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What is spirulina?

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae, which is a simple, one-celled type of algae that lives in warm, alkaline fresh-water lakes.

The word spirulina is derived from the Latin word for helix or spiral; which describes the the physical attributes of the spirulina itself, as it forms curly, swirling, microscopic strands.

Spirulina contains a high level of the essential fatty acids, including:

Spirulina also contains many vitamins:

Spirulina also contains many minerals:


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Important spirulina facts

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Why spirulina is important

Studies have shown that spriulina can inhibit HIV cells (these experiments were conducted in test tubes and not on live subjects yet).

By stimuling the production of antibodies, spirulina enhances the immune system, which improves resistance to disease. Spirulina stimulates the production and activation of the white blood cells that enhance immunity - macrophages, T cells and B cells.

Spirulina also improves digestion and absorprion, by protecting and enhancing the levels of "good" bacteria in the gastro-intestinal system and decreasing any "bad" bacteria such as candida albicans.


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Last reviewed: 30 September 2007 || Last updated: 14 March 2010


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NOTE: Mega doses of any type of vitamin, mineral, amino acid or herbal supplement cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of complementary supplements.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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