Spirulina – New Research on this Superfood

This is a reprint of an article published in NaturalNews.com link below.

Add Spirulina to Your Diet and Replace those Expensive Supplements

by Barbara Minton, Natural Health Editor, NaturalNews.com

“(NaturalNews) Spirulina is considered one of nature’s most perfect foods because it performs such a broad spectrum of activities in the body. Its nutritional profile shows it can replace many more expensive supplements, and its research profile reveals its dedication to promoting good health. Several animal studies have documented the ability of spirulina to arrest the development of cancer progression, reduce risk of cancer initiation, and boost the immune system. Spirulina has anti-viral and anti-allergic effects, and is a natural antihistamine. Recently, spirulina has been found effective at lowering the immune response when it has become overactive, a function that may make it effective against autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Spirulina’s credentials date back more than three billion years

Spirulina are microscopic coiled blue-green algae that have been around for the past 3.6 billion years or so. Spirulina and other blue-green algae were the generators of the oxygen found in the atmosphere that allowed higher life forms to evolve. These algae contain every nutrient needed by life to evolve into the diversity of life seen on earth today.

Documented use of spirulina dates back to the Aztecs who consumed it in Mexico over five centuries ago. In the recent past, millions of people around the world have used spirulina as a food supplement to their diets based on recommendations of the United Nations and the World Health Organization. Spirulina was chosen by NASA to enrich the diets of astronauts on space missions.

Spirulina is sustainable food, offering more nutrition per acre than any other food. It is able to provide 20 times more complete protein per acre than soybeans, and 200 times more per acre than beef. It contains the eight essential amino acids as well as ten non-essential amino acids, making it an excellent choice for anyone not consuming animal protein. It is rich in enzymes, chlorophyll, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorous. It is rich in B complex vitamins including B6, biotin, B12, pantothenic acid, folic acid, inositol, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine. It is a good source of essential fatty acids, including linoleic, and arachidonic acid. Spirulina contains 4,000 mg/kg of carotenoids as alpha and beta carotene, xanthophylis, cryptoxanthin, echinenone, zeaxanthin, and lutein.

The pigment that gives spirulina its blue cast is phycocyanin, found in a concentration of about seven percent. Phycocyanin is related to the human pigment bilirubin, which is important to healthy liver function and digestion of amino acids. Another pigment in spriulina is porphyrin, a red compound that forms the active nucleus of hemoglobin.

Spirulina is low in sodium and low in calories.

This nutritional profile, coupled with the ability of spirulina to be grown vertically as well as horizontally, makes spirulina a potential answer to the deepening world food crisis. On the individual level, spirulina’s nutrient density gives it the potential to replace many more costly individual supplements and expensive whole food multi vitamin capsules. The nutrients found in spirulina exist in natural harmony and integrity, making them much more highly bioavailable that those found in multi-vitamin and mineral capsules, or in supplements containing isolated nutrients. Many toxicological studies have proven spirulina’s safety, even when consumed in large amounts.

Study reveals spirulina’s power to suppress an overactive immune system

The study, reported in the December, 2008 issue of the journal Natural Medicine (Tokyo) was designed to test the ability of spirulina to modulate the immune system. The in vivo effect of spirulina on humoral immune response, cell-mediated immune response, and tumor necrosis factor alpha was investigated in mice. In vitro, its effect on induced T lymphocyte proliteration was analyzed.

The researchers found spirulina significantly inhibited the humoral immune response, cell mediated immune response reaction, and tumor necrosis factor alpha in the mice in a dose-dependent manner. In vitro, spirulina decreased the mitogen-induced T lymphocyte proliferation in a concentration-dependent manner when compared with controls. The scientists concluded that spirulina’s ability to suppress the immune response was remarkable.

Spirulina fights Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Spirulina restores the body to a state of high energy according to those who use it. The process may be through its high levels of polysaccharides and essential fatty acids. It is one of the few sources of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), providing 30 mg per serving. Spirulina may also boost energy through the lactobacillus in the intestinal tract, which aid in the release of nutrients from food, and enable the production of energy promoting Vitamin B6.

