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What is spirulina?

Spirulina is an algae, naturally occuring in various parts of the America and Africa. In early '90s, its nutritive value and other positive effects on health were identified, and it became a hot topic overnight.

Spirulina has a protein content of around 60%, which is quite high for a substance of vegetable origin. It makes spirulina a very good protein source for vegetarians and vegans.

Spirulina is said to be rich in beta carotene, iron, vitamin B-12 and the rare essential fatty acid, GLA. It offers a striking profile of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrents.

Some new studies also point to spirulina's protective effect against some cancers.

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April 15, 2005