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For Life - Africa Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis)
Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) is a tiny blue-green
algae in the shape of a perfect spiral coil. Biologically speaking,
it is one of the oldest inhabitants of the planet. Appearing 3.6
billion years ago, it provided an evolutionary bridge between bacteria
and green plants. This water plant has renewed itself for billions
of years and has nourished many cultures throughout history, in
Africa, in the Middle East and in the Americas. Spirulina grows
naturally in mineral-rich alkaline lakes which can be found on every
continent, often near volcanoes. The largest concentrations of spirulina
today can be found at Lake Texcoco in Mexico, around Lake Chad in
Central Africa and along the Great Rift Valley in East Africa.
Spirulina is called a super food because its nutrient
content is more potent than any other food.
Many of the essential nutrients needed by our bodies
are concentrated in spirulina.
It is comprised of at least 60% all-vegetable protein,
essential vitamins and phytonutrients such as the rare essential
fatty acid GLA, sulfolipids, glycolipids and polysaccharides.
60% easy-to-digest complete vegetable protein without
the fat and cholesterol of meat. Spirulina is a low-fat, low-calorie,
cholesterol-free source of easily-digestible vegetable protein containing
all the essential amino acids that cannot be produced by the body
but are needed to synthesize the non-essential amino acids. Spirulina
has no cellulose in its cell walls and is therefore easily digested
Natural Beta Carotene (provitamin A)
Spirulina is the richest source of natural beta carotene, ten times
more concentrated than in carrots. Natural beta carotene is superior
to the synthetic variety because the human body converts beta carotene
to Vitamin A only as needed; vitamin A will therefore NOT build
up in the body and become toxic. Beta carotene is a very important
antioxidant. Several studies have indicated that foods rich in beta
carotene and Vitamin A reduce the risk of cancer.
Gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA)
This rare essential fatty acid in mother's milk helps develop healthy
babies. GLA is the precursor to the body's prostaglandins, master
hormones that control many functions.
Spirulina is the only known food, other than mother's milk, with
a concentrated source of GLA.
The best natural iron supplement
Iron is essential to build a strong system, and yet iron deficiency
is the most common mineral deficiency. Studies show that the iron
in spirulina is absorbed 60% more efficiently than from iron supplements.
High in Vitamin B-12 and B Complex.
Spirulina is the richest source of B-12, richer than beef liver.
Because B-12 is the most difficult vitamin to obtain from plant
sources, vegetarians have taken to spirulina. B-12 is necessary
for the development of red blood cells.
The polysaccharides in spirulina are easily absorbed with minimum
intervention of insulin. Phytonutrients provide quick energy without
any ill effect on the pancreas.
Phycocyanin is the most important pigment in Spirulina; it has
both magnesium and iron in its molecular formation and therefore
may be the origin of life, common to both plants and animals. Studies
show it affects the stem cells found in bone marrow. Stem cells
are essential to both white blood cells that make up the cellular
immune system and red blood cells that oxygenate the body.
Chlorophyll is known as a cleansing and detoxifying phytonutrient.
Spirulina contains 1% chlorophyll, among the highest levels found
in nature, and the highest chlorophyll-A level.
Carotenoids are a mixed carotenoid complex functioning
at different sites in the body and working synergistically to enhance
ABCD is researching the possibility of growing Spirulina in the
many lakes that will be created as we excavate the sand in our land
Information sourced from /www.aurospirul.com