Spirulina, is a moss-like blue green algae that grows on top of lakes or specially designed ponds. Called spirulina because of its spiral shape, it is one of the oldest inhabitants of the planet, spirulina has been described as one of the most powerful foods on earth and thought to be the richest vegetarian source of all the nutrients the body needs to stay active and healthy.
The exact origin of spirulina is still unexplained, but it is known to have appeared 3.6 million years ago so has years of evolutionary wisdom coded into its DNA. Spirulina has been a rich source of nourishment to many cultures including America, Africa and the Middle East since ancient times. The first documented report on spirulina dates back to the 16th century. Spirulina is believed to have been a nutritional source for the Aztecs and Mesoamericans.
1) Spirulina is high in chlorophyll and has a very high vegetable protein level, up to 65% almost 3 to 4 times more than fish or beef, it has been described as a complete food source and said to contain over 100 types of nutrient. The nutrients in spirulina are highly absorbable as it contains no cellulose in its cell walls.
2) It is a protein powerhouse as spirulina contains 18 of the 22 amino acids required by the body including all 8 essential amino acids.
3) Great for the blood, Spirulina contains vitamins C, and E, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, potassium, sodium, phosphorus and iron which is essential in forming red blood cells, also beneficial to pregnant women or people with anaemia.
4) Energy boosting, Spirulina will give you more energy and a greater resistance to disease, helped by the powerful antioxidants beta-carotene and Vitamin E, both found in abundance in spirulina.
5) The good fats are to be found in spirulina as it is a good source of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) The good fats our body needs to keep a healthy heart, nervous system and brain. The gama linolenic acid (GLA) in spirulina dissolves fat deposits, helping to prevent heart problems, lower blood pressure  and reducing ‘bad cholesterol’.
6) As a true alkaline food source – Spirulina helps balance the body’s pH. When the body is acidic it will pull alkaline minerals from the bones to keep the pH balanced.
7) Spirulina has cleansing properties, and can be used to detoxify the liver and kidneys, as well as cleanse the arteries, It can help with weight loss as it contains high amounts of phenylalanine an amino acid which curbs appetite.
TOP FACT: It is said that NASA use spirulina for Astronauts and plan to grow and harvest it in space stations. NASA also state that the nutritional value of 1000 kg of fruits and vegetables equals one kg of spirulina.
On a World level, if we care about our planet and our future generations, there has got to be a huge shift in the way we, as a population, feed ourselves. Whilst reading the many books I have on Spirulina the following stats shocked me, taken from the book Earth Food Spirulina by Robert Henrickson.
Land area and water needed to produce 1kg of Protein:
Soya Beans (34% protein) Land area 16  sq meters – Water  9,000 litres
Corn (9% protein) Land area 22 sq meters – Water  12,500 litres
Grain fed beef (20% protein)  Land area  190  sq meters – Water  105,000 litres
Spirulina (65% protein) Land area 0.6 sq meters – Water  2,100 litres
As you will see an astronomical amount of the worlds natural resources goes on providing food sources, namely soy, corn and beef, that has little nutritional value or benefit.
BUT, there is hope…. The following is taken from a statement by Director General Iisam, head of delegation to the UN Economics and Social council in May 2008:
“We envision that the development agencies and the international community join our endeavor to use Spirulina as an intervention tool of both policy and practical relevance to fortify food so that the nutritional benefits associated with Spirulina can be delivered to the neediest.”
Where can I get it from?
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Spirulina is available in 2 forms as a powder supplement and as tablets. It is also available from most good health food stores and online.  Spirulina powder is recommended when adding to juices or smoothies, and tablets are recommended for those that don’t like the taste or for people doing weight training who want to take higher quantities of these branch chain amino acids in pure form to help with muscle growth and repair.
Author: Carol Brace – Natural Juice Therapist
Spirulina – The most powerful food on Earth by BV Umesh ISBN 10:81-7806-040
Superfoods for Optimum Health: Chlorella and spirulina by Mike Adams Truth Publishing
Earth Food Spirulina by Robert Henrikson ISBN 0-9623111-0-3

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