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About Spirulina
1 What is spirulina?
Enormous power in small algae
A profile of spirulina
2 Spirulina - with five major nutrients
Full of beneficial proteins
Chorophyll as ggreen bloodh
Chronic shortages of vitamin B 12
Beta carotene, the key to preventing cancer
Linoleic acid and linolenic acid in the adjustment of cholesterol
3 How spirulina differs from chlorella in digestion and nutritional value
95% digested in two hours
Proteins, vitamins and dietary fiber
4 Producing spirulina safely and in large amounts
Safety
Manufacturing process
5 For leading a healthy life
Acidity as a cause of illness
Living a healthy life with spirulina
6 Medical benefits of spirulina
Gastrointestinal diseases and spirulina
Anemia and spirulina
Diabetes and spirulina
Liver ailments and spirulina
Dieting and spirulina

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1 What is Spirulina?
Enormous power in small algae
Take a look the photograph. It is a microscopic image of spirulina. The name gspirulinah comes from the Latin word gspirah which means spiral and, of course, refers to the shape of the algae.
Spirulina is a kind of blue algae which belongs to the blue-green algae group. Each individual alga is 300-500 microns in length, a size that can just barely be detected by the naked eye. Hidden in this algae, however, is the immeasurable strength of lifefs vital forces. As a balanced health food, spirulina plays a critical role in preventing and improving the symptoms of illness. Letfs take a look at the secrets of spirulina.
A profile of spirulina
Born on earth over 3.5 billion years ago, spirulina is the oldest plant on earth. For endless long years and months, it grew wild in tropical regions in salt lakes of Africa and Central and South America. Its luxuriant growth at that time made those lakes look as if they were awash in blue-green paint.

Since ancient times, spirulina was used by people living in those areas as a form of food. Although they did not have the knowledge of modern nutritional science, based on their experience, they knew that spirulina was a very nutritious food.

It was in 1963 that spirulina became known internationally. A French botanist doing research in Chad on a highly nutritious dry bread green in color known as gdaeih discovered that the dry bread was made from spirulina.

It was in this way that research on spirulina began. Because of the research of world-famous scholar Dr. Clayman and others at the French Petroleum Institute, the first to start cultivating spirulina, the amazing nutritional value, rate of digestion, and rate of growth became known one in progressive stages. Following upon this research, spirulina became the subject at various international conferences such as the International Congress of Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology in 1967 and the 1974 United Nations World Food Conference It also became recognized officially as a nutritious food by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is currently being developed at NASA as a food for astronauts.

Spirulina once used by indigenous people in ancient times has in this way been researched and developed and has made its appearance in our world today. Now that genuine cultivation and mass production are possible, there is growing recognition of spirulinafs effectiveness as an gideal nutritious foodh.
2 Spirulina - with five major nutrients
Table 1 Main Components of Spirulina (in 100g)
Nutrients Spriulina 100g
Protein 55 - 80g
Lipid 5 - 7g
Fiber 8 - 10g
Chlorophyll 1 - 2.5g
Total Carotenoid 0.2 - 0.4g
Phycocyanin 2.5 - 9.5g
Potassium 1,100 - 2,200mg
Calcium 500 - 700mg
Phosphorus 340 - 720mg
Magnesium 250 - 700mg
Fe 50 - 100mg
Pro-Vitamin A 20 - 30mg
r - Linolenic acid 550 - 1,300mg
Vitamin B1 2 - 4mg
Vitamin B2 3 - 5mg
Vitamin B6 0.8 - 1.2mg
Vitamin B12 0.2 - 0.3mg
Vitamin E 8 - 10mg
Nicotine acid 8 - 10mg
Inositol 70 - 180mg
Chlorophylla 500 - 1,500mg
When people think of foods that have high nutritional value, eggs and beef probably spring to mind for many people. However, spirulina has rich nutrients that in no way are inferior to such foods (See Table1).

In fact, spirulina is rich in proteins, sugars, fatty acids, and vitamins, as well as in minerals like calcium, phosphate, magnesium, iron and carotene, which tend to be insufficient in our daily diets. In other words, the five main nutrients our bodies need are all contained in spirulina. And because digestive absorption is excellent, the nutrients are absorbed by the body with ease.
I Full of beneficial proteins
Protein is a vital element in the composition of every part of our body. Spirulina contains three times the amount of proteins in beef and twice the amount in soy beans (See Table2).

Table 2 Amounts of protein in Spirulina (%)
  Spriulina Soybeans Beef Egg Fish
Protein 65 - 70% 34 .3% 19.3% 12.7% 20.0%

The proteins in spirulina are also of excellent quality. The quality of proteins is determined by how well balanced the essential amino acids that the body cannot produce are. You can get an idea of how excellent the quality of proteins in spirulina is by looking at Table 3. The quality of its proteins fulfill the ideal standards of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).
Table 3 Amount of essential amino acids in Food (%)
  Spirulina Chlorella Soybeans Beef Egg Fish FAO Standard
Isoleucine 3.25-3.9 5.5 1.80 0.93 0.67 0.83 4.2
Leucine 5.9-6.5 7.7 2.70 1.7 1.08 1.28 4.8
Lysine 2.6-3.3 5.7 2.58 1.76 0.89 1.95 4.2
Methionine 1.3-2.0 1.7 0.43 0.43 0.43 0.58 2.2
Cystine 0.5-0.7 0.4 0.48 0.23 0.35 0.38 4.2
Phenylalanine 2.6-3.3 4.1 1.98 0.86 0.65 0.61 2.8
Tyrosine 2.6-3.3 1.5 1.38 0.68 0.49 0.61 -----
Threonine 3.0-3.6 4.3 1.62 0.86 0.59 0.99 2.8
Tryptophane 1.0-1.6 1.1 0.55 0.25 0.20 0.30 1.4
Valine 4.0-4.6 4.9 1.86 1.05 0.83 1.02 4.2
II Chlorophyll as ggreen bloodh
Spirulina also contains abundant amounts of natural pigments such as chlorophyll and light blue phycocyanin.

Among these, chlorophyll is a well-known pigment that is often called ggreen bloodh because it becomes the raw material of the blood in our bodies. This is why chlorophyll is very effective in the treatment of anemia.

Chlorophyll also plays a role in purifying our bodies of toxins. For example, it detoxifies acetylaldehydes, the cause of hangovers, and histamines related to allergies, so it has positive effects in helping people recover from fatigue, in preventing hangovers and in fighting allergies.

In addition, various other benefits of chlorophyll have also been recognized. It is known to aid in eliminating bad breath and body odor, in alleviating constipation and frostbite and in lowering cholesterol.
III Chronic shortages of vitamin B12
Spirulina also contains generous amounts of vitamin B12. There is a tendency to overlook vitamin B12 in our diets, but it is vital in the functioning of red corpuscles and nucleic acids. In addition to the treatment of virulent anemia and nervous disorders, vitamin B12 is effective in improving liver and digestive system disorders as well as skin disorders and internal, harmful excretions.

It is also important to understand that a vitamin B12 deficiency does not progress suddenly. Instead, it occurs slowly over a long period of time. Because of this, when vitamin B12 becomes depleted, it symptoms appear suddenly and can cause alarm. Disorders arising from deficiencies of vitamin B12 include virulent anemia, diabetic nervous disorders, trigeminal neuralgia, liver disorders and impaired memory.

It is important for us to supplement our diet with vitamin B12 on a daily basis.
IV Beta carotene, the key to preventing cancer
Beta carotene is gaining attention as an effective nutrient in the prevention of cancer. The amount of carotene required for a person in the prevention of cancer is 5-15 milligrams a day. In terms of vegetable consumption, this is the equivalent of 200g of green and yellow vegetables and 100g of light colored vegetables. For people who find this level of intake on a daily basis difficult, spirulina is recommended as a nutritional supplement. Spirulina has 50 times the amount of carotene as chlorella, 10 times that of carrots and 60 times that of spinach.

Some of the beta carotene in our bodies is converted to vitamin A, which is said to be often insufficient in the diet of Japanese. Vitamin A is also a very important nutrient which, when lacking, makes the body more prone to cancer. Vitamin A also acts to protect the eyes and the respiratory system.
V Linoleic acid and linolenic acid in the adjustment of cholesterol
Spirulina contains rich amount of linoleic acid and linolenic acid which are attracting attention particularly for their role in controlling cholesterol in the bloodstream. By dissolving and flushing excess cholesterol from the bloodstream and preventing high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries, they inhibit carcinogens and the spread of cancer promoted by excess cholesterol.

Linoleic and linolenic acids are substances that cannot be produced by the body, so if they are not supplemented through our dietary habits, a deficiency will occur.

Ensure that your diet includes these nutrients by supplementing it with spirulina.
3 How spirulina differs from chlorella in digestion and nutritional value
A microscopic image of chlorella  
A microscopic image of spirulina  
There are probably many people who are not sure of the differences between chlorella and spirulina. It is true that the ingredients and color of the tablets of the two are similar. However, chlorella, which belongs to the green algae species, and spirulina, which belongs to the blue-green algae species, differ in a number of ways. One way of looking at spirulina is to see it as a new product that has overcome weaknesses of chlorella.

