Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae found in most lakes and ponds. It has been consumed for thousands of years by Mexican (Aztecs, Mayans), African, and Asian peoples. Spirulina is considered a complete protein because well over half of it consists of amino acids -- the building blocks of protein. It is also a rich source of other nutrients including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, carotenoids, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma-linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid). In fact, at least one laboratory study has demonstrated that the iron level in spirulina is equivalent to that contained in beef. Because of its apparent ability to stimulate the immune system, spirulina may have antiviral and anticancer effects. Test tube and animal studies suggest that spirulina may also help protect against harmful allergic reactions. More research is being done to truly see all of the many other benefits of spirulina.*
Interestingly, spirulina has been used in Russia to treat the victims, especially children, of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. In these children, whose bone marrow had been damaged from radiation exposure, spirulina seemed to boost the immune system.*
NASA has conducted studies on Spirulina as potential food for space travel. When it comes to space travel, the goal is to provide the astronauts with foods that are in rich in nutrients but don't take up much space. NASA found that 1 kg of Spirulina had the same nutrients found in about 1,000 kgs of "assorted vegetables"! Simply put, when you are feeding your body such a high concentration of healthy nutrients, good things will happen.
Chlorophyll is basically the blood of plants. It is chlorophyll that allows a plant to transform light into nutrients for the plant - photosynthesis. It is chlorophyll that gives plants and algae their green pigmentation.
This is a PURE ORGANIC product! Our new organic Spirulina is Certified under the US Pharmacopoeia Ingredient Verification program, has a HACCP- Food Safety Standards Certification by BVQI, is certified Kosher and Halal by BVQI, and has ISO 9001 (quality certification) & ISO 14001 (certified compliance with environmental practices and quality certifications by BVQI. IMO has independently certified this spirulina as Organic as per USDA/NOP-Final Regulations, and Naturland has certified the product as vegetarian (to the ‘vegan’ standard).
The real difficulty in producing Certified Organic Spirulina is in finding an appropriate fertilizer that provides nitrogen. Most companies use Chilean nitrate, a mined source that is non-renewable and could present problems in agriculture-related to groundwater runoff (not a real problem for spirulina ponds). For largely these reasons Chilean nitrate was recently dropped from the approved list of substances allowed in USDA-certified organic products. Our organic grower has developed a proprietary, certified all-vegetable source of nitrogen that does not use yeasts, soy, microorganisms, glutamate or growth enhancers, allowing us to offer this fully-tested, fully certified, world-class Organic Spirulina.
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LifeSource Vitamins Organic Spirulina is produced without the use of these common allergens:
- cereal grains or gluten (corn, wheat, wheat derivatives, gluten, etc.)
- seeds (sesame, etc.)
- yeast or yeast derivatives
- animal products (meat, dairy, eggs)
LifeSource's Organic spirulina is non-GMO and spray-dried without carriers or processing aids, which ensures potency and purity. Most spray-dried products have contaminants in them for the drying process, we do not. Our Organic Spirulina has excellent nutrient levels of carotenoids and xanthophylls, chlorophyll (with low levels of pheophorbides, high levels of which would indicate poor processing methods), protein, GLA, and mineral nutrients.
Animal and test-tube studies suggest that spirulina increases the production of antibodies, cytokines (infection-fighting proteins), and other cells that improve immunity and help ward off infection and chronic illnesses such as cancer. *
Amino acids make up 62% of spirulina. Because it is a rich source of protein and other nutrients, spirulina has been used traditionally as a nutritional supplement by people who cannot obtain sufficient calories or protein through diet alone and by those whose nutritional requirements are higher than normal, such as athletes. *
Animal studies suggest that spirulina promotes hematopoiesis (formation and development of red blood cells). This is thought to be due to the high levels of iron present in this food supplement.*
Animal and test tube studies suggest that spirulina may protect against allergic reactions by preventing the release of histamines (substances that contribute to allergy symptoms such as a runny nose, watery eyes, hives, and soft-tissue swelling). Whether these preliminary studies will translate into benefit for people with allergies is not known.*
Although antibiotics destroy unwanted organisms in the body, they may also kill "good" bacteria called probiotics (such as Lactobacillus acidophilus) which sometimes results in diarrhea. In test tubes, spirulina has promoted the growth of L. acidophilus and other probiotics. Whether this positive laboratory finding will translate into protection from antibiotic-related diarrhea is not clear at this time.*
Test tube studies suggest that spirulina has activity against herpes, influenza, cytomeglovirus, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Whether this laboratory finding will prove beneficial for people in treating these infections is not clear. *
In one study, 87 people who chewed tobacco and had a precancerous lesion known as leukoplakia were randomly assigned to receive Spirulina fusiformis or placebo. Lesions were significantly more likely to disappear in the spirulina group than in the placebo group. More research in this area will be very helpful.*
There is some preliminary evidence that spirulina may help protect against liver damage and cirrhosis (liver failure) in those with chronic hepatitis. More research is needed in this area.*
Spirulina is also contained in some skincare products due to its moisturizing and tightening properties, and components derived from spirulina may have properties to help reduce inflammation in, for example, arthritis. More research is needed in this latter area. *
LifeSource takes pride in its superior quality Spirulina from Cyanotech. Part of what makes this super green food a quality product is the drying process used to produce it.
LifeSource Vitamins Spirulina - a complete protein with over half of it consists of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Also a rich source of other nutrients including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, allergic reactions, anticancer effects. *
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