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A. SPIRULINA

Slightly edited to include latest research – article from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-benefits-of-spirulina#section11


10 Health Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina is incredibly good for you.

It is loaded with nutrients that can have powerful effects on your body and brain.

Here are 10 evidence-based health benefits of spirulina.

 

1. Spirulina Is Extremely High in Many Nutrients

Spirulina is an organism that grows in both fresh and salt water.

It is a type of bacteria called cyanobacterium, which is often referred to as blue-green algae.

Just like plants, cyanobacteria can produce energy out of sunlight, via the process called photosynthesis.

Spirulina was consumed by the Aztecs back in the day, but became popular again when NASA proposed that it could be grown in space and used by astronauts.

A standard daily dose of spirulina is 1-3 grams, but doses of 10 g per day for adults is optimal.

It is actually quite amazing how nutritious it is.

A single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina powder contains:

  • Protein: 4 grams.

  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 11% of the RDA.

  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 15% of the RDA.

  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 4% of the RDA.

  • Copper: 21% of the RDA.

  • Iron: 11% of the RDA.

  • It also contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese, and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that we need.

This is coming with only 20 calories, and 1.7 grams of digestible carbohydrate.

Gram for gram, this means that spirulina may literally be the single most nutritious food on the planet.

A tablespoon of spirulina contains a small amount of fat (around 1 gram), including both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in about a 1.5:1 ratio.

The quality of the protein in spirulina is considered excellent, comparable to eggs. It contains all the essential amino acids that we need.

It is often claimed that spirulina contains vitamin B12, but this is false. It contains pseudovitamin B12, which has not been shown to be effective in humans.

BOTTOM LINE: Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that grows in both salty and fresh water. It may be the single most nutrient-dense food on earth.

 

2. Spirulina Has Powerful Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Properties

Oxidative damage can harm our DNA and cells.

This damage can drive chronic inflammation, which contributes to cancer and other diseases.

Spirulina is a fantastic source of antioxidants, which can protect against oxidative damage.

The main active component is called phycocyanin. This antioxidant substance also gives spirulina its unique blue-green color.

Phycocyanin can fight free radicals and inhibit production of inflammatory signalling molecules, providing impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

BOTTOM LINE: Phocyanin is the main active compound in spirulina. It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

3. Spirulina Can Lower LDL and Triglyceride Levels

Heart disease is currently the world's biggest killer.

It is known that many measurable factors, termed risk factors, are linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

As it turns out, spirulina has been shown to have beneficial effects on many of them.

For example, it can lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while raising HDL (the "good") cholesterol.

In a study of 25 people with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams per day of spirulina significantly improved these markers.

Another study in people with high cholesterol found that 1 gram of spirulina per day lowered triglycerides by 16.3% and LDL by 10.1%.

Several other studies have shown favorable effects, but with higher doses of 4.5-8 grams of spirulina per day.

BOTTOM LINE: Studies have shown that spirulina can lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, and sometimes may raise HDL (the "good") cholesterol.

 

4. Spirulina Protects LDL Cholesterol From Becoming Oxidized

Fatty structures in the body are susceptible to oxidative damage.

This is known as lipid peroxidation, which is known to be a key driver of many serious diseases.

For example, one of the key steps in the pathway towards heart disease is LDL lipoproteins in the blood becoming oxidized.

Interestingly, the antioxidants in spirulina appear to be particularly effective at reducing lipid peroxidation. This has been shown numerous times, in both human and animal studies.

In a study of 37 individuals with type 2 diabetes, 8 grams of spirulina per day significantly reduced markers of oxidative damage. It also increased levels of antioxidant enzymes in the blood.

BOTTOM LINE: Fatty structures in the body can become oxidized, which drives the progression of many diseases. The antioxidants in spirulina can help prevent this from happening.

 

5. Spirulina Appears to Have Anti-Cancer Properties, Especially Against Oral Cancer

Some evidence suggests that spirulina can have anti-cancer properties.

For example, some research in test animals shows that it can reduce cancer occurrence and tumor size.

Spirulina has been particularly well studied with regard to oral cancer, which is cancer of the mouth.

One study looked at the effects of spirulina on 87 people from India with precancerous lesions called OSMF in the mouth.

After using 1 gram per day for 1 year, 45% of the spirulina group had a complete regression of lesions in the mouth, compared to only 7% in the control group.

When they stopped taking the spirulina, almost half of the responders developed these lesions again the following year.

In another study of 40 subjects with OSMF precancerous lesions, 1 gram of spirulina per day led to greater improvement in symptoms than the drug Pentoxyfilline.

