Protein & Amino Acids
As a protien supplement spirulina has a
distinct advantage over other forms of supplement. Because of
the important role proteins play in our overall health and well
being, they are often referred to as the building blocks of life.
Proteins are complex molecules consisting
of chains of amino acids and are best known for their role in
the formation and repair of structures such as muscle and bone.
However, proteins and their aminos’ have numerous other vital
functions, such as insulin management, immune system regeneration,
mineral transport and anti-hypertensive properties.
Proteins are made up of 22 identified amino
acids. Nine of these are essential yet the body cannot produce
them, so they must be provided by the diet. Non-essential amino
acids are needed also, but the body can produce these itself.
Essential amino acids, plus sufficient nitrogen in foods, are
needed to synthesize the non-essential amino acids.
quality of the protein depends on the amounts of amino acids contained
in a protein. The more closely the protein matches the body’s
requirements the higher the quality. Spirulina is known as a
‘complete protein’ due to the fact that it contains all
the essential amino acids. This means we can get our necessary
intake of protein without subjecting our digestive system to the
hard work of processing animal products.
Unlike other forms of protein, the protein in Spirulina is 85-95%
digestible, one of the highest available. In fact, Spirulina
is second only to a dried egg supplment with regards to usable
protein, and higher than any of the common foods in the form in
which they are usually purchased.
Being composed of soft mucopolysaccharides,
Spirulina has no cellulose in its cell walls making it easy for
the body to digest and assimilate.
amino acids are delivered to the body for almost instant absorption.
Protein digestibility is important
for many people and especially important for people suffering
from intestinal malabsorption or digestive disorders. Typically,
many older people have difficulty digesting complex proteins and
are on restricted diets. They find Spirulina’s protein an ideal
way of ensuring they receive the nourishment needed. Spirulina
is an effective supplment for sufferers of malnutrition diseases
where the ability of intestinal absorption has been damaged. Given
to malnourished children, it is more effective than milk powders
because milk's lactic acid can be difficult to absorb.
On top of all this, Spirulina
complements vegetable proteins found in beans and pulses and increases
their amino acid quality.