Spirulina is a micro-algae scientifically known by the name of Arthrospira (Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima). It lives in clear water in sub-tropical areas. It has a blue-green colour and a spiral shape, which is the origin of its name, spirulina.
Since ancient times, this algae has been used as food source and the many benefits of spirulina were well known among many different civilizations.They grew in Lake Chad, and can be traced back to the Aztec era. Spirulina used to be mixed in the bread and buns eaten by the people of Central and Western Europe for a long time.
Like all algae, it has many nutritional benefits making it a perfect addition to your diet. One of the peculiarities of spirulina is that it is rich in biliproteine. This protein is generated during digestion of the algae and in this form is easily assimilated by the body.
Other vitamins to be found in spirulina include: beta-carotene, which is good for the eyes, B vitamins, which protect the nervous system, heart and bones, vitamin D, which protects the immune system and strengthens bones, vitamin E which is an antioxidant and good for our immune system and vitamin K which fights osteoporosis, celiac disease and Crohn’s disease.
Actually, the only vitamin it doesn’t contain is vitamin C.
It should be said that the amount of vitamins it has is quantitatively comparable to those present in milk and meat.
Spirulina also contains calcium spirulan, which seems to have anticancer and antiviral properties. It has been used as a cure for children with cancer and for victims of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Scientists, however, have still not come to any firm conclusions about its curative properties. In Belarus an experiment was conducted to determine the ability of spirulina to fight nuclear radiation. Scientists found indices of reduced radioactivity in urine following administration of this alga for about 20 days.
Other research has shown that spirulina, in particular its aqueous extract, may decrease or even prevent the recurrence of the virus HIV-1. However, this research is very news and a result of few studies that have not yet arrived at a conclusion shared by the entire scientific community.
The alga Spirulina is marketed in different forms, already mixed with other foods, pure or in the form of powder, flakes, tablets or gel capsules.
The most practical way to take in this element is in its tablet form. You should take about 6 to 9 tablets daily which corresponds to the recommended daily dose ranging from 3 to 4.5 grams of spirulina. It is always bets, however, to read the instructions and take advice from an experienced herbalist. Check that the tablets do not contain external ingredients, but only 100% pure spirulina.
Finally, here is a food recipe based on spirulina: spirulina pâté.
You just need: the juice of half a lemon, a teaspoon of olive oil, a teaspoon of spirulina powder or flakes, a teaspoon of soy sauce and a clove of garlic.
Preparation: grind together spirulina and garlic, and then add the lemon juice and soy sauce. Then mix everything into a paste and pour in the olive oil. You can consume the paté on crackers or spread it on toast with chopped tomato and onion. It is a tasty and healthy, guaranteed!