BOTTOM LINE: Spirulina may have some anti-cancer properties, especially against a type of precancerous lesion called OSMF (oral submucous fibrosis).

 

6. Studies Show That It May Reduce Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is an important driver of many killer diseases.

This includes heart attacks, strokes and chronic kidney disease.

While 1 gram of spirulina is ineffective, a dose of 4.5 grams per day has been shown to reduce blood pressure in individuals with normal blood pressure levels.

This is thought to be driven by an increased production of nitric oxide, a signalling molecule that helps the blood vessels relax and dilate.

BOTTOM LINE: In one study, a higher dose of spirulina has been shown to lead to lower blood pressure levels, a major risk factor for many diseases.

 

7. Spirulina Improves Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is characterized by inflammation in the nasal airways.

It is triggered by environmental allergens, such as pollen, animal hair or even wheat dust.

Spirulina is a popular alternative treatment for symptoms of allergic rhinitis, and there is evidence that it can be effective.

In one study of 127 people with allergic rhinitis, 2 grams per day dramatically reduced symptoms like nasal discharge, sneezing, nasal congestion and itching.

BOTTOM LINE: Spirulina supplements have been shown to be very effective against allergic rhinitis, helping to reduce various symptoms.

 

8. Spirulina May Be Effective Against Anaemia

There are many different forms of anemia.

The most common one is characterized by a reduction in hemoglobin or red blood cells in the blood.

Anemia is fairly common in the elderly, leading to prolonged feelings of weakness and fatigue.

In a study of 40 older people with a history of anemia, spirulina supplementation increased the hemoglobin content of red blood cells. Immune function also improved.

However, this is just one study, and more research is needed before any recommendations can be made.

BOTTOM LINE: One study shows that spirulina may be effective against anemia in the elderly. More research is needed.

 

9. Muscle Strength and Endurance May Improve

Exercise-induced oxidative damage is a major contributor to muscle fatigue.

Certain plant foods have antioxidant properties that can help athletes and physically active individuals minimize this damage.

Spirulina appears to be beneficial, with some studies showing improved muscle strength and endurance.

In two studies, spirulina was shown to enhance endurance, significantly increasing the time it took for people to become fatigued.

Another study in college athletes found that spirulina supplementation increased muscle strength, but did not have any effect on endurance.

BOTTOM LINE: Some studies have shown that spirulina supplementation can enhance endurance, and one study shows that it can increase muscle strength.

 

10. Spirulina May Help With Blood Sugar Control

Animal studies have shown that spirulina can significantly lower blood sugar levels.

In some cases, it has outperformed popular diabetes drugs, including Metformin.

There is also some evidence that spirulina can be effective in humans.

In a study of 25 patients with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams of spirulina led to an impressive reduction in blood sugar levels.

HbA1c, a marker for long-term blood sugar levels, decreased from 9% to 8%, which is substantial. Studies estimate that a 1% reduction in this marker can lower the risk of diabetes-related death by 21%.

However, this study was small and only lasted for 2 months, so take this with a grain of salt.

 

Anything Else?

Spirulina may also have other beneficial effects, such as helping to "detoxify" the heavy metal arsenic from the body.

At the end of the day, spirulina is incredibly healthy. It is one of the few "superfoods" that are actually worthy of that term.


Note: Microalgae are the healthiest of food and there are hundreds of thousands of species of which spirulina is only one. The Jag technology has opened up this vast potential for humanity.


B. WHEY PROTEIN

Lightly edited from - https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263371.php


  • Aiding weight loss: In one study of 158 people, published in Nutrition & Metabolism, those who were given whey "lost significantly more body fat and showed a greater preservation of lean muscle compared to subjects consuming the control beverage."

  • Anti-cancer properties: Promising results were published in the journal Anticancer Research for the use of whey protein concentrate in cancer treatment. More research is needed.

  • Lowering cholesterol: A study, published in The British Journal of Nutrition, gave whey supplements to 70 overweight men and women for 12 weeks and measured a number of parameters, such as lipid and insulin levels. They found that "there was a significant decrease in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol at week 12 in the whey group compared with the casein (group)."

  • Asthma: Whey protein could improve the immune response in children with asthma. One small study involving 11 children, published in the International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, found that children with asthma who were supplemented with 10 gram whey protein twice daily for 1 month had an improved immune response.

  • Blood pressure and cardiovascular disease: Research published in the International Dairy Journalfound that beverages that were supplemented with whey protein significantly reduced blood pressure in patients with hypertension; their risk of developing heart disease or stroke was also lower.
  • Reducing weight loss in people with HIV: A study published in the journal Clinical and Investigative Medicine found that whey protein may help reduce weight loss among HIV-positive patients.
  • Adding muscle: Whey protein is the main protein source for bodybuilding when combined with resistance training.