Spirulina is a powerful anti-inflammatory

The anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties of spirulina have been well documented. In a recent double-blind, controlled study, people with allergic rhinitis were fed daily with either a placebo or spirulina for twelve weeks. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were isolated before and after the spirulina feeding, and levels of inflammatory marking cytokines were measured. The researchers found that high doses of spirulina significantly reduced interleukin-4 levels by 32%, demonstrating its protective effect against allergic rhinitis.

Other studies have demonstrated the ability of spirulina to promote mucosal immunity, and improve the symptoms of nasal discharge, sneezing, nasal congestion, and itching. Production of Natural Killer (NK) cells in the body is increased by spirulina.

Spirulina contains 2250 units of superoxide dismutase (SOD), the powerful antioxidant made naturally by the body. As youth is left behind, levels of SOD decline and should be replenished by the diet to slow the aging process.

Spirulina found to cause regression of cancer

There have been few human studies to date using spirulina. Such studies looking for an endpoint of lower cancer incidence are usually based on review of data collected from longitudinal studies designed to provide information in several areas. They reflect existing behaviors and habits rather than the introduction of a substance to be studied.

In one trial with human subjects, the effects of spirulina on oral carcinogenesis were studied. Researchers found that 45 percent of their 77 subjects showed complete regression of leukoplakia, an oral cancerous conditions, after taking spirulina supplements for one year.

Several animal studies have revealed that spirulina produced tumor regression. The most recent of these, reported in the January 21 edition of Medical Oncology reported a study of male hamsters introduced to a potent carcinogen through their buccal pouches. They were divided in four groups. Group one received the carcinogen three times a week for 32 weeks. Group 2 received the same carcinogen and at the same time was given 10 mg daily of spirulina. Group 3 received a shorter exposure to the carcinogen and the same amount of spirulina. Group 4 had neither the carcinogen nor the spirulina administered. Hamsters were examined periodically throughout the 32 weeks of the study. Findings revealed a highly significant difference between the different groups, revealing that the spirulina intervention had a beneficial role in regression of cancer progression.

Spirulina is a potent antioxidant and body detoxifier

Spirulina contains a wealth of antioxidant vitamins C and E, as well as the antioxidant minerals selenium, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, and chromium. Its antioxidant capabilities have been shown to reduce the toxic effects of cadmium, and of free radicals generated by inflammatory processes. It has also been highly effective against mercuric chloride induced oxidative stress.

Spirulina has been found to reduce kidney toxicity resulting from heavy metals including mercury, and from pharmaceutical drugs. It has also been shown to promote the elimination of dioxin.

Spirulina promotes lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol

Studies with men in Japan and India showed that several grams of spirulina daily can reduce serum LDL and improve the cholesterol ratio. Human studies in Germany and India found a weight reduction effect from spirulina along with the cholesterol normalizing effects.

In a 2007 study reported in Lipids Health Digest, 36 human subjects ingested 4.5 grams of spirulina daily for six weeks without making any other modifications in their diets or lifestyles during the course of the study. After the six week period, total cholesterol concentrations and levels of body fat were lowered. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure was reduced.

Spirulina improves digestive tract health

Spirulina provides a tremendous boost to digestive functioning. When it is added to the diet, an improvement in regularity and elimination is almost immediate. Spirulina suppresses bacteria like e-coli, and stimulates beneficial flora to assure protection against infection and maximum nutrition from food that is eaten.

Spriulina flakes are now on the market

Spirulina has been available as powder or tablets. Now crystal flakes of spirulina are on the market, making adding spirulina to meals much easier. Flakes can be added to smoothies, or sprinkled on salads, pasta or popcorn. The flakes blend into guacamole, soups and sauces. Spirulina flakes contain all the nutrition of powdered spirulina and have been dried at low temperatures that protect enzymes.”

For more information:

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Your Krebs Cycle – Everyone Has One.

