ALL THREE BRANCHED AMINOS - LEUCINE, ISOLEUCINE, AND VALINE - MAKE THIS MOSS THE FITNESS BOSS.
Pond scum? Okay. Let's unpack that. Harvested by the Aztecs from the shores of Lake Texcoco (now Mexico City's bone-dry sub-basement) this mighty Meso-American moss has recently been reclassified as a Cyanobacteria, neither animal nor plant. Fear not! It is nevertheles packed with nutrients and healing agents, and has been a staple in traditional medicine circles for centuries. Beta-carotene, riboflavin, thiamine, Vitamins C, B6, E and K, and a bunch of minerals like iron, magnesium, sodium and potassium make Spirulina a tiny corkscrewy cornucopia.
Spirulina contains all three of the so-called branched amino acids; leucine, isoleucine and valine. You may recall that these are the sought-after muscle building proteins so beloved of barbell-and-bicep hobbyists.
Spirulina has been shown in clinical studies to inhibit cytokines, the cellular messengers whose over-anxious signals can lead to unnecessary and unhealthy inflammations, the kind that cascade into serious disorders, cancer among them.
HOW NOW BROWN COW?
This blue-green wonder called Spirulina is 60% protein by weight. Thats a bit more than double the protein of red meat. Okay? It doesnt matter if its grass fed; your cow cant compete with this mossy single-cell superdude where protein is concerned.
LAKE SCUM TAKES TO SPACE
Spirulina today is a rock star in the feed the world discussion. Like quinoa, spirulina is even central to the interplanetary astronaut chow research, as the human race makes tentative plans to expand into the cosmos aboard sleek spaceships a cow would only mess up.
ALGAL HEART HELP
Spirulina lowers LDL cholesterolthe bad cholesterol that plasters your artery walls and escorts you to the ICU.
IMMUNITY IN THE AGING COMMUNITY
Clinical studies have shown that dietary Spirulina supplementation helps improve anemia as well as general immune system well-being in volunteers 50 years and older.
Spirulina has demonstrated measurable positive effect on mental acuity and retention, notably in a study done in Africa where schoolchildren were given spirulina supplents for 12 weeks and their retention tested. Results were conclusive. The spirulina extract improved academic recall.
THE AIR THAT YOU BREATHE
Spirulina was responsible for The Great Oxygenation Event 2.5 billion years ago, in which a certain Cyanobacteria let out a massive oceanic sigh, a global oxygen exhalation that created our atmosphere, and air-breathing life itself.
CYAN IN MESO-MANHATTAN
SPIRULINA NEARLY LOST TO TIME
Built on an islet in the shallow western reaches of Lake Texcoco in the Mexican Valley (Teptzallntli Mxihco), Tenochtitlan was a certified metropolis, and at its zenith would be the largest Pre-Columbian city (pre-Columbus, that is to say) in all the Americas; a Mesoamerican Manhattan of the Late Middle Ages. This is where the Aztecs started really going to town with a spirulina industry.
MOSS VS COW
A SLIPPERY SLOPE
Why is spirulina such a big deal when it comes to feeding the hungry? Lets just start by saying that this blue-green wonder is 60% protein by weight, and grows in eminenlty harvestable bunches, be that in an ancient Meso-American lake or a spaceship. 60% is a bit more than double the protein of red meat. Your cow can look pleadingly at the camera all he wants. Spirulina wins the 'protein by weight' contest hands down.Oh, and losing this contest probably pleases your cow immensely.
SPIRULINA: THE OTHER UNDERWATER SAVIOR
Cape and Tights Spirulina is a super-hero in the world of anti-inflammatories, and this broad-based super power protects against a good many nemeses, from neural decay to cellular health. Studies show its anti-inflammatory properties increase mental retention and may delay the effects of certain neurodegenerative illnesses.
Green and Mean Spirulina is very high in chlorophyll, a natural detoxifier used around the world to mitigate arsenic-fouled water supplies.
Your Vascualr System's Underwear Spirulina's salving effect on the vascular system's undergarments, the endothelium, means more elasticity in the body's blood-bearing tubework and happier blood-pressure numbers, among other things.
Liver Whisperer Spirulina's mad anti-inflammation crusade is perhaps felt most acutely in the liver, whose most serious issues are often to do with one or another kind of inflammation. Cellular inflammation derives from oxidative stress, and spirulina is no-nonsense on that front. Liver health, meet the Aztecs.
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