To begin with, one of chlorellafs weaknesses is its size. With a diameter of between 0.3 and 0.5 microns, it is only 1/1000 the size of spirulina. Consequently, harvesting something this small requires centrifugal separation, an extremely labor intensive process. Spirulina, on the other hand, can be harvested through a simple filtration process. This makes spirulina far more suitable than chlorella for mass production.
95% digested in two hours
Because chlorella is a simple cell plant, its cell walls are hard and very difficult to digest. To promote the digestion of chlorella, it is necessary to turn it into powder through the use of machines and process it in ways that are not natural. This also raises concerns that some of its natural ingredients will be lost during processing.

On the other hand, because spirulina is multi-celled, the cell membranes are soft and very easy to digest and therefore require no processing. Because of this, bowel movements do not turn green.

If you take a look at Table 4, you can see at a glance the difference in the rate of digestion between spirulina and chlorella. When chlorella is not processed, the rate of digestion after one hour is 12.0%. When the cell membranes have been broken, the digestion rate after an hour is about 58.7%. Without undergoing any processing, spirulina is 80% digested in the same period. After two hours, the rate rises to 95.1%.

Table 4 Rate of artificial digestion of Spirulina

Proteins, vitamins and dietary fiber
Table 5 An analysis of the components of Spirulina and Chlorella (in 100g)
Nutrients Spriulina Chlorella
Protein 55 - 80g 55 - 60g
Lipid 5 - 7.5g 10 - 12g
Chlorophyll 1 - 2.5g 1 - 2g
Carotenoid 0.2 - 0.4g 0.2 - 0.4g
Phycocyanin 2.5 - 9.5g 0g
Potassium 1,100 - 2,200mg 1,000 - 1,400mg
Calcium 500 - 700mg 200 - 400mg
Phosphorus 340 - 720mg 300 - 500mg
Magnesium 250 - 700mg 250 - 300mg
Fe 50 - 100mg 50 - 80mg
Pro-Vitamin A 20 - 30mg 0.4 - 0.5mg
Vitamin B1 2 - 4mg 1 - 2mg
Vitamin B2 3 - 5mg 4 - 5mg
Vitamin B6 0.8 - 1.2mg 0.8 - 1.2mg
Vitamin B12 0.2 - 0.3mg 0.1 - 0.2mg
Vitamin E 8 - 10mg 6 - 8mg
Nicotine Acid 8 - 10mg 8 - 10mg
Inositol 70 - 180mg 80 - 100mg
Table 5 shows a comparison of the nutrients in spirulina and chlorella. The table reveals that the nutritional value in spirulina is higher than chlorella in almost all areas. This is particularly so with proteins, provitamin A, and vitamin B12, where the content in spirulina is very high. In dietary fiber as well, chlorella contains only 2-3% while spirulina has about four times that amount at 8-10%.
4 Producing spirulina safely and in large amounts
Safety
With medicines that have powerful effects, serious side effects are a concern. In this respect, because spirulina is a natural food that has been a food ingredient since ancient times, it is naturally accepted by the body and there are no harmful effects whatsoever.

There is no need to worry about cultivation or manufacturing methods either. Produced in hygienic conditions that are ensured through strict toxicological testing by various research institutes, spirulina is safe and can be taken with confidence.
Manufacturing process
Spirulina Outside Cultivation Pools  
The processing of spirulina is divided into four main stages:

(1) cultivation
(2) filtration
(3) dewatering
(4) drying


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1) Cultivation
Cultivation is undertaken in conditions similar to the saltwater lakes in tropical regions, spirulinafs place of origin. An alkali-type cultivation liquid to which nutrients have been added is flushed into the shallow, large cultivation ponds which are stirred by their gentle flow. In this manner, the spirulina undergoes photosynthesis at an efficient rate and propagates.

(2) Filtration
Spirulina propagated through the above process is in an algae state. Through filtration it is separated from the cultivation liquid.

(3) Washing and dewatering
The spirulina, concentrated during the above process, is placed on a vacuum dewatering filtration cloth, washed with clean water and dewatered repeatedly.

(4) Drying
The spirulina is then dried instantly with a spray dryer and made into a powder.
5 For leading a healthy life
Acidity as a case of illness
In addition to the excellent nutrients found in spirulina, another attractive feature is its alkali properties. In our diet today where we are surrounded by meat, instant foods, and sweets, we tend to lack enough alkali foods, such as vegetables and seaweed (See Table 6).

Table 6 An Analysis of Spirulina and Chlorella

However, human body fluids are mildly alkali. When our diet consists of only acid foods and acid in the body begins to accumulate, the body tries to revert to an alkali state by expelling alkali-containing minerals from the cells, bones and teeth.

Minerals are vital in the formation of bones and teeth, in the production of blood, and in nerve functions. Mineral insufficiencies lead to anemia and broken bones. Nowadays we hear of school-age children who get dizzy and faint when morning assemblies at school are a little longer than usual, and who suffer broken bones just from falling down. At the root of these problems is an insufficiency of minerals caused by acidity.

