Blue/green algae is one of earths oldest living organisms, this micro-algae exits somewhere between a plant and an animal.
Microscopic photos of green algae courtesy of Microscopy-UK
You’ve heard of Superfoods– the buzz word for this generation, also a very pure, raw and natural product. Superfood’s are essentially either organic plants, berries, fruits, nuts, beans and root powders that through their abundance of rich minerals and phyto-nutrients increase vitality and life expectancy.
The great thing about Superfoods is that they are organic and whole complete foods. They are not synthesized versions of the natural product, and they are not and extraction of one part of the whole. Some examples of Superfoods are: Goji berries- A dried fruit from Tibet, is one of the highest antioxidant containing fruits in the world. Maca powder- A ground root plant from Peru, increases stamina and sexual energy. Cacao- An organic bean from South America, and an ingredient used in the making of chocolate, that increases the level of PEA, which enhances positive feelings. Spirulina and Blue Green Algaes. In this article we focus on the Algae that has become famous for its curative properties on the whole body and brain.
Blue/green algae is one of earths oldest living organisms, this micro-algae exits somewhere between a plant and an animal. It can be found in almost every conceivable environment, from oceans, fresh water. bare rock and soil. Blue/green algae also accounts for 20–30% of Earth's photosynthetic productivity and converts solar energy into biomass-stored chemical energy. If this sounds scientific, it is! The algae utilizes the energy of sunlight to drive photosynthesis, a process where the energy of light is used to split water molecules into oxygen, protons, and electrons. While most of the high-energy electrons derived from water are utilized by the algae’s cells for their own needs, a fraction of these electrons are donated to the external environment via electrogenic activity.
In the body
Blue/green algae's ancient power is also one of natures most abundant sources of nourishment for humans, and given the title of ‘Superfood’ by nutritionists world wide. It is the most nutrient dense food on the planet, surpassing the ability of any single grain, herb or plant in its extraordinarily high nutrient level. It has the capacity of producing twenty times the amount of protein as that of soybeans. With an abundance of vitamins, minerals, simple carbohydrates, lipids and biologically active enzymes. Due to the algae's nutritious soft cell wall, these nutrients are readily available to the body. As the body uses only a small amount of energy to convert this superfood into fuel. Blue/green algae has been found in various cultures dating back to the ancient Aztecs of Mexico, they used Spirulina ( a type of blue green algae) as a staple food. It is recorded that these native people gathered a ‘blue mud’ from lake Texoco and made a type of sun-dried chip from it. More currently in Japan physicians routinely prescribe Spirulina as an approved medicinal treatment. It is known to treat diabetes, anemia and malnutrition.
Specific actions associated with blue green algae are;
- Stimulates macrophages to destroy invading disease organisms and carcinogens.
- Potentiates the immune system with its anti-tumor, anti-viral and interferon effect.
- Helps to sanitize the bowel by detoxifying the colon and promoting the growth of healthy bacteria.
- Promotes tissue repair in wounds and burns and has anti-infectious properties.
- Decreases cholesterol levels and helps to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Works as an inflammatory, helping to reduce the inflammation characteristic of arthritis.
- Provides superior nutritional support as one of nature’s whole foods for anyone who is weakened by disease, alcohol or drug abuse.
- Helps to balance RNA/DNA (nucleic acids).
- Curbs the appetite and helps stimulate the metabolism.
- Works like an antioxidant in detoxifying the body of pollutants.
Modern specialists in the fields of natural healing through organics and live foods, such as esteemed Dr. Gabriel Cousins use blue/green algae when treating patients who suffer from various deceases such as diabetes and addictions. When treating depression he reports ‘an overall increase in mental alertness, mental stamina, short and long term memory, problem solving, creativity, dream recall, a greater sense of well being and centeredness’-It is known as a ‘brain food’.
Lets not forget Winter is around the corner, and this is the time of the year when we try and muster the strength and fortitude to load on all our layers of clothes, heavy boots and hope we don’t slip on wet sidewalks. There can be a sense of struggle, of heavy work, either mentally or physically, that comes with wintery days. Happy sunshine is hard to come by, and looming health conditions are dreaded as we traipse in and out of the cafe’s and stores, freezing one minute, and then sweating beads from blasting heat the next. Blue/green algae can be the answer to fortifying the mind and body, and the spirit follows close behind. You cannot take to much of the algae, you can start with the recommended dosage and increase it as you see fit.
Its very important to find a pure and organic source of Blue/green algae. Because of its quick absorbency into our blood stream, it is essential not to absorb plants that have been exposed to toxins. When buying Superfoods, make sure to buy organic, whole foods and not versions of the whole, as in juices and blends, for the proper nutrients.