Why Spirulina Is An Extraordinary Food Source During Famines

The next read is an excerpt from “The Doctor’s Book of Survival Home Remedies”, Chapter: Spirulina, pages 307-309:

If there’s ever a serious global crash, spirulina would be an exceptionally valuable food source.

As food shortages would most likely be widespread, it would be – without question – vital to have nutritionally dense food like this available. Let me explain why keeping a supply of spirulina on hand is wise.

In 1974, the United Nations declared spirulina “the best food for the future” at its World Food Conference. That was over 40 years ago, and spirulina has more than lived up to this claim. Research has revealed the immense nutritional and health benefits of this amazing superfood.

It also proves that great things can come in very small packages. Spirulina is a type of microscopic bacteria known as blue-green algae. The term “algae” refers to a diverse group of aquatic organisms that are capable of producing oxygen through photosynthesis.

Spirulina naturally grows in warm, alkaline lakes. Ancient Aztecs used to harvest spirulina from lagoons around what is now Lake Texcoco in Mexico. Today, the Kanembu people who live along the banks of Lake Chad in Africa still harvest spirulina from the lake as they have for centuries. They dry it into cakes, which are then crumbled and included in the majority of their meals.

Compared to other foods by weight, spirulina is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet[1]. It’s high in protein and contains all essential amino acids. Spirulina is also high in B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, and a wide range of other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. As spirulina is a very simple organism, the proteins and nutrients are easily digested and absorbed.

Spirulina is such an important food source that various international organizations, such as IIMSAM[2], have formed to help establish small-scale spirulina production in impoverished communities throughout the world. These small spirulina producers have made tremendous advances in combating malnutrition and promoting local food security.

The ecological footprint of spirulina is also relatively small. As spirulina grows in water, it doesn’t require any fertile land. It doesn’t even need much water because the water it grows in can be reused. As the UN predicted in 1974, spirulina truly is the food we need in today’s world.


Conditions Spirulina Can Remedy

Research is also discovering that spirulina has a wide range of health benefits. In fact, the World Health Organization predicts that spirulina will become one of the most curative and prophylactic foods of the twenty-first century.

Spirulina’s nutritional density may actually be the secret behind its health-boosting effects. A strong immune system is the foundation of good health. Yet, many of us suffer from a range of nutritional deficits that we may not be aware of. And these deficits are known to impair your immune function.

Malnutrition in some form affects almost 11% of the entire earth’s population[3]. And it’s not only in lower-income countries. According to the Child Welfare League of America, more than 30 million Americans[4] experience hunger regularly, or are at risk of going hungry.

Also, not having enough food isn’t the only problem. As we eat increasingly more processed foods, we’re often consuming foods that are high in calories, but lack essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. This is called “hidden hunger”, and it’s estimated to affect up to 85% of Americans[5].

A 2016 scientific review[6] concluded that “spirulina can be used as a source for alleviating hidden hunger or micronutrient deficiencies”. Eating as little as one gram of spirulina per day is proven to correct malnutrition in a small child[7] in a few weeks. And international spirulina supplementation programs have helped rehabilitate many malnourished adults affected by HIV/AIDS with only two grams of spirulina per day.

In addition, research suggests spirulina can help prevent or treat many different conditions, including:

  • Age-related Brain Degeneration
  • Anemia
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes and Pre-diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hay Fever
  • Heavy Metal Toxicity
  • Herpes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • HIV Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Malnutrition
  • Obesity

How to Grow Spirulina

As mentioned above, spirulina is a type of algae that grows in water. But don’t let that put you off. Growing spirulina is actually quite a straightforward process that’s used successfully by many families and small growers throughout the world.

And considering the outstanding nutritional and health benefits of spirulina, it’s well worth learning how to grow this superfood. You can buy spirulina supplements and powders, but spirulina loses some of its nutritional properties during the commercial dehydration process. In addition, a study[8] that compared fresh and dried spirulina found that fresh spirulina has more bioactive compounds, which makes it easier to digest and absorb.

