Spirulina comes from a class of bacteria that gets their energy from sunlight. It can be found in many places in land and in water such as lakes, seas and oceans, bare soil and rocks, and moist areas in desert lands.
Spirulina contains the following substances that are good for you:
It contains 60% proteins and all the eight essential amino acids.
It contains a significant amount of beta carotene
It is considered the best source of gamma linoleic acid.
It is a good source of vitamin B, trace elements, chlorophyll, enzymes and minerals.
Spirulina contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, and vitamin B9. It is also rich in vitamin A, C, D and vitamin E and a rich source of potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorous, selenium, zinc, chromium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium.
It also contains beta-carotene, in fact 3100% more beta-carotene than carrots, chlorophyll and other types of microscopic algae. It is a rich source of the fatty acids found in fish such as eicosapentaenoic acid, and docosahexaenoic acid, gamma-linolenic acid, linoleic acid, alpha-linoleic acid, stearidonic acid and arachidonic acid.
Spirulina is an effective chelating agent. It removes toxic minerals and radioactive substances from the body.
It protects the heart against damage caused by chemotherapy, protects against memory loss due to aging, lateral sclerosis and hay fever.
Experiments conducted on laboratory animals show that spirulina does not participate in the body’s metabolism and therefore does not contribute to a person’s weight loss efforts in other words spirulina does not help you lose body fats.
Some people with business interest in spirulina claim that it is a good source of vitamin B12. However, the American Dietetic Association and the Dietitians of Canada declared that spirulina is actually not a reliable source of vitamin B12 because its content is a pseudovitamin B12 which is not used for human consumption.