Spirulina Protein and
Benefits of Chlorophyll
Spirulina protein is being touted as one of the most digestible proteins on the planet.
Many say this beautiful blue green colored algae is a powerful super food because the protein content of spirulina is a whopping 60 to 70%.
This would make it the highest protein content of any food. However, should you really throw out your steak and replace it with spirulina protein?
Probably not, however I really like spirulina for other reasons.
The health benefits of this blue green algae include providing essential vitamins and minerals. Spirulina also contains an ample amount of chlorophyll.
The Benefits of Chlorophyll
Chlorophyll has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and can help maintain a more alkaline environment.
Chlorophyll is often referred to as the blood of a plant and has the
ability to purify your blood. Chlorophyll is the green pigment that's
involved with photosynthesis.
Photosynthesis is the process of taking light energy (preferably from the sun) and converting it into energy-storing molecules.
The process of photosynthesis converts carbon dioxide and water into glucose for plants or algae to use. Photosynthesis also produces oxygen which gets released into the air.
The benefits of Chlorophyll include aiding in the elimination of air born pollutants and heavy metals.
Did you know that the chlorophyll molecule that's found in spirulina has something in common with the hemoglobin molecule in your blood?
They will both have the same geometry, which is 12 atoms surrounding a central 13th atom. In your blood, the 13th atom at the center will be iron. In chlorophyll that's found in spirulina, the central atom will be magnesium.
Spirulina Health Benefits
- Rich in B Vitamins
- Very High in Beta Carotene
- Incredibly Rich Source of Chlorophyll
- Source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids
- Great Source of Rare Essential Fatty Acid GLA
- Contains Powerful Antioxidants
- Source of Vitamin E
- Impressive Array of Trace Minerals
- Great Source of Minerals like Magnesium
- Highest Source of Natural Protein (60% or more)
Spirulina is a supplement that's being sold to people that are usually on a vegan or vegetarian diet to help them get more protein into
The protein content of spirulina is a whopping 60 to 70% which makes it the highest protein content of any plant based food.
Spirulina is also known as a complete protein due to the fact that it contains all of the essential amino acids.
Spirulina protein actually contains around 18 different amino acids.
Spirulina has no cellulose in its cell walls which should make it easier
for your body to digest. Cellulose is a problem when trying to digest
and assimilate protein from plant foods.
Spirulina protein is touted as being about 90-95% digestible and contains enzymes which help in the digestion process.
However, dried foods usually don't come with enzymes and I've heard that spirulina is not very digestible.
Although, I think fermented spirulina may be able to offer your body more spirulina protein.
Is Spirulina a B12 Supplement?
No, not really.
Unfortunately, spirulina may have much to give, but B12 is not one of its health benefits. Spirulina's B12 is not a true vitamin B12.
Spirulina contains B12 analogues and these B12 analogues have the
potential to block the uptake of true vitamin B12 and may actually prevent the metabolism of
this precious nutrient.
However, spirulina may also contain active B12, so the active B12 and the B12 analogues may just cancel each other out.
The only reliable food sources of B12 are meats, certain seafood, dairy products, and eggs. There really is no chlorophyll based food that can be relied on as a source of active vitamin B12.
If you are a vegan or vegetarian, this could mean having to supplement
with vitamin B12. Be sure to buy a safe B12 supplement and watch out for
Only Buy "Safe" Sources of Spirulina
You want to only buy "pure" spirulina that's safe to consume that's not contaminated with heavy metals or cyanobacteria.
Cyanobacteria (aka neurotoxin BMAA) are blue green photosynthetic microorganisms.
And they can be growing alongside other blue green algaes and can make you sick.
I would definitely stay away from spirulina that comes from China! And I kind of prefer the spirulina that comes out of Hawaii, but always do your own research.
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