In fact, the bodies of approximately 90% of people who tend to get sick are said to be acidic. Acidity is the cause of many illnesses.
Living a healthy life with spirulina
When spirulina is taken on a regular basis, the body becomes more alkali. The metabolism of the body in general becomes more active. The bodyfs cells also become vitalized and the bodyfs ability to cure itself is enhanced. In addition, not only is the health of the body maintained because of the cellsf revitalization, but an overall improvement in general appearance can be expected. This is because the complexion and hair little by little undergo renewal and improvement. This is why we can say that spirulina is a super food that gives us both good health and beauty.

Spirulina is particularly effective for people who:

* tire easily and do not feel 100% well
* have little motivation
* are recovering from an illness
* are on a diet
* catch colds easily
* have a tendency to be anemic
* are fussy about food
* eat at irregular times
* do not eat adequate green or yellow vegetables
* who smoke, or drink a lot of alcohol or coffee

6 Medical benefits of spirulina
I Gastrointestinal diseases and spirulina
Stomach ulcers and gastritis are illnesses where the gastric juices increase due to stress and injure the stomach lining. To prevent this from occurring, it is necessary (1) to eat alkali foods that digest well to suppress the amount of gastric juices, (2) to neutralize the acidic gastric juices by eating alkali foods and (3) to have a balanced intake of nutrients including proteins, minerals and vitamins.

Spirulina is an alkali food that fulfills all of the above conditions. It not only contains large amounts of good quality nutrients but their rate of digestion and absorption by the body is extremely high, so adequate supplementation of these nutrients is possible. In addition, the chlorophyll in spirulina protects the stomach and intestine linings that have suffered injury.

The very positive effects of spirulina on stomach ulcers, chronic gastritis and duodenal ulcers have already been confirmed.
II Anemia and Spirulina
Anemia is a condition resulting from insufficient iron. To prevent anemia, we are told that it is very important to supplement our diet with foods containing ample amounts of iron, such as liver, soy beans and spinach. However, if iron is not taken with protein and vitamin C, its digestion and rate of absorption are low. Therefore, by simply eating foods rich in iron, we do not receive their full benefits. Spirulina, on the other hand, not only contains more iron than liver, it also contains large amounts of proteins and blood-building chlorophyll. The digestion and absorption rate of iron is also excellent, so spirulina is very effective in combating anemia.
III Diabetes and Spirulina
Diabetes is a disorder caused by an insufficiency in the hormone insulin. However, the main cause of insulin insufficiency is overeating. Therefore, prevention and improvement of this condition need to begin with a review of eating habits.

What is important then is to avoid the intake of excessive calories, have a diet well-balanced in nutrients, and prevent the body from becoming acidic.

The reason why spirulina is said to be effective in preventing diabetes is because, while it is low in calories, it contains large amounts of vitamin B1 which improves the metabolism of sugars, vitamin B2 which assists in the burning of calories that prevents obesity, vitamin B6 which creates insulin, and potassium which assists in the excretion of insulin and proteins lacking in people with diabetes. In addition, because spirulina is an alkali type supplement, it assists in returning acidic blood to an alkali state. Because of these factors, spirulina is an ideal food product for preventing and improving diabetes.
IV Liver ailments and spirulina
The liver performs a very vital role in our bodies by breaking down, detoxifying and storing nutrients carried there by the blood. The most important nutrients for the liver are proteins and vitamins. Proteins make up the greater part of the liver and vitamins assist in its functions. An insufficiency of proteins and vitamins results in impairing or bringing to a stop the functions of the liver.
Spirulina is a food with an abundance of proteins of superior quality and vitamins. The main treatment for liver illnesses is based on dietary treatment focusing on balanced nutrition. There have been reports that claim improvement in liver ailments is accelerated when the treatment is combined with spirulina. We believe that this is due to the proteins and vitamins contained in spirulina which have a therapeutic function. Furthermore, spirulinafs supplementation of potassium, which tends to be lacking in people with liver illnesses, creates a synergistic effect. In these ways, spirulina also contributes significantly to the health of the liver.
V Dieting and spirulina
Spirulina is attracting attention as a safe diet food. A method of dieting with spirulina is to take it 30 minutes to one hour prior to meal time. In that period before eating, the spirulina absorbs water and expands, suppressing the appetite and helping to prevent overeating.

In addition, spirulina is a food which contains generous amounts of various kinds of nutrients, so there is no concern that the bodyfs balance of nutrients will be upset by dieting.

There are many people who commenced taking spirulina regularly and within several weeks reported to have begun to experience a definite loss of weight. It is important to follow a healthy diet that combines well-balanced meals and spirulina.

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