Elixir International of New Mexico Inc.

...safe enough for a Baby...

Spirulina maxima has been used beneficially to feed undernourished infants, children and found particularly useful for pre and post natal care.
8. How safe is Spirulina maxima ?
At the forefront of research since 1964, Spirulina maxima was subjected to more extensive tests than any other class of blue-green algae, as the first major source of Spirulina worldwide, cultivated and harvested on Lake Texcoco, in Mexico. The UN laboratories concluded that Spirulina cultivated and harvested on Lake Texcoco was a safe, non toxic food and food supplement, free of any chance of causing birth defects, or other harmful effects, even when consumed in large quantities over long periods of time.
Spirulina maxima and platensis as the two primary types of Spirulina have been scrutinized and inspected for any toxic properties, by UN approved laboratories and many other research projects, along with over 25 years on the worldwide market. These two strains of Spirulina passed these tests with flying colors and "no toxicity" whatsoever has ever been found. Spirulina's safety is firmly established.
Today Spirulina maxima, the mother strain from Lake Texcoco, has been used to initiate cultivation and harvesting of this class of blue-green algae in Chile, Japan, Thailand, China, Cuba and other sources. Elixir International performs outside laboratory testing on its Spirulina maxima bulk product to insure that quality, and nutrient values are up to the highest standards. Spirulina maxima, blue-green algae is the Company's preferred choice, for its mild taste and high nutrient profile.
9.) Is Spirulina maxima high in salt, sugar, fat or calories ?
Some people on restricted sodium diets avoid seaweed foods because of the high content of sodium. However, Spirulina avoids the sodium problems of macro-algae that grow in the sea, such as Kelp or Nori. The sodium content in Spirulina is only .206 mg of sodium per 500 mg tablets. Generally hypertension patients are restricted to 2000 mg or less of sodium per day. Thus the small amounts of sodium in Spirulina poses no danger to persons on a salt restricted diet.
Spirulina is only 7% lipids or fat, and this is in the form of essential fatty acids, such as linoleic, linolenic and arachidonic acids, and others that may help promote cholesterol normalization. These are the good fats and are absolutely vital to health.
Spirulina supplies a small amount of starch or sugar. The carbohydrates it does supply is approximately 10 to 15%, primarily in the form of rhamnose and cyanophycean, which is identical to glycogen. Research suggests that these two polysaccharides may be easily absorbed by human cells with minimal intervention by insulin. Spirulina sugars may support speedy energy without taxing the pancreas or precipitating hypoglycemia. There are only 3.9 calories per gram of protein in Spirulina. The average 500 mg tablet of Spirulina contains only one or two calories. A serving size of one tablespoon (10 to 12 grams) of Spirulina maxima powder in water or juices contains only 40 calories.
10.) Can the high content of Vitamin A in Spirulina cause toxic problems ?
There is "Performed" vitamin A from animal sources, such as liver. This form of vitamin A is sometimes associated with toxicity and overdose, because it is fat-soluble and therefore is not readily excreted by the human body. "Proformed" vitamin A, or Pro-vitamin A, from carotenoids such as Beta-carotene, Lutein, Cryptoxanthine and others found in Spirulina or other vegetables are converted to vitamin A only as required by the body, thus avoiding and minimizing the dangers of toxicity.
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