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Spirulina - The Oldest Food on Earth

Spirulina is the oldest food on Earth, being the first plant life, unchanged for eons. It is arguably the most nutritious plant life on Earth as well.

A simple, one-cell organism - Green Algae - soaks up sunlight (solar energy) and converts it to Chlorophyll, at twice the strength found in Wheatgrass or Green Barley. It also contains very high concentrations of minerals and trace elements, notably Iron. It is 58 times richer in Bio-available Iron than Spinach. Spirulina is high in essential Amino Acids (an egg has all 8 Amino Acids, but Spirulina is even better than eggs).

It is very rich in Vitamins, and in Spirulina, they are all Bio-available, i.e., the body can absorb them all, unlike synthetic Vitamins. Bioflavenoids provide the Anti-oxidants, GLA and Arachidonic Acids - the Low Fats, and it is rich in easily digestible Carbohydrates and Essential Fatty Acids.

Its Proteins include Isoleucine (Growth, Intelligence, Nitrogen equilibrium) and natural Phenylalanine (not to be confused with the synthetic poison in artificial sweeteners). It is 65 to 71 percent complete protein, with all essential amino acids in perfect balance. In comparison, beef is only 22 percent protein. Spirulina has a photosynthetic conversion rate of 8 to 10 percent, compared to only 3 percent in such land-growing plants as soybeans.

In addition, Spirulina is one of the few plant sources of vitamin B12, usually found only in animal tissues. A teaspoon of Spirulina supplies 2 1/2 times the Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamin B12 and contains over twice the amount of this vitamin found in an equivalent serving of liver. It is highly recommended for vegetarians.

(This Article based mainly on a Lecture on Spirulina, by Dr Ranganath Nayak, Leadership Seminar at Cidade de Goa Resort, Goa, India, October 2005. Dr Nayak is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, as well as an expert in Nutrition, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine).

Reiner Hoyer

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