Spirulina is one of the healthiest food supplements, and is used worldwide for its nutritional and medicinal properties.
Spirulina is a single-cell blue-green algae which live in freshwater environments, including ponds, lakes and rivers. This microscopic life form is very easily digestible, which allows all its nutrients to be absorbed easily into our body. Every pound of spirulina contain amazing amount of nutrients.
Spirulina contain over 65% complete protein (300% more than fish, meat or poultry, and this protein is without cholesterol). “Complete protein” means that it contains all eight essential amino acids that our body needs. These proteins are easily digestive and more concentrated from any animal protein. It is also very rich in chlorophyll, iron (about 58 times more than spinach), calcium, magnesium, Cali, zinc, antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, all the B vitamins (including B12, which is almost never found in plants), beta-carotene and essential fatty acids
(omega 3, 6 and 9). Also, spirulina contain twelve non-essential amino acids, nucleic acids and lipids, which play an important role in our health.
We all know that fish is a good source of essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6 and 9). But most of us wondered do the fish contain or produce these omega acids – the answer is “no.” The biggest part of the omega acids they get by consuming algae such as Spirulina. These omega acids play an important role in the prevention of heart disease, reduce bad cholesterol, reducing the severity of osteoporosis, depression, diabetes and other diseases.
Spirulina is one of the best ingredients for detoxification of the body, including the treatment of heavy metal poisoning, mercury, drugs and chemical contaminants.
People who consume spirulina have increased energy and vitality. Spirulina is excellent remedy for anemia, bulimia, problems with digestion, also improves nutrient absorption in the body and improves the immune system through powerful antiviral function.
Spirulina is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help protect the body from damage. In addition, spirulina is 62 percent amino acids, making it high in protein.
The University of Maryland Medical Center says spirulina is used to improve immune function, boost the growth of healthy bacteria, known as probiotics, and treat liver disorders, allergies and infections.
While spirulina is not officially approved to treat or prevent any disease, its high concentrations of nutrients make it useful for supporting good health
Devils Claw Devil's Claw: Your Best Friend for Arthritic Pain
Native to southern Africa, devil's claw gets its name from the tiny hooks that cover its fruit. Historically, devil’s claw has been used to treat pain, liver and kidney problems, fever, and malaria. It has also been used in ointments applied to the skin to heal sores, boils, and other skin problems.
Devil’s claw was introduced to Europe in the early 1900s, where the dried roots have been used to restore appetite, relieve heartburn, and reduce pain and inflammation.
Today, devil's claw is used to fight inflammation or relieve pain in arthritis, headache, and low back pain. Animal and test tube studies suggest that devil’s claw can help fight inflammation, and it is used widely in Germany and France.
Medicinal Uses and Indications
Several studies have found that taking devil's claw for 8 - 12 weeks reduces pain and improves physical functioning in people with osteoarthritis. One 4-month study of 122 people with knee and hip osteoarthritis compared devil’s claw and a leading European medication for pain relief. The people who took devil’s claw had as much pain relief as the people who took the medication. Those who took devil’s claw had fewer side effects and needed fewer pain relievers throughout the study.
In a small study of 63 people with mild-to-moderate back, neck, or shoulder pain, taking a standardized extract of devil’s claw for 4 weeks gave moderate relief from muscle pain. In a larger study of 197 men and women with chronic low back pain, those who took devil’s claw every day for a month said they had less pain and needed fewer painkillers than those who took placebo.
Devil's claw contains iridoid glycosides, components believed to have strong anti-inflammatory effects. It has a high concentration of one type of iridoid, called harpagoside, and some laboratory tests suggest it may relieve pain and inflammation.
Here is a list of other benefits of the Devil's Claw:
- stomach and intestinal diseases are eliminated in a matter of days
- Old age symptoms: through regular use the blood vessels are rendered elastic again
- rejuvenation of the skin and increase of virility
- blood pressure is normalized
- liver, gall kidney, bladder diseases
- colic relief
- stones are discharged
- brings relief in cases of: dropsy, sciatica, neuralgia, acne, varicose veins, eczema, overweight, thrombosis, lumbago, heartburn, headaches, nicotine poisoning, remia, allergies (hay fever, bronchial asthma)