of Spirulina ( Arthrospira platensis) microscopic
blue-green algae is not new and his benefits
were known by people in Africa or by the Astecs in Texcoco
lake centuries ago. Today it is very popular around the
world as nutritional food additive, for diet supplement
in weight loss programs. The blue-green algae are also
used in cosmetic applications:
facial masks, skin cleansers, body wrap, acne treatments.
Spirulina is very much appreciated by vegetarians who consider
it as a complete protein.
Spirulina in addition to
vitamins ( B1, B2, B12) contains protein (superior in
a 65% to the one of any other natural food) iron, calcium,
magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium, zinc, beta-carotene,
gamma-linolenic acid, bioflavonoids the rare essential
fatty acid, GLA, only found in maternal milk.
Only 36 grams of Spirulina satisfy the daily necessities of
an adult. Therefore scientists are working on the multi-benefits
of the alga on human being's . An example is the use of Spirulina
to treat the victims of the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl.
They naturally grow in warm, alkaline, brackish
waters. Nowadays they are produced in aqua-culture farms and
are available in powder, capsule and tablet forms.