 

C. Complete Essential Nutrition

Complete nutrition is having all 9 amino acids, 20 minerals, 13 vitamins and 3 essential oils. Most people don’t get their daily allowance of these to the right levels. However, most do make up for their deficits later in the week. The problem comes when the nutrition deficits are ongoing. This happens often when travelling or eating out or eating pre-processed food.

If the diet is badly unbalanced, it leads to ill health

 

D. Algae International (AIB) products

  • a. Spirulina
    AIB produces its spirulina in closed systems, hence it is clean unlike pond grown spirulina subject to contamination by animal life like rats, birds, insects and pond life and muck.

  • b. Spirulina/whey blend
    This blend combines the benefits of spirulina and whey protein and retains the level of protein needed for bodybuilders.
    The combination provides a better boost than either individually.

  • c. All 45 complete nutrition
    This combination is formulated to provide roughly 20% of the recommended daily value by the USFDA when 30 grams are consumed.
    What this does is to ensure that there is at least a basic level of each essential ingredient even if the other food eaten is not balanced.
    The mix is also formulated in a way that it can be incorporated into many different food items without changing their taste much like into:
    Smoothies;
    • Soups;
    • Cakes;
    • Bread;
    • Health bars;
    • Chocolates;
    • Almost anything one eats


Comments

Microalgae have a huge untapped potential and they are the healthiest of food. AIB intends to grow many more species of microalgae and produce an increasing number of genuinely healthy food.



Finally clean spirulina is available.


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    Spirulina is known to be a very healthy food. This was stated in 1974 by the United Nations which declared spirulina as “The best food for the future”. The UN continues to promote spirulina and has an inter-governmental organisation to promote spirulina. The main concern and the reason spirulina has not become a major main stream food is the microscopic impurities (rubbish) that adhere to the microscopic spirulina in pond grown spirulina. Consider the following:

    1. Current market leading practiseusing conventional open ponds to produce spirulina is unable to remove all the impurities. Currently the world’scleanest pond grown spirulina has to allow a certain level of contaminants despite all the care they take. Among the long list of maximum level of contaminants allowed by them are 150 insect fragments per 50 gm. and 1 rodent hair per 100 gm.The problem this type of pond contamination causes is discussed at http://wellnessmama.com/4738/herb-profile-spirulina/

    2. Algae International is the first producer of spirulina in totally enclosed containers using drinking quality water, sold under the Josens brand. Hence, none of the animal life can get to it or have their droppings pollute the culture. Josens spirulina has a nice freshly cut grass smell and no taste. Josens spirulina is the only spirulina that has this unique quality, no one else has clean spirulina currently. The market potential is many times larger than the current global sales and this can now be realised with clean spirulina being available for the first time.

    3. According to the FAO latest figures which are for 2004, global production of spirulina was about 46,000 tons out of which nearly 42,000 tons were grown in China. Other sources list India as the second largest producer and the USA as the third largest producer. Both the USA and India have insufficient production, so while they do export a little, they import more. The rest of the world has a tiny share of the production. Hence, almost all spirulina sold aside from India and the USA is from China. It is true that all outside processors of spirulina claim the country of processing not the country of farming in their marketing literature.

    4. The holdup in global consumption of spirulina is due to the reluctance of people being rightfully weary of smelly and strange tasting spirulina. It is clear that the message of spirulina’s health benefit is so strong that there is a market despite the smell, taste and cleanliness concern.

    5. Juice bars have been keen to have spirulina added to their drinks but the smell and taste of current spirulina added to the drinks turns customers off. Josens spirulina does not have that problem. There are perhaps over 500,000 juice bars globally, an untapped and large market.

    6. It is now possible to enhance the excellent range of essential ingredients in spirulina by adding suitable ingredients to Josens spirulina to make up all the 45 essential nutrients needed for good human health and wellbeing. No one else has a health bar where the 30 plus essential nutrients of spirulina are enhanced with complementary ingredients so that the health bar has all 45 essential ingredients of health. It is a known fact that if one takes the entire 45 essential nutrients one is much healthier and less likely to fall sick. Lots of attempts to develop this ultimate of health foods have been tried. It has failed on the smell and taste of the spirulina produced in open ponds. Using Josens spirulina, several formulations of health bars have been tested with a limited number of people. The response has been unanimously enthusiastic – all asking “How fast can we get these on a regular basis”.


The addition of spirulina to food bars is only a small beginning. Imagine the potential of all other food sources to improve; breakfast foods, dining establishments adding to lunch and dinner plates, all fast foods becoming more nutritious, all junk foods will no longer be junk but a lot more nutritious.


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