Natural Health, Foods & Medicines

EN: Spirulina, the Food of the Aztecs!

Pai has always attracted a unique and diverse cross-section of people to its river banks, many fleeing mainstream life, concepts & beliefs to search for new ways and ideas. Central to this community are a number of health food guru’s preaching the natural & organic “superfood” gospel, one of which is Spirulina, the ancient food of the Aztecs!

Now, I’m by no means an expert so what I’ve done is spent about ½ a day researching this phenomenon & arranging my findings. What I can say is that there’s not a lot of negative things you can find out about this stuff! On the surface it appears to be the real deal.

Spirulina, with an impressive 60% protein content, is a fresh water blue-green alga which surpasses both red meat at 27% and soy at 34% in terms of muscle-building potential. It also contains, along with all that protein, a powerful combination of minerals and vitamins that was believed to have once been a food source for the Aztecs and other Mesoamericans until the end of the 16th century.  It is still prevalent in Chad today going back as far as the 9th century Kanem Empire, where it was and is dried into cakes called Dihé and used to make broths for meals.

Spirulina Contains

Vitamins A,  B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 (this is the only disputed vitamin content), Vitamins C, D & E, & Vitamin K. Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Chromium, Phosphorus, Molybdenum, Iodine, Chloride, Magnesium, Sodium, Zinc, Potassium, Selenium, Germanium, Copper, Boron. Phycocyanin, chlorophyll, Carotenoids. Myxoxanthophyll, Zeaxanthin, Cryptoxanthin, Echinenone and other Xanthophylls. Gamma Linolenic Acid, Glycolipids, Sulfolipids, Polysaccharides, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Leucine, Threonine, Lysine, Tryptophan, Methionine, Valine, Alanine, Glycine, Arginine, Histidine, Aspartic Acid, Proline, Cystine, Serine, Glutamic Acid and Tyrosine.

Today, most cultivated Spirulina is produced in open-channel raceway ponds with paddle-wheels used to agitate the water. The largest commercial producers of Spirulina are located in the United States, Thailand, India, Taiwan, China, Pakistan, Burma and Chile.

Spirulina Benefits

1. Cleansing: Spirulina promotes the body natural cleansing processes. You feel fitter, more cheerful, and you have more energy.

2. Restoring: Spirulina compensates for deficiencies in the diet and stimulates the metabolism. Your physical condition improves noticeably and you recover faster after exertion.

3. Fortifying: Spirulina boosts resistance and activates the body natural defence mechanisms. You feel stronger and are better able to cope with the pressures of everyday life.

Because of its cleansing, restoring and fortifying functions, Spirulina has a wide range of applications. It gives you new energy without taking pep-ups and makes you more alert and stable.

The most avid believers in the health benefits of Spirulina are the Japanese, who both produce and consume more of it than anyone else. Some Japanese researchers claim that Spirulina, because of the high concentration of its nutrients, is useful in helping diabetics control their food cravings and decrease their insulin intake. It has been found help reduce weight, help with allergies, visual problems, carbohydrate disorders, anemia and many other disease conditions.

If you’re looking for Spirulina in Pai then you need to look no further than The Good Life located on the riverside street of the Pai square.


About the Author


Galletto is a surprisingly accurate yet indolent journalist that volunteers as a part time guest writer for the Pai Explorer Map & Blog.