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Through Photosynthesis, Spirulina blue-green algae are able to capture the energy from the sun, utilize the nutrients in their watery environment and synthesize protein, carbohydrates, fats and a host of nutrients. With the aid of enzyme pigments, phycocyanin (blue) and chlorophyll (green) as catalyst. Spirulina supplies more oxygen to our environment than any plant on earth.
1.) What is Spirulina (Spear-ru-lena) ?
Spirulina is an incredible source of concentrated nutrients. It is 60 to 71% protein, making it the world's highest known source of protein. As a vegetable protein, it is easily digestible and contains all eight essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Spirulina is the world's highest source of B-12 with high concentrations of vitamins A, B-1, B2, B-6, D, E, F, H, and K. Spirulina also provides many necessary minerals, trace elements, cell salts, and digestive enzymes. In addition, it offers an abundance of chlorophyll, phycocyainin, ferrodoxins, carotenoids and other pigments. It is also noted for one of the highest sources of Vitamin A as Betacarotene, a non-toxic source as Provitamin A. As one professor of Botany, who has studied spirulina says, "Spirulina is a great food! It's chock full of all the nutrients necessary to help maintain good health."
2.) What is Spirulina used for ?
Due to the natural composition of Spirulina as a wide spectrum food concentrate, with its variety of protein, vitamins and minerals which are naturally formed, it is extremely helpful in many areas, including weight normalization, fasting, quick and lasting energy boosts, athletic activity and cosmetic uses. Research also suggests that it may be very important in helping to prevent and overcome NAIDS (Nutritionally Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). When included in the daily diet, Spirulina achieves results due to its' 70 plus nutrients, all present in one source.
3.) How does the USFDA classify Spirulina ?
According to the USFDA, "Spirulina, a blue-green microalgae, is a source of proteins and contains various vitamins and minerals. It may be legally marketed as a food or food supplement, so long as it is lableled accurately and contains no contaminated or adulterated substances." (FDA Talk Paper No 41, 160, June 23, 1981.) Spirulina has also been designated as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS), for use as an ingredient, per GRAS Notice NO. GRN 000101, by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Food Safety.
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