The Krebs cycle (TCA Cycle or Citric Acid Cycle) is our body’s energy production house and it makes the majority of energy in our body to keep us alive.

It is essential and without it we would not exist.

According to Krebs theory, the starch and sugar in the food we eat is converted into glucose, the fats are converted into fatty acids, and the protein in meat and beans is converted into more than 20 types of amino acids. All these nutrients must be combined with acetic acid (from vinegar) before they can enter the citric acid cycle. In this citric acid cycle, these nutrients are converted into energy (adenosine triphosphate, ATP) that can be utilised by the body. During the conversion process, the food is continuously converted into citric acid, which is then converted into cis-Acotinate, isocitrate, a -ketoglutarate, succinate, fumarate, malate and oxaloacetate. The cycle repeats itself when the acids are converted back to citric acid.

Maintaining this Krebs Cycle is very important, but the cycle cannot function properly if the body is tired or restricted by an improper diet. When the nutrients are not fully synthesised, the incomplete combustion residue will be converted into pyruvate, which will break down into lactic acid when exposed to hydrogen ion. The accumulation of lactic acid in the body results in muscle aches, pain in the nerves and lethargy. The accumulation of lactic acid in the blood stream results in an acidic body.

So how do you maintain a healthy Krebs Cycle?

The great news is, if you have a sluggish Krebs Cycle, you can now bring your health back on the right track by improving your Krebs Cycle by using a good energy accessory and supplementing with these natural herbal supplements:

Problem:-

All metabolic processes in your body need enzymes as catalysts. Although your body has the ability to produce its own, the amount of enzymes that your body can produce is not unlimited and depends on a daily intake from whole raw foods.

•  Eating cooked or heated foods, stress, exercise or just the act of breathing itself uses up the enzymes in your body.

•  The lack of enzymes will disturb and prevent your Krebs Cycle from running efficiently.

Solution:-

Replenish your body’s enzymes with Oriyen Bio N-Zymes, a comprehensive enzyme drink made from 85 types of fruits, vegetables, herbs and mushroom with 8 months of fermentation using advanced Japanese technology. It provides a host of multivitamins multi minerals and other nutrients that serves as cofactors in the Krebs Cycle.

Problem:-

Lack of organic acids causes a sluggish Kreb’s Cycle. Organic acids such as malic acid, acetic acid and citric acid are “fuel” to power up the Kreb’s Cycle, making you more energetic and less tired.

Solution:-

Supply your body with organic acids by taking Oriyen Mixed Vinegar and Oriyen Japanese Plum Balls.

– Oriyen Mixed Vinegar is made from apple cider and mixed grain vinegar. One tablet provides as much acetic acid as a whole lemon.

– Oriyen Plum Balls is made from Japanese Ume plums harvested when its organic acids content is at its peak. It’s rich in organic acid particularly citric acid and malic acid.

Most of the food we eat today – white rice, bread, sugar, meat and coffee a cause our bodies to be highly acidic.

Problem:-

An acidic body causes poor circulation and therefore less nutrients and oxygen are transported, absorbed, and utilised for metabolic process including the Kreb’s Cycle. This will cause the cycle to be sluggish, producing less energy and leaving you always drained of energy.

Solution: –

Alkalise your body with Yaeyama Chlorella and Oriyen Mixed Vinegar.

– Yaeyama Chlorella: The award-winning chlorella from Japan –cultivated and processed using a patented method that yields the highest content of chlorophyll that can help alkalise the body. Also rich in anti-ageing factors including CGF (chlorella growth factor) and nucleic acid DNA & RNA.

Oriyen Mixed Vinegar: Alkalises your body in just 2 hours.

Achieve Optimal Nutrition

For optimum nutrition and to further enhance the Kreb’s Cycle in your body, it is suggested to take Nn Certified Organic Spirulina together with Oriyen Bio N-Zymes, Oriyen Mixed Vinegar, Oriyen Plum Balls, and Yaeyama Chlorella.

