Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae, along with chlorella. They are mostly found in South America, Africa and Mexico, and all over the world where the waters are warm and alkaline. Its name comes from a Latin word that means "helix" or "spiral" because of the swirling microscopic strands of the organism.
Dr. Pekka Puska, director of Communicable Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the World Health Organization said that algae, which can be locally and cheaply produced, is loaded with protein and other nutritive values. And spirulina stands above all because it is scientifically well tested and documented.
Spirulina, in addition to being easy to grow and handle at low cost, requires less water than a vegetable garden and it can be dried and conserved for years. Spirulina contains a rich concentration of perfectly balanced amino acids (protein), fiber, vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients. It will be very good for any population, but it certainly holds much promise for the two-third world population who are stricken with poverty and malnutrition.
More benefits of Spirulina are:
• a great source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid benefiting patients with heart disease
• a great source of natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects
• a great source of beta-carotene (pro-vitamin in A)
• a great source of biochelated organic Iron
• beneficial as an aid in weight-loss programs
• ability to reduce fasting blood sugar levels benefiting type 2 diabetic patients
• maintains a healthy pH balance in your body
• plays a major role in cleansing and detoxification of the body because of its chlorophyll content
• protection against environmental toxins
• helps boost immune system
According to UNICEF, a spirulina local production system, as a micronutrient complement, has been developed by the Antenna Technologies responding to the criteria of the International Conference on Malnutrition. Hundreds of children are already benefiting from spirulina. Antenna's scientific team has initiated the following development and research program: Clinical validation of the spirulina effects in Madurai (India) and Bangui (Central Africa). Other clinical trials have been realized in Dakar (Senegal).
Indeed the best things in life are almost free. True to this statement are the overall benefits we can get from this wonder food which deserves the title "super food". It can improve millions of malnourished children and adults of the world.