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Spirulina - A General Overview

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Spirulina is a dietary supplement. It is grown all around the world and comes in three different forms - tablet, flake and powder. As well as being a dietary supplement for humans, it can also be given to pets such as cats and dogs.

In the past spirulina is thought to have been used by the ancient Aztecs in the 16th century in what is now known as Mexico. They called it Tecuitlatl, or stone’s excrement. The first major spirulina plant was set up in the 1970s at Lake Texoco, the place where it was first found in abundance.

Although it is now grown worldwide, the main providers of spirulina are America, Thailand, India, Taiwan, China and Myanmar.

As a dietary supplement, it has some definite health benefits. It contains lots of protein, essential amino acids and essential fatty acids. It contains a wide range of vitamins including B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamide), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), B12 (cyanocobalamin), and vitamins C, D and E. It also contains a whole host of minerals including potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, selenium, sodium and zinc. It makes vitamin A available to use in the body. Vitamin A is needed to keep eyes, teeth and the immune system functioning properly.

Research on animals has shown that spirulina can help to reduce strokes and improves recovery from strokes, reverses age-related memory loss and both treats and prevents hay fever. In addition, it is also used to treat arthritis, increase energy levels, improve the functioning of the liver, make the body more resistant to disease and improve overall health. There are several side effects to spirulina including dry fever and sickness.

Spirulina is not just available for human consumption. You can also buy it to give to your pets and it is perfectly safe to do so. It is used in certain dental products, which are aimed at cats and dogs.

Go here for more information on Spirulina. You might be surprised just how popular this algae is becoming.

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