Spirulina is packed with the whole spectrum of nutrients essential for optimum health, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants (including SOD), and precious phytonutrients such as polysaccharides, sulfolipids and glycolipids, phycocyanin and carotenoids.


Natural Superfoods – Learn From The Ancients

Why should you get interested in Natural Superfoods?

Simply, they are a superior source of nutrients, being nutrient dense relative to the calories they contain.  Why is this important? Your normal diet, despite your best efforts, may not contain sufficient nutrients.  So, while you may be trying to consume all the nutrients for your health from a regular diet (and even if you’re deliberately adding more fruit and vegetables), the problem is that our foods are being grown in soils which are mineral depleted. Processing, storage and cooking also takes a toll on the nutrient content.  It’s possible to overeat and still be nutrient deficient.

I’ve already posted a lot of information on Natural Superfoods, like Wheatgrass, Spirulina, chlorella and Stabilized Rice Bran in this blog.  Is there anything new to report?  The answer is always yes!  We are constantly rediscovering what traditional cultures have long known. The following Superfoods are certainly not new, but they may be news.

Raw Cacao

cacao beans
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Raw cacao beans contain possibly the world’s most concentrated source of antioxidants found in any food. They are extremely high in Magnesium which has been found to be the most common deficient major mineral even following a balanced diet. Their iron content is stunning, one small 28 gram serving of raw cacao beans gives 314% of the recommended daily allowance of iron. Raw cacao beans have a magnificent antioxidant (ORAC) score of 95,500. To put that into perspective, that’s 14 times more antioxidant flavonoids than red wine and 21 times more than green tea.

This does not mean you will get the benefits described above by eating heaps of chocolate. As with a lot of processed food changes have occurred in the processing. Most cocoa powder and commercial chocolate is processed via the “Dutch method” meaning it is subjected to scorching temperatures of up to 150°C with the additional aid of solvents, thus destroying most of the nutrients and antioxidants. Be sure to buy certified organic raw cacao in a powder, nib or whole bean form as the temperature will have never been allowed to exceed 40°C , allowing all the heat-sensitive vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to remain intact.

Maca

Maca powder is from the Maca root. Maca root is a flavorful ancient superfood from Peru. Maca has been cultivated for at least 2000 years and consumed by Inca warriors to increase strength and endurance. It is a highly nutritious food that has been used traditionally to gain increased energy, promote sexual desire, support fertility and enhance immune system function. It continues today to be a significant staple food and medicinal plant for the Peruvian people and is now widely available the world over as a whole food supplement.

Coconuts

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Apart from being delicious, young coconuts are one of the highest sources of electrolytes in nature. Electrolytes are ionized salts in our cells. Electrolytes transport energy throughout the body.

The molecular structure of coconut water is identical to human blood plasma, which means that it is immediately recognized by the body and put to good use. Drinking the juice from a young coconut is like giving your body an instant blood transfusion. In fact coconut water was commonly used as an emergency transfusion for wounded troops (of both sides) during World War II in the Pacific.

The only problem is availability, so when you get the chance be sure you take advantage and drink all you can.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil supports healthy metabolic function and is a revered anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agent. Coconut oil’s saturated fat is of the medium-chain fatty acid variety, which are digested more easily and utilized differently by the body than other saturated fats (like butter, meat and eggs). Whereas other saturated fats are stored in the body’s cells, the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are sent directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy. Coconut oil will actually speed up metabolism so your body will burn more calories in a day which will contribute to weight loss.

Pacific islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure-all gift from nature for all illness.

Noni

Noni
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This fruit has been used by Polynesian islanders as a regenerative medicine for more than 1500 years. Research documents that the noni fruit has astounding anti-bacterial properties, even against E-coli. It has anti-tumor activity, anti-inflammatory properties, is effective as a pain reliever, generates cell repair and strengthens the immune system.

Noni contains a multitude of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients. Many believe that the synergistic effect of the multi-spectrum nutrients is what gives it its potency. It has been proven beneficial for colds and flu’s, digestive disorders, skin disorders, pain relief, headaches, infections and more.

