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The Many Health Benefits of Spirulina

How many food sources do you know that provide the ability to rejuvenate the body, enhance energy levels, support tissue healing and repair, detoxify, support the immune response and potentially ward off dangerous cancer all in ONE?  Spirulina blue green algae has been termed one of the many wonder foods of the world and has been used traditionally in many medicinal cultures to aid in the recovery of the ill and support overall health.  It could be considered potentially the only food you could possibly ever need!


Spirulina blue green algae is known to be one of the world’s best sources of all around nutrition.  In fact, the algae has been used as a prime food ingredient in many cultures to sustain overall health as well as to prevent and aid in the recovery from malnutrition.  Spirulina is grown across the world in many countries in various controlled ponds, as seen in the photo below, then harvested and processed.  In its raw form, the algae is a dark green, sweet smelling powder. 

Medical research data has indicated that not only does Spirulina provide a high level of quality protein, vitamins and minerals in their natural form, but it has demonstrated the ability to detoxify the body by binding heavy metals and the potential to alter the progression of many forms of cancer.

A couple of words regarding the processing of spirulina, primarily due to one of it’s natural properties.  Spirulina has been shown in various human studies to have the ability to detoxify the body primarily through binding and removal of various heavy metals.  By nature of its growth in ponds and due to heavy pollution of our environment, one has to be cautious about the heavy metals that Spirulina may contain in its raw form.  In many instances, water run off into ponds could carry heavy metals as well as other pollutants, which could then be taken up by the algae.  This is true of almost any algae species and one must use caution. If you purchase Spirulina, it is advisable to seek a certificate of analysis from the supplier to ensure its quality and safety.  Our spirulina is all natural, containing no preservatives, dyes, pesticides or any radiation during processing.  As with all of our ingredients, our spirulina is tested for heavy metal levels as well as microbial contamination prior to incorporating into our products.

So, what is so great about Spirulina? 

This blue green algae has been shown to have tremendous nutritive capabilities for starters.  On analysis of 100 grams of spirulina the nutritive breakdown is as follows:

  • Calories 386
  • Total Fat  7.5 grams
  • Carbohydrates  14 grams
  • Protein 69 grams
  • Beta Carotenes  150 grams
  • Vitamin A  250,000 iu
  • Vitamin K  850 mcg
  • Vitamin B-12   160 mcg
  • Calcium  177 mg 
  • Iron   68 mg
  • GLA  1.3 grams
  • Potassium  1640 mg

Nutrients are meant to be consumed in their natural forms, as often there are many co-factors found in various food sources that enhance absorption and assimilation. Spirulina blue green algae is one of the most important complete food sources known to man.In terms of other benefits, spirulina has shown the ability to aid in overall detoxification by binding heavy metals as well as other toxins that may be present in our bodies, as well as those of our pets and horses.  Spirulina has also shown to have potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, helps to support the immune system and overall cellular function. This blue green algae has also been shown to tonify the blood, improve brain and heart function, increase energy levels and also help to balance the gastrointestinal tract.

Clinical Benefits:

The clinical benefits derived by making Spirulina blue green algae part of your health routine can be incredible.  Naturally occurring and readily digestible protein,vitamins and minerals help to enhance cellular function and energy production, but also support healing of tissues and generalized organ function, which may replace the need to take a synthetic vitamin/mineral supplement daily. 

Daily supplementation with Spirulina translates into:

  • Enhanced Energy
  • Improved Recovery
  • Accelerated Healing
  • Generalized Detoxification
  • Improved Skin and Hair Condition
  • Overall Improvement in Allergies/Immune Response

The ONLY downside to daily Spirulina supplementation is the overall flavor.  Spirulina has an algae or seaweed type of flavor.  For people, it can be mixed with water, fruit juices, mixed with a protein smoothie or mixed with yogurt or oatmeal.  For pets, it is best to mix with a variety of foods.  Horses tend to eat Spirulina readily in most cases.

If you suffer from dry skin, allergies, fatigue or general toxicity…Spirulina could prove to be very beneficial!
In our companion animal patients, we have used Spirulina to enhance energy and vitality in the older pet, improve hair/skin coat, support the tendons, reduce allergies,support our cancer patients and even enhance overall cognition. 
In our equine patients, we have found Spirulina to not only enhance the hair and skin coat, but hoof health as well.  Soft tissue injuries, including tendon damage, often respond very well to Spirulina due to the added protein and nutrients, which accelerate and support healing.  Spirulina has also proven very beneficial in cases of equine allergies, including respiratory conditions.
We offer spirulina blue green in many of our products for humans, pets and horses as well as for bulk purchase.  The benefits can be incredible!
All our best,
Tom Schell, D.V.M.

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