Do you that both NASA and the European Space Agency proposed Spirulina as one of the primary foods to be carried along during their long-term space missions. The astronauts traveling in space carry food supplements that will occupy very little space but contain all essential vitamins, minerals & Carbohydrates needed for their body.
Imagine a plant that can nourish your body by providing most of the protein you need to live, help prevent the annoying sniffling and sneezing of allergies, reinforce your immune system, help you control high blood pressure and cholesterol, and help protect you from cancer. Does such a “super food” exist?
Yes. It’s called Spirulina.
Today, these nutrient-rich algae are being used around the world to help treat illness and are being seriously discussed as a sustainable source of food with the potential to end world hunger. According to studies, spirulina is being successfully used to treat a wide variety of ailments, including those who’ve been poisoned by arsenic-contaminated water.
Dried Spirulina contains about 60% protein. It is, however, superior to typical plant protein, such as that from legumes.
It is also a source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, sodium and zinc. Spirulina contains many pigments which may be beneficial and bioavailable, including beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, chlorophyll, xanthophyll, echinenone, beta-cryptoxanthin and others.
Spirulina is a form of the cyanobacterium, some of which are known to produce toxins such as microcystins, BMAA, and others. Some spirulina supplements have been found to be contaminated with microcystins, albeit at levels below the limit set by the Oregon Health Department. Microcystins can cause gastrointestinal disturbances.
Safety issues for certain target groups
Due to very high Vitamin K content, patients undergoing anticoagulant treatments should not change consumption patterns of spirulina without seeking medical advice to adjust the level of medication accordingly.
Like all protein-rich foods, spirulina contains the essential amino acid phenylalanine which should be avoided by people who are allergic and are advised not to consume Spirulina for medical reasons.
Until now, these studies are considered preliminary. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, there is insufficient scientific evidence to recommend spirulina supplementation for any human condition, and more research is needed to clarify its benefits if any. This magical drug can be used as a preventive drug for preventive medicine with the consultation of the physician and be benefitted.
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