For best results look for a freeze-dried product that uses only the whole fruit or when buying the juice look for a brand that does not use pasteurizing.

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Spirulina, Certifications, Quality, Location, Nutrients & Process

Here Are some details on our Certified Organic Spirulina

Spirulina has been consumed as a food for centuries, with ancient cultures in South America and Africa using spirulina for its amazing therapeutic properties and dense nutrient content. Recently spirulina has been termed the richest, most nutritious super food known to man and a September 2005 issue of AARP Magazine listed spirulina as the number one food to add years to your life.

Spirulina

Spirulina is arguably nature’s most powerful green food. With over 60% Protein content, Spirulina is the highest, most digestible source of “complete” protein. Spirulina is also the source of several important phytonutrients like Carotenoids; Essential Fatty Acids like Gamma Linolenic Acid; Vitamin B12 which is not found in any other green food; trace minerals such as Iron, Magnesium, Calcium and Selenium; Sulpholipids and the antioxidant enzyme Superoxide dismutase (SOD) all of which are in a bio-available form.This ability of being easily digested and assimilated is due to spirulina’s lack of cell wall. Most remarkably spirulina is the highest source for phytopigments like Phycocyanin, Beta-carotene, Zeaxanthin and other plant pigments that define green foods like Chlorophyll, making spirulina the most cost effective of green foods.

Parry Nutraceuticals’ Organic Spirulina certification under USDA NOP is based on the USDA – NOP standards October 2005, which restricts use of Chilean nitrate as the Nitrogen source. Parry uses a vegetarian source of Nitrogen and Phosphorous for  Organic Spirulina cultivation. Parry Nutraceuticals also has received declaration from the certifying bodies – IMO, Switzerland & Naturland, Germany – to this effect.

Spirulina Certifications

Parry Nuetraceuticals Ceriified Organic Spirulina is grown twenty miles away from the historic town of Pudukottai in South India at Oonaiyur.

The temperature here is extremely conducive. We grow our microalgae across one hundred and thirty acres of land in a remote hamlet where there is no ground water contamination. Most importantly, there is no other agricultural activity in this area, so the possibility of artificial fertilizer / pesticide contamination too does not exist.



I Don’t Know How I Could Live Without It!

What could possibly provoke this reaction? It’s really simple. Stabilized Rice Bran. Why?

Well, today I’m at a seminar. It started early (from me at least). I’m not good at early. So what can I have for breakfast? I want something fast, simple and healthy. The answer Stabilized Rice Bran.

I just whizzed up some guava juice and rice bran – there’s my delicious healthy breakfast. I simply included my usual Certified Organic Spirulina and Chlorella to give me sustained fullness.

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Spirulina Research

I’ve found this wonderful place with information on spirulina research:-

The Spirulina Health Library contains over 100 published scientific references covering 30 years of international research. It is solely for education. It is not intended as medical advice or as a guide for self-treatment. Consult a qualified health care practitioner for diagnosis or treatment of any disease or medical condition.

I recommend to take a look at Spirulina Health Library

Here is a brief sample:-


Spirulina is gaining more attention from medical scientists as a nutraceutical and source of potential pharmaceuticals. There are several new peer reviewed scientific studies about Spirulina’s ability to inhibit viral replication, strengthen both the cellular and humoral arms of the immune system and cause regression and inhibition of cancers. While these studies are preliminary and more research is needed, the results so far are exciting…”

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Certified Organic Spirulina

World’s FIRST & ONLY Prestigious USP Grade Spirulina USP (United States Pharmacopoeia) Grade. The ultimate in quality Assurance

Each tablet provides 200mg USP Grade Certified Organic Spirulina From Parry Nutraceuticals, India.

Easy-to-swallow – smaller & more compact No binders, filler or chemical additive -100% Natural.

Consistently highest quality, potency, and safety in every batch of production.

100% free from contaminants.

