Due to its high quantities of minerals, vitamins and micro-nutrients, Spirulina has been mainly used to combat
malnourishment and assist HIV/AIDS patients Africa. However, in the last few years, Spirulina has seen a growing market
amongst the health and fitness conscious. Its high protein and nutrient content make it an ideal food supplement and
an immune booster.
Spirulina is particularly effective to relieve the suffering of HIV/AIDS patients. The way it works is that when the virus
attacks a cell it attaches itself to the cell membrane (outer wall) penetrating it, spirulina does not allow the virus to
penetrate and hence infect the cell. The virus therefore can no longer replicate itself and the body’s natural defence
mechanisms will eventually discard it, this can assist AIDS patients lead a more normal life.
10 benefits from taking 5-10 grams of spirulina every day;
- Increases the CD4 count – Strengthens the immune system (particularly useful for HIV/ AIDS patients.
- Increases RNA (Ribonucleic acid) in the brain for more energy
- The beta carotene (contains 10 times more that of carrots) is an excellent source of disease-fighting antioxidants and is also good for healthy eyes and vision.
- Contains vegetable protein and amino acids to build muscle
- High concentration of B Vitamins; which not only break down carbohydrate and lipids but also maintain cardiovascular health.
- It is also an excellent anti-inflammatory, which is an essential benefit to arthritis patients and prevents heart disease.
- Contains anti-aging properties.
- Improves digestive health
- Contains easy to absorb iron supplements ideal for women and children.
- Reduces cancer with antioxidant protection
What some Institutions and Organizations have said about spirulina;
- The Immune System Miracle Worker (San Francisco Medical Research Foundation)
- Worlds’ Most Powerful Food (biotech-firm.com)
- Spirulina is an ideal food for mankind (United Nations Recommendation)
- Spirulina: Food for the future (Publication by the USDA – United States Department of Agriculture).
- “There is a need for both national governments and inter-governmental organisations to re-evaluate the potential of Spirulina to fulfil both their own food security needs as well as a tool for their overseas development emergency response efforts” – The UN-Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Report on Spirulina 2008.
- “For WHO, Spirulina represents an interesting food for multiple reasons, rich in iron and protein, and is able to be administered to children without any risk. We at WHO consider it a very suitable food.” – United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland June 8Th, 1993
- Spirulina- was declared by the United Nations World Food Conference of 1974 as the best food for the future