Spirulina is a blue-green micro-algae, this super food dates back over 3 billion years and is the most well known of these algaes. A potent nutrient-dense whole food, spirulina is over 60%-70% protein, and is a complete protein, supplying all eight essential amino acids. It is low in fat, but does contain vital essential fatty acids, including very high amounts of Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). GLA is a hormone precursor, and is found conducive to healthy heart functioning and circulation. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which are beneficial for skin and hair.
Most of the important vitamins we need are found in spirulina, and these include the entire B-complex range, Vitamin E, and beta-carotene. Spirulina, in fact, is particularly rich in vitamin B-12, as is Klamath Blue Green Algae providing an excellent source of B12 for vegetarians. Spirulina is also rich in minerals, including iron, calcium, zinc, potassium, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, and trace minerals. The form of iron found in spirulina is readily assimilable. It is also rich in enzymes, chlorophyll, DNA, RNA, sulfolipids, and glycolipids.
Spirulina has many beneficial, disease-preventing properties. Spirulina has been found to stimulate the immune system function and help the body to produce new blood cells. Spirulina’s dark blue-green color comes from a rainbow of pigments. Consistently high levels of Phycocyanin (ranging between 15 – 18%) give Spirulina its unique blue color. Phycocyanin is widely known as a blood builder in addition to the properties mentioned above in Klamath Blue Green Algae, and also shows potent anti-viral activity and anti-cancer properties. Other pigments include the green in high levels of Chlorophylland the oranges and yellows stored in the Carotenoids and Beta-Carotene. The low Pheophorbides in our Spirulina make it the greenest!
The Spirulina in POWER 3 is highly digestible and assimilable. Its primitive cell wall contains no cellulose but soft mucopolysaccharides. This makes it a valuable food source for those with digestive difficulties. Its high protein content is therefore easily available as real nourishment. Dieters value spirulina for its low fat, sugar, and calories, while feeling physically and nutritionally satisfied. Because of its overall nutritive value and energy-providing ability, spirulina lives up to its title as one of the best green superfoods around.
C-Phycocyanin has analpha-beta (αβ) composition. The alpha and beta units have molecular weights of 20.5 KDa respectively. C-phycocyanin is found as trimers (αβ)3,hexomers (αβ)6 and stacks of hexomers.
Early interest in Spirulina focused mainly on its rich content of protein, vitamins, essential amino acids, minerals,and essential fatty acids. Spirulina is 60-70% protein byweight and contains a rich source of vitamins, especiallyvitamin B12 and provitamin A (β-carotene), and minerals,especially iron. One of the few sources of dietary γ-linolenic acid(GLA), it also contains a host of other phytochemicals that have potential health benefits.
It has been hailed as the “food of the future”, besides being considered as an ideal food for astronauts by NASA.
Dried spirulina contains up to 70% protein by weight (Dilon et al., 1995), which is comparable to the levels in high-protein vegetables, such as soybeans (in which proteins represent 35% of the dry mass). The blue green algae Spirulina contains source of protein because of their high content of amino acids (up to 70% dry weight), vitamin, polyunsaturated fatty acids, pigments and antioxidant.
Good digestibility (Cohen and Vonshak, 1990) and low nucleic acid content as the present trend towards using natural pigments also make the utilization of such a biomass as a food supplement or additive is very promising (Vonshsk, 1990).
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