For thousands of years the native peoples of Mexico, Africa and Asia have eaten Spirulina and made it one of their major sources of protein. The plant’s chemical makeup is 65% amino acids, including the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid.
Spirulina is classified as cyanobacteria or blue-green algae and can grow in extreme conditions inhospitable to most other water-dwelling organisms. It’s generally cultivated in manmade or natural lakes, harvested and freeze-dried. Due to its rich source of many vitamins and minerals, Spirulina has been incorporated in many foods and beverages such as energy bars, popcorn and smoothies.
Spirulina boasts a 60% protein content — it’s a richer source of protein than most vegetables — and it’s also a good source of beta-carotene, various minerals, and gamma-linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid.
It is thought that Spirulina benefits also include weight loss, increased energy and stimulation of the immune system.
How to use:
Dosage for adults: 1 to 2 teaspoons of Spirulina powder per day. Add to any beverage or smoothie for an extra boost of protein and nutrition.
Cautions and contraindications:
If you have a thyroid condition, an autoimmune disorder, gout, kidney stones, phenylketonuria (PKU), or are pregnant or nursing, Spirulina may not be appropriate for you. Check with your healthcare provider before taking it.
Cautions & contraindications:
Seaweeds contain naturally high levels of iodine, which is contraindicated in persons with hyperthyroid. This product is harvested from the sea therefore occasional shell fragments may be present in the product. Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to fish or shellfish.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.
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