Centuries ago, the Aztecs (Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican people of central Mexico) discovered that the spiral shaped blue-green algae on their Lake Texcoco when consumed was fulfilling, satisfying and boosted their stamina. The algae turned out to be Spirulina - nowadays called by many people as a superfood!
Why is it a superfood you ask?
Spirulina gained fame in the 1970s when NASA used it as a part of the diet for the astronauts in space. This was because they found that 1 kg of spirulina had the same nutrients found in about 1000 kg of different vegetables and the goal was to provide the astronauts with food rich in nutrients that do not take up too much room.
Not only is 60-70% of spirulina’s dry weight made of protein consisting of all essential amino acids, it also contains Omega 3 fatty acids (ALA, EPA and DHA), Gama-linolenic acid (which is difficult to find in regular food source and must be created by the body), nucleic acids, beta-carotene (provitamin A), vitamins B, C & E. Mineral content includes iron, potassium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus and calcium to name a few. It could as well be the most nutrient dense food on the planet! Spirulina contains an active ingredient called phycocyanin which is a powerful antioxidant i.e., protects your body from foreign invaders and bacteria at almost 4 times higher than blueberries. Phycocyanin gives it the blue-green colour and has anti-inflammatory properties. Spirulina is also high in chlorophyll which removes toxins from the blood and boosts immunity.
But one thing it does not have is Vitamin B12. Unlike few claims which name spirulina as a vegetarian source of B12, it is not true as the B12 in spirulina is a pseudo-vitamin which is not absorbable or effective in humans. Considering the many benefits that Spirulina actually has, we do wonder why some companies try to market it as a source of Vitamin B12 – which is one thing it doesn’t have!
Other than the direct benefits of providing multiple nutrients, studies have shown that spirulina can treat arsenic poisoning especially in India and Bangladesh where the drinking water consumed has high concentrations of arsenic. Spirulina when supplemented with zinc reduces the toxicity level by almost half. A study in Kerala has shown positive results in treating pre-cancerous lesions in the mouth due to chewing of tobacco.
But these are all studies that need to be further substantiated. Still, leaving aside the studies and experiments explaining the various other benefits of spirulina, who would not want to take in this powerhouse of a supplement jam-packed with vitamins and minerals that could help us in maintaining overall health.
Purayati Spirulina capsules have been formulated considering the benefits of Spirulina and contain an ideal dosage of 500 mg per vegetarian capsule.