Is Spirulina the future miracle food that can possibly provide amazing amounts of protein, or was it the miracle food that was known as manna in the Bible? Could it possible that it is the same and we are just now discovering its many wonderful benefits.
While the protein, vitamin, and mineral content of this potential miracle food is almost beyond comparison, this very small organism could very possibly be more important because of its richness in enzymatic pigments more than any other quality. These pigments are important to life and without them the enzymes in the body could not balance metabolism.
There are three critical pigments in Spirulina; Chlorophyll, Phycocyanin, and Porphyrin. Chlorophyll is the most visible of the three and is the pigment that releases ions when energized by sunlight. It is almost identical in nature to hemoglobin in the human body and is often referred to as green blood in plant life.
Phycocyanin is the pigment that gives this miracle food its blue tint and is very closely related to the human pigment known as bilrubin which helps in the digestive process of amino acids and is very important in keep the liver healthy and functioning properly.
Porphyrin is the pigment that gives Spirulina its reddish tint and closely resembles the molecule found in Vitamin B12 and is critical in forming red blood cells.
What is Spirulina?
Spirulina is an alga that is perhaps one of the simplest forms of life. It is not a plant and is considered above plants as it does not have the hard cellulose membranes that is present in the cells of plants, or does it have a nuclease that is defined. However, its system is based on photosynthesis as it utilizes both sunlight and chlorophyll.
It is basically caught between the plant and animal kingdom. It is a one celled form of algae that grows and thrives in warm fresh water that is rich in alkaline. It has the unique ability to synthesize a very high quality of concentrated food more than any other algae that exists, and it is almost as pure in protein as anything that exists, containing over 70 percent pure protein.
It is also an almost perfect balance of amino acids and has a photosynthesis conversion rate of almost 10 percent. In a perfect environment for example, soybeans are only slightly above 3 percent. It is also the one of the only plant sources of vitamin B12 which is found primarily in the tissues of animals.
It is somewhat related to kelp, but it is not a sea algae. It thrives in fresh water, especially very warm water and can survive temperatures as high as 140 degrees. In desert environments it can grow on the rocks and survive the hottest places on earth with temperatures above 160 degrees. It is an amazing creation.
Although it is extremely rich in proteins it also contains eight essential amino acids that are essential for intelligence development, stimulating brain functions, strengthening mental capacity, building the circulatory system, as well as fat and lipid metabolism. It also assists the thyroid gland in the metabolic rate, improves digestion, and helps to stimulate muscle coordination.
Spirulina also contains 12 non essential amino acids that strengthens cellular walls, transforms carbohydrates into energy, detoxifies the blood, stabilizes blood sugar levels, and promotes both energy and oxygen usage in the cells. It also helps to slow the aging process.
However, it does not stop there. Because of the type of water that it thrives in, these waters are naturally rich in minerals that no other type of plant can survive in. Because of this ability it naturally absorbs these rich mineral contents of this alkaline water.
There is a huge misconception that bathing in mineral rich waters is a tremendous boost to your health. However, the body can not ingest these large mineral properties because it simply does not know how to deal with this form of an incomplete mineral onslaught.
If fact, just the opposite occurs where these inorganic minerals actually block any type of organic form of mineral in the body and can actually cause a deficiency instead of being a real benefit.
However, Spirulina prevents this process from reversing as it helps to breakdown the minerals which make them very easily absorbed into the body and actually helps in the proper distribution process in directing them where they are most needed.
This miracle food also contains several vitamin including Vitamin B6, B12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Folic Acid, Niacin, Riboflavin, Thiamine, and Vitamin E. There is virtually no other form of any one source that contains both these amounts of vitamins as well as minerals.
However, it still does not stop there as it is also very rich in Carotenoids, which are critical in the synthesizing of Vitamin A. The properties of Spirulina allow this vitamin, which is a fat soluble vitamin, to be released only as needed by the body.
Fat soluble vitamins are stored in the liver and can be toxic if the levels are too high, but this miracle food somehow understands this and releases only what is needed.
But perhaps it strongest quality is its ability to positively affect anemia and its ability to convert chlorophyll into hemoglobin. Combined with the B12 content that is unique to this algae as well as the folic acid, it becomes even more remarkable.
With all of the amazing qualities that this miracle food possesses, it would only make sense that it is loaded full of fats, starch, and calories. But again it amazes the medical community as it has only seven percent lipid in fat content and it contains very little sugar or starch. The sugar content that it does have provides the body with a high energy surge without pushing the pancreases and risking hypoglycemia. The calorie content is even more amazing as a 500 gram tablet only contains two calories.
This amazing food source that is somewhere between the plant and the animal kingdom is bursting into the spotlight as the miracle food for the future. The qualities that it contains can not be found in anything else that exists.
This could truly be the mythical manna that existed in the desert and grew in fresh water over two thousand years ago. It is that amazing and it fits all of the descriptions.