Here’s what you don’t know about Spirulina

Spirulina is used in all manner of healthy beverages and foods nowadays and yet, so little is really known about its history, its properties and its versatility. It has been said that the history of Spirulina dates back as far as the 9th century with its use being sought by the Kanem Empire of Chad and further on the 16th Century Aztec civilisation. Spirulinas positive qualities have been noticed by many key factions in history and so has shared its benefits with them all. Although, what exactly was it about this algae that would see it used so extensively throughout history ?

Heres a few reasons as to why Spirulina is so special:

Protein

The algae is known to be made up of around 70% protein and essential amino acids. Protein is incredibly important for the human body as it aids in the repair of muscle tissues, bones, cartilage, skin and blood amongst other examples.

Vitamins

Amongst foods, it is known to contain a very high provitamin A concentration (most notably beta-carotene).  Even though excessive amounts of b-carotene can be toxic, when consumed within foods it is safe as the human body only converts the quantity it needs.

Anti-disease bearing properties

It is also known as an immune system regulating ingredient. When the human immune system is being stressed or in suffering, it all draws on our metabolic energy. Those with an ‘imbalance’ often feel chronically fatigued and low on energy. Spirulina combats this by strengthening the immune system against such negative effects.

Anti-cancer Properties

Spirulina is said to combat the development of various cancers inside of the body.  Such research to support this claim comes from scientists who had ran tests on animals and had found that it can reduce both the occurrence and the size of the tumours. When it had been tested on human pancreatic cells, researchers had discovered that compared to untreated cells, experimental therapeutics significantly decreased proliferation of human pancreatic cancer cells in line with a dose-dependant-manner.

Hopefully these points help to reinforce the usefulness of Spirulina in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Its gotta be worth a shot, right ?

 

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