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Spirulina: natural ingredient of Zetastop

Always been known in Oriental medicine for its many therapeutic properties, it was used by people of all continents as an important and fundamental food. The Aztec warriors considered spirulina, that was growing wild in Lake Texcoco, as the secret of their strength.

In recent decades, the return of blue-green algae as nutritional supplements natural occurred in conjunction with the more accentuated depletion of agricultural land and food. Along with the pollution of air, water and food, the collapse of the nutritional value of food is the fundamental cause of the development of the typical modern disease, the degenerative disease.
Metabolic functions, energy and immune system of an organism malnourished (and just what it is, paradoxically in the opulent society of the waste in which we live) tend to degenerate progressively. At the beginning symptoms are disorders such as anxiety and depression, fatigue, premature aging, flu and colds constant, allergies, etc., but by the time these symptoms tend to become serious degenerative diseases (heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, osteoarthritis, etc.).

A convincing answer seems to be that of "nutrient dense super foods" natural foods that have maintained superior nutritional characteristics.
As part of these superfoods including sprouts, cereal grasses, bee products, etc. the blue-green algae occupy an important place. They are, in fact, from the beginning of life on this planet, the base of the food chain and therefore always provide the entire set of nutrition in all living organisms higher.

The most common edible microalgae are spirulina, chlorella, and Klamath. Spirulina and chlorella are excellent foods that contain more than 30 minerals and trace elements. In addition to being the largest source of calcium, spirulina contains the full spectrum of those trace minerals essential to health.
In addition to a high content of proportional vit. C and vitamin E, spirulina possesses the complete group of B vitamins in high amounts, including 200% of the RDA of vitamin B12 in only 1.5 grams.

20 amino acids and 70% complete protein

Spirulina is the only food ever That contains all twenty amino acids. The proportions of its 8 essential amino acids is virtually identical to that considered optimal for the human body which makes its protein more assimilable of the same animal protein and it makes effective the amino acid neurotransmitter precursors. It is for this reason that spirulina has always had an extraordinary effect on all the problems and neurological disorders.

Antioxidants

In addition to numerous antioxidant pigments, spirulina has a high content of beta-carotene, perfectly assimilable and developed by many other carotenoids 14 (scientific research has now shown that it is only the set of carotenoids and beta-carotene alone to produce effects antioxidant and immunostimulant).

Fatty acid

The cell membrane of spirulina is an excellent source of Omega-3 and Omega-6, the latter in the ideal form of GLA. Is for this reason that spirulina helps to reduce deposits of cholesterol and triglycerides and promotes the health of the nervous system and the cardiovascular system.

Nutritherapeutic properties of alga spirulina

The therapeutic properties of Spirulina derived by the set of its numerous nutrients and especially from their perfect synergy that grows exponentially the properties of each. Scientific research has now established unequivocally that for staying healthy should not assume much larger quantity of one or a few nutrients, but rather the widest nutritional synergy, if possible, from natural sources.

In addition, we must not forget the wild character of spirulina. The healers of all traditional cultures have always preferred to use foods and wild plants collected in the mountains.
Wild plants have more life force and therefore more resistant to external attacks. The insects prefer foods grown to those wild wildlife and similarly parasites, viruses and bacteria that infect the human body penetrate more difficult in an environment nurtured by wild foods.

The most common benefits experienced by those who regularly consume spirulina are the increase of energy and physical vitality and clarity of mind; radical reduction of stress and true antidepressant effects; a significant enhancement of the immune system and the normalization of fat metabolism; by the reduction in weight and a radical rejuvenation of the skin and throughout the body; by the improvement of Alzheimer's than that of hepatitis.

For several years, major universities in North America have begun to promote scientific research targeted which have, in fact, confirmed effects just mentioned to a therapeutic level deeper. These studies have shown that spirulina is probably one of the most potent immunoregulatory. It can quickly and significantly reduce the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, can treat almost all treatable brain trauma and is one of the most powerful antioxidants known.

Main active components in spirulina

In addition to chlorophyll, like all algae spirulina contains Proteins. It is one of the richest natural sources of protein (contains about 70% of its weight, while the soybean contains 35% and the meat 20%).
The protein in Spirulina is complete and of great biological value because they contain all eight essential amino acids (those that the body cannot synthesize) in the optimal proportion well as other non-essential.

Contains lipids (8% of its weight), largely consisting of unsaturated fatty acids, such as linoleic acid and in particular gamma-linolenic acid: spirulina is one of the vegetable most rich in these substances, very valid in the treatment of atherosclerosis.

Present glucides or carbon hydrates (18%), among which stands out by relevance a rare natural sugar: rhamnose, which promotes glucose metabolism and exerts a beneficial effect on diabetes.

It contains vitamins A, of group B, E and H (biotin). Its contents significant vitamin B12, greater even than that of the mammalian liver, makes of the spirulina a food much appreciated by those who follow a strict vegetarian diet that is devoid of eggs and dairy products. It should be stated, however, that vitamin B12 is not found in the algae properly so called, but in a variety of bacteria that typically accompany.

We also find various minerals and trace elements. It is especially rich in iron: 53 mg. in 100 g. of the edible part (the meat contains from 2 to 3 mg. per 100 g., and the liver 11 mg.).

Activities and use of alga spirulina

Due to its richness in nutrients, Spirulina exerts an action very beneficial in many cases and diseases. In more detail:

  • Slimming diets: its rather low caloric content (360 calories per 100 g.) Compared to the great amount of protein and vitamins, spirulina is an excellent supplement for slimming diets. Its use helps to maintain the nutritional balance in low-calorie diets without causing weakness or exhaustion due to malnutrition.
    In addition, the wealth of fenilalamina, essential amino acid present in relatively high doses, according to some researchers helps to reduce the feeling of hunger. Diseases requiring a forced diet, such as diabetes, hepatitis or pancreatitis, in which there is the risk that produce deficiencies
  • Anemia: the considerable content of iron and essential amino acids favors the synthesis of hemoglobin, the main constituent of red blood cells. Spirulina is therefore recommended to pregnant women
  • Situations of malnutrition, convalescence and physical exhaustion: it acts as a tonic and restorative general of the body.
  • Atherosclerosis and its complications: angina pectoris, myocardial infarction and arterial ischemia (lack of blood flow), which mostly affects the legs. The beneficial effect of spirulina is developed thanks to its wealth of unsaturated fatty acids, such as linoleic acid and the ’gamma-linolenic acid