liver toxicity from mercury, drugs and chemical pollution.
19.   Overcomes malabsorption and malnutrition.
20.   It contains thyroid supporting minerals such as iodine, amino acid, tyrosine, they form as thyroid hormones and effectively controls thyroid problems.
21.   Helps diminish allergies such as hay fever.
22.   Helps to keep the energy level very high in the organism.
23.   Enhance the development of eyesight.

Spirulina for health lovers, athletes and bodybuilders
Athletes and bodybuilders need extra nutrition because conventional foods no longer contain the nutrients they once had; concentrated superfoods have become popular. Taken before jogging or athletic competition, gym, athletes say it delivers energy and improves stamina. It increases the stamina of marathon runners, travelers, cyclists, and mountain climbers who carry all their food tablets for more energy and stamina per weight than conventional foods.
Spirulina contains GLA which is known to stimulate prostaglandins, master hormones which regulate every cell of the body, including heart, skin, circulation and musculature. Correct prostaglandin levels are necessary for good health and performance.
Proteins are essential for proper stamina training, and are needed to regenerate body tissue, providing the framework for muscles, tendons, and blood hemoglobin. It is more beneficial for bodybuilders because spirulina offers 65% easy-to-digest complete vegetable protein and low in fat and cholesterol. Spirulina also contains all the amino acids which are most required for them. It is perfect Natural Dietary Supplement for bodybuilders and athletes. Taken before meals it can satisfy the desire for food and helps to reduce caloric intake, which is essential for maintaining competitive weight.
World Class and Olympic athletes in China, Cuba, and USA use spirulina to improve performance and stamina. At the largest Chinese training center for over 2000 athletes, trainers report it improves recovery for all athletes and boosts the immune system. In US spirulina is by athletes who lead highly active lives, both physically and intellectually.
“Always use natural and safe dietary supplement for health and energy”

Spirulina for children, pregnant and nursing mothers
                Children need essential vitamins and minerals for their proper body growth. Being a superfood, spirulina contains all the Dietary components in optimum proportion to support for their Growth and development.
Nutrition during pregnancy is especially important. Iron deficiency anemia in mother and children is the most prevalent nutritional disorder. Pregnant women need spirulina’s extra easy-to-digest protein and bioavailable iron, without more saturated fats. In India, Vietnam, China, and USA it is prescribed for pregnant and nursing mothers because it is 100% natural and safe.

Enjoy this green Superfood every day
                Regardless of your personal self strategy, people who take it each day report the most health benefits, whether it is for energy, building, cleansing, or dieting. One additional benefit you may notice from regular use is more beautiful skin and a healthy body. We need all the protection we can get from eating the right foods like spirulina.

How to use spirulina?
                Spirulina is a perfectly safe natural food that provides quick energy and nourishment. Spirulina powder can be added in milk, fruit, or vegetable juice or to dishes to enhance nutritional content. It is tasty in soups, salads, pasta, and bread. Do not cook spirulina, as this affects its nutritional value. Spirulina capsules are convenient to take at any time a day.

                Data from long-time consumption and scientific evidence both suggest that 1-5 grams a day result
in significant health benefits. Take a spirulina every day for the best result, because it fulfills the entire requirement that the human body needs a frequently – asked question is whatever one can take too much spirulina? Spirulina is a safe natural food with no side effects. People who do a heavy exercise can take 10 gm up to three times a day or as per requirement. You can eat spirulina like food. If you eat “too much,” you will simply get full.
‘Contribute something for your health because health comes before wealth’

Spirulina Nutritional General Composition
(Typical Analysis per 10 grams)
Lipids (fats)
Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin A
Vitamin B1 thiamine
Vitamin B2 Riboflavin
Vitamin B3 Niacin
Vitamin B6
Vitamins B12
Vitamin D
1200 IU
Vitamin E
Vitamins K
6.4 mg
Folic acid
Pantothenic acid

80 mg
40 mg
15 mg
90 mg
160 mg
60 mg
0.5 mg
300 mcg
90 mcg
120 mcg
12 mcg
10 mcg


15 mg


100 mg

Total carotenoids
37 mg


1400 mg

Superoxide Dismutase


135 mg

200 mg


10 mg

Spirulina is also a rich source of enzymes, RNA, DNA, Sulfolipids, glycogen, and other potentially important nutrients.
Note: This profile may vary slightly, depending on production factors.
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