Total compliance to Certificate of Analysis claims for identity, strength, purity and quality.

Certified Organic Spirulina – The ONLY spirulina in the world to receive the prestigious USP Grade.

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Unbeatable Quality
Scientific Controlled cultivation and production. Over 40 quality control tests are conducted on every production lot to check for algal toxins, trace heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides.


Scientifically & Extensively Researched.

Cultivated ecologically under scientifically controlled conditions in remote, pristine areas, away from commercial, agricultural or industrial land, using high quality water and nutrients, without pesticides or herbicides. Quick harvesting and advanced spray-drying technology ensure total freshness and nutritional potency.

Parry Nutraceuticals Organic Spirulina Cultivation farm. Spirulina cultivation farms are Located in a remote hamlet south of India, named Oonaiyur. Pollution free environment with pure ground water for cultivation of algae.

Extremely conducive temperature
Summer – 26º C to 39º C
Winter – 21º C to 27º C

Parry, under the Murugappa Group, one of the biggest holding companies in India, started on Micro algal R&D since 1977 under MCRC ( Murugappa Chettiar Research Center). Parry Commercialized Spirulina production with world class facilities in 1990’s, first in India.

WHAT IS SPIRULINA?
Spirulina is a simple, multi-celled, blue-green algae (Chlorophyll – green, phycocyanin – blue).

Found in warm, alkaline fresh water (pH 8 – 11, temp. 32o – 45o C) Has a relatively large – 0.5 mm (100x the size of most algae). Does not have hard cellulose membrane, no well-defined nucleus.

Green Energy
Earth’s Richest Food Highest concentration of important nutrients Widest spectrum of nutrients Packed with over 100 nutrients Easily digested and absorbed Readily used by the body.

Did You Know?
Spirulina’s wondrous nutrition has helped children in India and Africa recover rapidly from mild nutrition.
Spirulina’s wondrous nutrition has also helped strengthened immunity and reduced radioactivity in Chernobyl Nuclear disaster victims.

Because of its wondrous nutrition, spirulina is recognized by World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nation (UN) as a SUPERFOOD.

Provides Outstanding Nutrition For All Ages

  • Rich in Protein ( amino acids)
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Trace minerals
  • Enzymes (>2000)
  • Chlorophyll
  • Phytonutrients
  • Antioxidants Etc.

Super Protein source – 65% Protein Complete protein. Free form amino acids.

Offers Instant Energy Lift.
The cell wall is made of complex sugar (NOT Cellulose) that dissolves quickly to provide instant energy boost.

All nutrients are in free-form state for immediate absorption and assimilation.

An Ideal Anti-Ageing Food.

  • Ensures healthy vision
  • Builds healthy digestive system
  • Boosts energy level very rich in anti-oxidants and other components such as:
  • vitamins B1 and B6, zinc, manganese, copper methionine, vitamin E, beta-carotene and carotenoids, trace element, selenium,Beta-carotene

More than any other wholefood supplement.

  • Calcium – 10 times more than milk
  • Iron 50 times more than raw spinach – 28 times more than raw beef liver
  • Vit E – 3 times more than raw wheat germ – 49% more biological active than synthetic E
  • Vit B12 – 2 – 6 times more than raw beef (GLA) 3 times more than EPO
  • Chlorophyll 5 – 30 times more than alfalfa barley grass or wheatgrass

Other nutrients

  • sulfolipids
  • Glycolipids
  • phycocyanin
  • SOD
  • RNA & DNA

An Ideal Food For Weight Management
Complete nutrients and low calories to make sure your body gets enough nutrient while dieting.
Take before meal to curb appetite or craving that causes overeating.
Highly alkaline to reduce water retention caused by toxic acid waste accumulation.

Spirulina’s All Around Health Benefits

  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Supports cardiovascular health and lowers cholesterol.
  • Improves gastrointestinal and digestive health.
  • Enhances natural cleansing and detoxification.
  • Protects against Anaemia.
  • Helps weight control.
  • Promotes healthy, vibrant skin.