Excellent for vegetarians as it is a very high source of beta carotene, B-12, and gamma linolenic acid, also contains most amino acids, including all 9 essential ones that the body needs; contains 250% more B-12 than liver and 4 times the protein of beef; 80-85% of the proteins of spirolina are assimilated by the body; gives ENERGY!; blood cell and tissue builder; satisfies hunger; balances blood sugar & RNA/DNA; boosts immune system; lowers bad cholesterol; has all the B complex vitamins, trace minerals, and essential fatty acids – is a complete protein; it is a blue-green algae usually found in fresh water lakes up north
Spirulina and other micro-algae are excellent remedies for most cases of anemia, and B12 is essential for building red blood. Most cases of anemia, however, are not merely a result of B12 deficiency alone; it may be that the massive amounts of chlorophyll, iron, protein, and other nutrients in micro-algae overcome anemia.
Primitive foods such as spirulina contain the highest food energy, the highest nutrient value, and use up the least amount of the planet’s resources. Spirulina is also a powerful alkalinizing and healing food. It is an excellent support for the healing of hypoglycemia, diabetes, chronic fatigue, anemia, ulcers, and for boosting the immune system.
A third of an ounce (10 g) of spirulina powder is enough to cover the daily need for vitamin B12 five times over, four times that for vitamin A, 83 percent of the daily requirement for iron, 30 percent of vitamin B2, and 25 percent of vitamin Bj. Spirulina is particularly recommended for fatigue, anemia, eyesight problems, menstrual problems, and skin disorders. In addition, it helps strengthen the immune system and facilitates the elimination of toxins that have collected inside the body. It comes in the form of a deep-green powder with a faint aroma, and also in tablets or capsules.
(Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition by Paul Pitchford)