Botanical name: Arthrospira platensis, Arthrospira maximus

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Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows wild in alkaline volcanic lakes. It is a remarkable source of highly bioavailable protein and essential amino acids, and is the richest plant source of vitamin B12. Modern studies have shown spirulina to possess anti-cancer effects and antiviral properties. It is a powerful tonic for the immune system, activating many different immune cells and organs involved with immune function. Spirulina is a popular product for detoxification as it helps to bind heavy metals, which the body can then excrete. It has been shown to increase the presence of beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidus by acting as a “food” for these friendly flora. Spirulina is recommended for the treatment of anaemia, cancer, cholesterol, detoxification, malnourishment, immunity and radiation poisoning. Useful when fasting or breastfeeding.

Preparation: The average daily intake for adults is 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams, for children 500 to 1,500 milligrams

Michael Tierra (1988) Planetary Herbology, p.130;
Mark Stengler (2001)The Natural Physician’s healing Therapies, p.425

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