Philippines is a country known for using herbal medicines from ancient times. Herbal medicine is basically the use of leaves, barks, roots and flowers of plants for treatment or prevention of sickness. In the recent past, researchers have been keen to study the herbal medicines used by Filipinos in the rural areas. Studies by industries and government confirm the effectiveness of certain herbs in the treatment of diseases. In addition to their curative value, many of these herbs also have been proven to contain health benefits.
Spirulina is one of the traditional plants that has been used as food for thousands of years. Spirulina is a blue green alga that grows in fresh water, that is edible and very nutritious. Spirulina has numerous health benefits. Spirulina is easy to digest because the cell wall does not have cellulose which our digestive system cannot break down. Instead, spirulina cell wall is made up of mucopolysaccharides that are super easy to break down making the nutrients in spirulina highly bio-available resulting in the nutrients getting quickly absorbed in our body.
Spirulina contains antioxidants such as Phycocyanin and phycocyanobilin that fight free radicals responsible for causing cell damage. Free radicals have been proven to speed up the aging process and also contribute to causing of cancer. Phycocyanobilin protects kidneys from damage caused by diabetes. Spirulina is also rich in proteins. Proteins are essential nutrient requirements for the repair, regeneration and maintaining of body tissues. Spirulina contains estimated 60% protein by weight making it a great source compared to beef which only has 22%.
Spiruzyme products by SFF provide vitamin B12 needed by our nerves to be healthy. Gamma Linolenic Acid, an important fatty acid that helps protect from eczema and psoriasis. The most Gamma Linolenic Acid available is mostly found in human breast milk. This acid is very important to babies and helps their brain to develop and build new connections. Gamma Linolenic acid has also been shown to enhance the immune system. Adults who were bottle-fed and did not feed on breastmilk, might be in great need of Gamma Linolenic Acid found in spirulina to help reduce deficiency of this important acid.
Spirulina is also rich in chlorophyll and beta-carotene which are powerful antioxidants. These help in building the immune system. Spirulina is also a great source of calcium important in the body. Spirulina should therefore be thought of as food or necessary supplement to be included in healthy diets and lifestyles. Spirulina is available in capsule and powder form which is easy to consume and requires no preparation time, learn more here!