Veterinarian Reviewed on June 14, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Spirulina, or organic Spirulina, is a nutritional supplement that is made from two different types of cyanobacteria: Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima. These organic forms of bacteria are cultivated using high quality and safety standards as a dietary supplement for both humans and animals.
Organic Spirulina consists of free- floating cyanonacteria that is naturally found in tropical lakes where there is a high supply of pH and adequate carbonates and bicarbonates concentrations in the water. Organic Spirulina is a fresh water plant and has become a staple food of some African cultures as well as Mexican cultures too.
History and Origin
Spirulina is a food source used by many South and Central American natives. Neither the therapeutic benefits of Spirulina nor the cultivation of this dietary supplement, were not done until more recent years.
The Aztecs and the Mesoamericans used Spirulina as a common food source and harvested most of their supply from Lake Texcoco. They were then made into cakes and that were called Tecuitlatl which means ‘Stone’s Excrement’.
In the African country of Chad, the history of Spirulina dates back as early as the 9th century during the Kanem Empire when they dried these into cakes and were added to broth and eaten as side dish for their main meals.
The first commercially produced plant for Organic Spirulina was run by Sosa Texcoco that made this dietary supplement more readily available for anybody who wanted to reap its therapeutic benefits.
The use of algae-food supplements were first developed in the 20th century and this is due to the results of studies that led to the conclusion that Organic Spirulina contains 55% to 77% protein in dry weight. It contains essential amino acids which are comparable to eggs and milk. Organic Spirulina contains nutrients that are essential for overall body growth and development. This food supplement contains high levels of Vitamin E that is needed for skin and immune system health.
Organic Spirulina is recommended for people who tire quite easily and have very stressful lives. This can significantly increase the health of the immune system increasing your resistance to many types of diseases and illnesses. It is a perfect source of high quality protein that is great for people who are sports and fitness enthusiasts, for those on a diet and also to promote health and development in children.
Organic Spirulina preparations are available in tablet form, powdered form and also as a supplement for cats, dogs and horses, as well as other types of animals and pets.
There are no notable side effects of Organic Spirulina and many who have used this dietary supplement for boosting their immune system health have had great results. Eating Organic Spirulina and adding it into your daily diet regimen can increase your daily quality protein intake for tissue repair.
If you wish to take Organic Spirulina to treat a particular ailment, then it is recommended that you first discuss Spirulina with your doctor regarding the right dose for you. It may also cause adverse drug reactions when taken together with your current medications, so be sure to discuss any contraindications. Talk to your doctor first before adding Organic Spirulina into your diet if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as well.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan