Spirulina is a blue-green algae that thrives in warm, alkaline fresh-water bodies such as lakes and ponds. It is a simple, one-celled form of algae. Spirulina is 65-71% complete protein with a balance of essential amino acids. Spirulina is a rich source of other nutrients including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, carotenoids, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid). Spirulina stimulates the immune system. It may also have antiviral effects, protect the liver, and help with allergies and infections.
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