Algae has been collected and eaten by the Chinese and Japanese for thousands of years, who strongly believed, and still believe, in the healthy properties contained therein. Indeed, the Japanese are still the principal consumers of algae; however, the there was one alga which was discovered across the globe, by the Aztecs of Mexico - spirulina.
Spirulina, a fresh-water alga, boasts some of the best health properties on many counts. Firstly, spirulina contains an unusually high amount of protein, about 60% content, and is a complete protein, containing all of the essential amino acids necessary for building tissue proteins, such as our muscles. It also contains essential fatty acids, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12, and vitamins C, D, A, and E. Amazingly, it is also a rich source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosporus, selenium, sodium and zinc!
Its usefulness as a vitamins minerals supplement should be apparent; but Spirulina can do wonders for various ailments and health issues. For starters, it has been shown to be a great preventive for problems such as heart damage caused by chemotherapy and strokes. But it has also been shown to actually reverse motor control problems after a stroke. It’s also been tested with positive results against anemia in HIV patients, hypertension, high cholesterol, and atrophy.
Little wonder that spirulina was dubbed “Best Food for the Future” by the United Nations World Food Conference, not only for its fantastic health benefits, but for its sustainabilty, ease of production, and ability to counter global malnutrition. With all due respect to the banana, perhaps spirulina is the world’s most perfect food.
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