From: Joe & Anne Lewis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Spirulina: Over hyped pond scum or?
Dear Dr. Gary L. Green, D.C.;
Spirulina is an ancient plant one cell wide, stacked together end to end,
to form spirals. It's cell walls are mostly protein, unlike most plants
with cell walls of cellulose. The body must break down the cellulose walls
of most plants to get the protein and other nutrients, and that makes it
hard for humans to absorb or assimilate their protein and nutrients. The
protein and other nutrients in spirulina are therefore easily absorbable.
Spirulina contains 18 amino acids, the so called building blocks of
proteins, including the 8 essential amino acids which humans can't make
ourselves and must get from our food. Spirulina also contains many
essential minerals and vitamins including betacarotene. Plus, unlike most
plants spirulina stores energy as glycogen instead of starch, just like a
human body does, so your body can use easily convert the spirulina you eat
Spirulina is 65% protein, higher then any other plant.
Compare it to Eggs (45%), Brewers Yeast ( 45%), Soybeans (40%) , dried milk
(35%) and beef (17%). Spirulina is rich in vitamins and minerals. It
contains the entire B-complex group of vitamins. Previously substantial
B-12 sources were thought to only come from animal sources, however
Spirulina contains twice the B-12 content of liver. As a natural source of
B vitamins Spirulina could replace all synthetic B vitamin supplements. The
main pigment in Spirulina is betacarotene, which when absorbed by the body
is converted into vitamin A on a as needed basis. So there is little or no
risk of vitamin A toxicity. Spirulina also contains calcium, iron,
potassium, zinc and many trace elements.
Spirulina is a blue-green aquatic plant (algae) bt it should not be
confused with other algae marketed as health food like "Super Blue Green
Algae" from Klamath Lake which has a different nutritional profile,
Spirulina is believed by most to be very good for you, but many
preparations don't taste good. But there are some tasty preparations
available. And information on these can be supplied upon request.