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by F.Malik

Fresh Water Algae

The term Spirulina includes various species of primitive unicellular blue-green algae, most commonly Spirulina maxima and Spirulina platensis. Spirulina grew so fast when it was found (approximately producing 20 times more protein per acre than soybeans) they named it the food of the future. Spirulina Farm cultivating one of nature''s marvellous weeds, a fresh water algae.

Spirulina is a naturally palatable food that aids in protecting the immune system, in cholesterol reduction, and in mineral absorption. Spirulina supplies nutrients that are lacking in most of our diets. Spirulina is a great source of nourishment. It enables children and adults who don''t get the proper amount of vegetables to get their greens in tablet form or in a delicious Smoothie.

Spirulina also has all nine of the fundamental amino acids, as well as nine more nonessential ones. Spirulina platensis extracts have been demonstrated to enhance macrophage function in cats and to enhance humoral and cell-mediated immune functions in chickens. By taking Spirulina, people are able to maintain consistent energy levels. In addition, because Spirulina is so high in protein, minerals and essential fatty acids, it is a healthy energy food that is especially useful for people on low-calorie diets. Spirulina protein supplement in diets for half-starved children and adults Protein supplement in feeds for rooster, cattle, pig and aquaculture, Health food, Food colourant, Medicine in salutary preparation, Enriching the feed in sericulture.

According to standard nutritional tests, the digestive absorption of the protein in Spirulina and Chlorella is four times greater than that in beef. Spirulina is one of those food supplements which most of us should take but rarely do. It''s a natural, multivitamin product which provides a wider spectrum of micronutrients than available from many other sources.

Spirulina also contains a novel polysaccharide called Calcium Spirulina (Ca-SP) that may have antiviral and anti-thrombic (clot busting) activity. Due to the fact that it is a rich source of antioxidants and other nutrients, Spirulina may have modest cancer-fighting activities as well. Spirulina is often advocated as a safe source of the micronutrient vitamin B-12, studies have shown that the B-12 contained in Spirulina is not readily absorbed. Therefore, Spirulina should not be taken for the explicit purpose of combating B-12 deficiency. As always, one should always consult a physician before taking any supplement, especially for pregnant/lactating women or anyone who has a medical condition (such as cancer - a common target for Spirulina marketers).

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