Nutritious Raw Hawaiian, blue-green microalgae that can be helpful as a powerful immune stimulant, blood builder, detoxifier, and antihistamine. Also can act as a liver and nerve tonic. Can aid weight loss.*
- Product Highlights
- Provides nourishment, restores the endocrine, nervous & immune systems*
- Enhances immunity, tonifies blood & regulates metabolism*
- Restores the nerves & heart, relieves anxiety*
- Promotes clear thinking & lifts the spirit*
- Promotes tissue repair & reduces inflammation*
The most widely used word to describe spirulina (spy-ruh-lee-nuh) is "superfood." Here's why – spirulina contains a higher percentage of protein than meat, the highest whole food source of vitamin B12, more iron than beef liver, 25 times more beta carotene than carrots, more chlorophyll than alfalfa or wheat grass, and three times more omega 6 than evening primrose oil.
Suggested Daily Use: For energy and weight loss, we recommend six tablets a half hour before each meal.
Spirulina Tablets are not "diet-pills", but a highly concentrated food that satisfies the appetite and encourages smaller amounts of food. As a nutritional supplement, take six or more tablets daily.
|Guaranteed Springtime Analysis|
|Spirulina (raw Hawaiian micro-algae)||550 mg/tablet|
|Other Ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, and stearic acid.|
Hawaiian Raw Spirulina
Springtime uses Cyanotech's raw Hawaiian Spirulina (Spirulina Pacifica) in Spirulina Tablets for People.
Spirulina is a microscopic blue-green vegetable algae that has been used as a significant food source for centuries: the most well-known examples are the Aztecs of Central America and the Kanembu of Lake Chad. In both of these cultures, the superior protein of Spirulina made it an important part of their diet and a very valuable commodity.
Spirulina Pacifica is a select strain of Spirulina platensis developed over many years of continuous cultivation in Hawaii. Strain development and perfection started in 1984. Our cultures in Hawaii represent the oldest continuously cultivated and harvested Spirulina in the world. Hawaii's year-round growing conditions and our integrated culture management system have made this possible. Spirulina Pacifica has been extensively analyzed by molecular biologists at the University of Hawaii who identified unique enzymes not previously found in other strains of Spirulina platensis.
Safe and Reliable
Spirulina is a blue-green algae, but should not be confused with so-called wild blue-green algae harvested from uncontrolled lake conditions. The Spirulina that has been consumed as a nutritious food for centuries is a completely different genus and species than the ordinary lake algae. Modern culture systems are strictly controlled, assuring 100% purity of the strain for a safe and reliable supply.
Spirulina Pacifica is a highly absorbable source of protein, mixed carotenoids and other phytonutrients, B-Vitamins, GLA and essential amino acids. It is ideal for those preferring a whole food supplement over artificial nutrient sources and is offered in powder, flakes and tablets. The concentrated nutritional profile of Spirulina occurs naturally and, because it is a whole food, it is safe to eat-even in large quantities.
Of all the algae, Spirulina Pacifica has emerged as an especially potent and healthy food source for humans. In fact, Spirulina Pacifica is conceivably the most concentrated and nutritious whole food known.
Clean water is crucial for culturing pure Spirulina. Because Spirulina is aquatic, the purity of the water directly affects the quality of the final product. Cyanotech's water comes from deep wells drilled up in the rainforest of Hualalai, our local volcano. Our water starts as rain falling on a pristine rainforest far from human activity. It percolates through 500 meters of porous lava and then is captured by wells drilled to that depth. The water is tested for purity by the Hawaiian government. This compares to our competitors' Spirulina farms, which all use river water or irrigation water.
We supplement our pure fresh water with Deep Sea Ocean water drawn from a 600 meter ocean offshore well. This water, which scientists estimate hasn't seen light for over 2000 years, is full of trace minerals and elements—94 to be exact. The trace minerals and elements are another important difference between Cyanotech's Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica and other brands.
