What is Spirulina?
Spirulina Is A Miracle And Profound Gift From Nature To Life On Earth For 3.5 Billion Years
Although Spirulina is called an "Algae", it belongs to a group of plant organisms known as "Cyanobacteria", "cyano" being its distinct blue-green colour. Spirulina is not algae due to the fact it has no cellulose cell wall, unlike Chlorella for example, a major benefit as a food because it is much easier to digest.
Although today Spirulina, so named due to its characteristic spiral shape as can be seen in the picture above taken under a microscope, is best known as an extremely valuable source of food and nutrients, 3.5 Billion years ago it played an equally crucial role - that of facilitating Life on earth itself by making a huge contribution to the natural process of converting Carbon Dioxide in to Oxygen - crucial to Life on Earth - through the process of Photosynthesis.
Over the course of billions of years, not only has Spirulina, along with thousands of other varieties of Cyanobacteria, Algae and Marine Phytoplankton ensured, later with terrestrial plant life, an ongoing supply of Oxygen for Life on earth, but has also played a very large role in regulating the equilibrium, stability and integrity of the Earth Biosphere.
A major role of Spirulina Farming in the future is to help the delicate balance of the Earth atmosphere, as deforestation and burning of fossil fuels increases concentrations of Carbon Dioxide to the detriment of plant and animal life. Large scale Spirulina Farming will not only be Valuable to World Food, but also ensuring a prolific source of Oxygen.
There are an estimated 25,000 different species of Algae type organisms thriving on Earth today, ranging in size from a single celled organism to giant colonies of sea vegetation such as Kelp which can grow to a length of 150 feet or more. The energy source for the vast majority of these Algae species is the Sun through the process pf photosynthesis, while a few live primarily off organic material.
Larger Algae - or colonies of Algae such as Kelp and other "Seaweeds" are known as "Macroalgae" because they can easily be seen, even with the normal eye, whereas small dorms of Algae, or Cyanobacteria such as Spirulina are known as "Microalgae" and can usually only be seen in native form under a microscope. In addition to food, Microalgae in particular are also used for other valuable applications such as Bio Fuel - as an alternative to polluting fossil fuels, aquaculture, fish nutrients, fertilizer for plants and much more, according to the species of Algae. Spirulina is first and foremost of Value as The Perfect Food For Human Beings, as recognised by UNESCO, The World Health Organisation, UN Food and Agricultural Organisation and many others.
There are other well known forms of Cyanobacteria, also known as "Blue-Green Algae" such as "Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae" also known as "AFA" and "Klamath Blue-Green" which is harvested from Klamath Lake in Oregon to which it is unique. However - although both Spirulina and AFA are both Cyanobacteroa and Blue-Green Algae, and both used as a valuable source of Nutrition for Humans, there are also, as with all species of Algae, differences as well. AFA is a Nitrogen Fixing Cyanobacteria which is crucial for making proteins and Amino Acids compatible with animal and fish life. Spirulina on the other hand has adapted uniquely to highly alkaline pH conditions where it grows naturally and abundantly in the presence of continuous Sun light, as for example in Lake Texcoco in Mexico, where the ancient Aztecs harvested it as a food source to support millions of people in perfect health.
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Due to the fact that Spirulina thrives in highly alkaline freshwater lakes, there are many benefits both from a farming and a food consumption perspective. Firstly, the alkaline pH of the water in which Spirulina grows is too high for other species of Algae or plants to contaminate it, so this keeps Spirulina completely pure and free from contaminants, both in natural lakes and while being farmed in open "raceway" ponds for human consumption. The high pH also ensures that other organisms such as bacteria and small life forms cannot survive and contaminate the Spirulina as a food source, and therefore Spirulina can be harvested, dried and packaged as a pure food source without any other stages necessary.
Spirulina Is A Gift From Nature, A Miracle Of Evolution, A Whole Super Food And Supplement Perfected Over 3.5 Billion Years, So That Human Beings Can Easily Farm And Harvest Spirulina Today As a Primary, Complete Food Source And Nutritional Supplement From Which Every Man, Woman And Child Can Most Profoundly Benefit
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