Certain algae, especially the micro-algae spirulina and chlorella contain more chlorophyl than any other foods, and their chlorophyl content can be more than double depending on their growing conditions.  These aquatic plants are the most accepted and best known micro-algae at this time.  These primitive organisms were among the first life forms.  In blue green algae such as spirulina, we find 3 1/2 billion years of life on this planet encoded in their nucleic acids (RNA/DNA).  At the same time, all micro algae supply that fresh burst of primal essence that manifested when life was in its birthing stages.  Many people have instinctively began to turn to these original life forms for nutritional support.

Micro algae, in their dried state, – the usual commercial form of these products – we find, in addition to chlorophyll, the highest sources of protein, beta-carotene and nucleic acids of any plant food.  Their very large store of nucleic acids (RNA/DNA) is known to benefit cellular renewal and to reverse aging.  Too much nucleic acid however, can raise the uric acid level in the body, causing calcium depletion, kidney stones and gout.  Such problems havent  generally arisen because standard dosages of micro algae contain safe amounts of nucleic acids.  Another example of, more is not better!  The medical use of algae is not yet approved in the US by the food and drug administration, but many benefits attributed to them by doctors in Japan and elsewhere reflect their intrinsic and unique nutritional power (Hills 1980)).  In recent years, researchers have increasingly studied micro algae because they contain anti-fungal and anti-bacterial biochemicals not found in other plant or animal species.

Spirulina: contains special form of protein that benefits those with problems resulting from excessive animal protein, which does not assimilate well and further burdens the body with waste products.  Typically those who are overweight, diabetic, hypoglycemic, cancerous, arthritic, or suffering from degenerative problems often benefit from the relatively pure protein content in spirulina.  By eating only 10-15 grams daily of this form of protein the body normally becomes satisfied and animal protein is craved less.  In addition, the severe liver damage resulting from malnutrition, alcoholism, or the consumption of nutrient destroying food or drugs can be treated effectively by this type of nutrition.  Spirulina also protects the kidneys against injury that occurs from taking strong prescription medication (Yamane 1988).  Spirulina is also richly supplied with the blue pigment phycocyanin that has been shown to inhibit cancer-colony formation (Troxler 1987) and draws together amino acids for neurotransmitter formation which increases brain capacity (Hills Book Rejuvinating the Body, 1980).

Chlorella:  Another well known algal food similar to spirulina, but containing less protein , beta carotene and more than twice the nucleic acids and chlorophyll.  It binds heavy metals , toxins and pesticides.  Chlorella has been shown to stimulate interferon production, as well as other anti-tumor and imune enhancing activity (Kojima 1973, Day 1976, White, Komiyama)  Chlorella contains a greater quantity of fatty acids than spirulina.  About 20% of these fatty acids are the artery-cleansing, omega-3, alpha-linolenic variety; perhaps this is one reason chlorella has been shown to be so effective in reducing cholesterol in the body and preventing atherosclerosis (Hashimoto 1987, Sano 1987)).

Excerpts from Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition, Paul Pitchford, 2002

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