Spirulina is a microscopic freshwater plant that grows in America, Mexico and Central Africa. Spirulina contains an unusually high amount of protein, between 55% and 77% by dry weight, depending upon the source.
It contains more bio-chelated organic iron than any other whole-food. Bio-chelated means that the iron will easily be assimilated into the body. Spirulina has 58 times the iron of raw spinach and 28 times that of raw beef liver.
Spirulina contains more beta-carotene than any other whole food (25x richer in beta-carotene than carrots). Natural beta-carotene is far superior to synthetic, both chemically and physically since it absorbs better into the body than synthetic derivatives.
Spirulina is the richest source of natural antioxidants of any whole-food source. It contains every natural known antioxidant including zinc, manganese, selenium and copper, the amino acid methionine, vitamin E, vitamins B-1 and B-6, the amino acid methionine and of course, beta-carotene. It is rich in chlorophyll, much richer than wheat grass and alfalfa.
Spirulina contains more Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) than any other whole-food source. Spirulina is also a rich source of potassium, and also contains calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, and zinc. Phycocyanin, which is the natural blue pigment of Spirulina, is not found in any other food.
The single most important factor in determining the effectiveness of any nutritional supplement, is the bodyâ€™s ability to absorb those nutrients. Most multi-vitamin/mineral formulations are predominately laboratory synthesised… clinical studies have shown that organic nutrients are absorbed up to 16x more effectively than synthetic ones-– www.synergynatural.com
So basically spirulina is one of natures best sources of multivitamins!
Last year I often felt lethargic so I decided to supplement my diet with iron tablets. I soon found out that the colour of my stools changed to a very dark brown, almost black colour. Iron tablets are very cheap essentially because they’re nothing more than Ferrous Sulphate. Having a strong science background, I just don’t think popping many different types of synthetic pills separately does the same job because they’re not as soluble in the body as molecular complexes are, so I soon gave them up.
Spirulina capsules are now the only health supplement I bother to take because our family does not eat red meat very often (less than once a week). I have been taking sprulina most days for the last 3 months or so (up to 5 capsules per day) and I seem to have a bit more energy than before. I still don’t think it can replace a well-balanced diet, but as far as natural supplements go, I think this is one of the best forms out there.