Spirulina – Science Behind the Food
Spirulina is used in Spirulina Wafers for Horses, Longevity for Dogs, and Spirulina Tablets for People.
Related Websites & Selected Studies Found on Each
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Hirahashi T et al. Activation of the human innate immune system by Spirulina: augmentation of interferon production and NK cytoxity by oral administration of hot water extract of Spirulina platensis. Int Immunopharmacol 2002;2:423-34.
Dasgupta T et al. Chemomodulation of carcinogen metabolising enzymes, antioxidant profiles and skin and forestomach papillomagenesis by Spirulina platensis. Mol Cell Biochem 2001;226:27-38.
Zhang HQ et al. Chemo- and radio-protective effects of polysaccharide of Spirulina platensis on hemopoietic system of mice and dogs. Acta Pharmacol Sin 2001;22:1121-4.
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Romay C, Armesto J, Remirez D, et al. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of C-phycocyanin from blue-green algae. Inflamm Res 1998;47(1):36-41.
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4) Spirulina Health Library. http://www.spirulina.com
a) Anti-Cancer Studies:
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Lisheng, et al. Inhibitive effect and mechanism of polysaccharide of spirulina on transplanted tumor cells in mice. 1991. Marine Sciences, Qingdao, N.5. 33-38.
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Schwartz, J. G. Shklar, et al. Prevention of experimental oral cancer by extracts of spirulina-dunaliella algae. 1988. Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Nutrition and Cancer 11, 127-134.
b) Beta Carotene, Cancer Prevention & Health Improvement:
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c) Cholesterol Reduction:
Becker, E. W., et al. Clinical and biochemical evaluations of spirulina with regard to its application in the treatment of obesity. Inst. Chem. Pfanz. Nutrition Reports Int'l, vol. 33, No. 4, 565.
Kato, T., K. Takemoto. Effects of spirulina on hypercholesterolemia and fatty liver in rats. 1984. Saitama Medical College. Japan Nutr. Foods Assoc. Journal. 37:323.
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5) University of Maryland Medical Center. http://www.umm.edu
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Hayashi K, Hayashi T, Kojima I. A natural sulfated polysaccharide, calcium spirulan, isolated from Spirulina platensis: in vitro and ex vivo evaluation of anti-herpes simplex virus and anti-human immunodeficiency virus activities. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 1996;12:1463-1471.
Kapoor R, Mehtu U. Iron status and growth of rats fed different dietary iron sources. Plan Foods Hum Nutr. 1993;44(1):29-34.
Kim HM, Lee EH, Cho HH, Moon YH. Inhibitory effect of mast cell-mediated immediate-type allergic reactions in rats by spirulina. Biochem Pharmacol. 1998;55(7):1071-1076.
Mathew B, Sankaranarayanan R, Nair PP, et al. Evaluation of chemoprevention of oral cancer with Spirulina fusiformis. Nutr Cancer. 1995;24:197-202.
Romay C, Armesto J Remirez D, Gonzalez R, Ledon N, Garcia I. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of C-phycocyanin from blue-green algae. Inflamm Res. 1998;47:36-41.
Torres-Duran PV, Miranda-Zamora R, Paredes-Carbajal MC, Mascher D, Ble-Castillo J, Diaz-Zagoya JC, Juarez Oropeza MA. Studies on the preventative effect of Spirulina maxima on fatty liver development induced by carbon tetrachloride, in the rat. J Ethnopharmacol. 1999;64(2):141-147.
Cindy & Jim with their dogs, Jacob & Abbey.
"...we have not had any cold or viruses."
What another great product. Since my husband and I have been taking Spirulina Tablets, we have not had any colds or viruses. I volunteer at a nursing home with my dog, Jacob. During cold and flu season, when every resident is ill, my immune system seems to be at its peak. I attribute this to your product, Spirulina Tablets. I used to come down with four to six colds every year along with two virus attacks, now I have none! Since it has worked so well for my husband and myself, I now feed Spirulina Tablets, to my four dogs. Keep up the great products.
Cindy Mack-Kish, Ohio