January 18, 2012

Fight cancer and viruses
while you lose weight

I’ve always been a fan of green foods. Their healing powers are astounding. I’ve told you about chlorella and spirulina in the past. These are blue/green algaes of wondrous qualities. Food algaes are microorganisms that grow in fresh water and have highly concentrated nutrients. And new evidence suggests that one particular strain of blue-green algae can significantly enhance your body’s ability to fight cancer and drop excess fat.

According to a new study, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA), a strain of blue-green algae, has profound effects on your immune system and central nervous system.

In the study, the researchers looked at the effect of AFA on natural killer cells (NK) in 21 healthy human volunteers. NK cells are your body’s primary immune defense against cancer. Here’s what the researchers found.

Within two hours of consuming 1.5 grams of AFA, an average of 40% of NK cells left their bloodstream and migrated to tissues. NK cells remaining in the blood developed up to two to three times as many adhesion molecules (ability to attach to bad guys). After a few hours, the NK cells in the tissues came back into the bloodstream. The action told the researchers that the plant molecules of the blue-green algae activated the NK cells. Activating these cells gives your body more protection against cancer and viruses.

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But AFA does more than kill bad cells. It contains phycocyanin a blue pigment. Like other colorful plant molecules, this one helps prevent inflammation and pain and protects the body against heavy metal and pesticide toxicity.

I especially like this particular blue-green algae for a special component. It has significant amounts of a compound called PEA (phenylethylamine). This molecule acts as a neurotransmitter. And quite a beneficial one at that. It increases mental alertness, concentration, helps mood, and prevents depression and ADD.

In particular, these properties make it quite beneficial for those battling addictive tendencies. This includes over-indulging in comfort foods. Comfort foods alter your neurotransmitters to make your “feel better.” However, a more beneficial way to feel better is to take a “superfood” that contains the neurotransmitter you need. By doing this, you can feel better without the dangerous empty calories.

There are many products on the market containing AFA. You can easily find them online.



Ref: J Med Food. 2007 Sep;10(3):435-41.


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