Commercial spirulina may also be grown overseas in open ponds, where contamination with heavy metals and other pollutants is common. In fact, a Chinese study[9] found that 95% of spirulina supplements in the country contained serious liver toxins known as microsystins. For this reason, the Medical Center at the University of Maryland recommends that you always check the source of any spirulina supplements you buy.

You can easily avoid these risks by growing your own spirulina. You’ll ensure a safe, sustainable supply of this amazing food source for years to come.


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Dr. John Herzog has been a third-generation osteopathic orthopedic surgeon for nearly 35 years, having evaluated over 200,000 people during office visits and performing over 15,000 surgeries. He focuses on educating his patients on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, being an advocate of a plant-based diet, and admitting “It is the best fuel for the human body and mind”. One of the pioneers in Platelet Rich Plasma, a concentration of thrombocytes and stem cells, and Stem Cell Regeneration, Dr. Herzog is set apart as the most experienced orthopedic surgeon in New England. He performed over 3,000 regenerative orthopedic procedures and he is also an expert on the use of the ultrasound. Dr. Herzog has been a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon for 30 years and is a fellow in the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics where only 1% of surgeons are listed with this honor. In the beginning of his career, Dr. Herzog went to medical school 4 years earlier than the average, at 20 instead of at 24, going through all the branches of medicine. He partnered with T. Colin Campbell, the author of ‘The China Study’ – to examine the link between the consumption of animal products, including dairy, and chronic illnesses. Dr. Herzog is also specialized in working with people suffering from arthritis. His main focus is to keep people out of the Emergency Room by being prepared like his dad was.

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  • Thanks for the comments on Spirulina. I and my family have been taking it for years. I started in 1982 as an insurance salesman. Through taking 10 to 20 grams a day since at 78 years young, Other friends and relative have had their blood sugars back to normal Research has also shown the it is one on the best, if not the best in overcoming or reducing many chronic disorders associated with malnutrition, starvation, obesity, various cancers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, radiation sickness, to mention a few of its benefits. As well as an excellent animal feed. Most importantly, it protects & builds the body’s immune system against allergies, viruses, free radicals and other chronic disorders with over 70 vital nutrients in one tablespoon of powder mixed with juices, soups etc. The New York Times, reported in 1989 that chemical derived from blue-green algae such as Spirulina were found to be ‘remarkable active’ against the AIDS virus in various experiment by Federal scientist. Spirulina Maxima or Spirulina Platensis are the two main forms that have been tested and safe by the USFDA: (FDA Talk Paper No. 41, 160, June 23, 1981 and ‘ designated as safe and contains no contaminated or adulterated substances” . Also GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe-GRN 000101) ) by the Center for Food Safety.

  • Do NOT Buy commercially grown Spirulina powder – most are harvested from open water sources and are likely Loaded with organo/ metalic toxins ( i.e., metallic oxides, carbonates, and sulfates. ) Does Anybody know where to purchase the Live Cultures so that we can grow our own colony to harvest ?

  • you never did tell how to grow your own under “How to

    • The book gives the full details. It does tell you to get the book for the full chapter. In my copy of the book, Spirulina is covered on pages 259-264.

  • I have a tropical fresh water fish tank and I bought some plants that had a strange bit of green goo on them. The goo was actually Spirulina. Now its a constant battle to keep this stuiff under control. Just a thought.

  • Interesting, I’ve a friend who is growing algae to process into a diesel fuel substitute. He gets more oil from algae than an equal amount of barley! The leftover (pressed again) is pressed into fuel pellets . Maybe spirulina can be grown in a similar way. The growing tanks are vertical, so the growing media is in cubic feet and with grow lights grow 24/7.

  • I haven’t been able to find a safe source to purchased the powder from, Any recommendations?

    • Mike Adams at NaturalNews.com

    • My functional med dr said Hawaiian Spirulina is the best. I think I saw it on Amazon, but check around.

  • I am wanting to purchase the books and I cannot get any cc to go thru. I called the click bat number. The lady was very rude and told me to stop trying to order!! how crazy is that!! Can anyone help?

  • I have an estrogen positive cancer, and this is contraindicated for such. The anti-oxidant properties will promote cancer because cancer thrives on an anaerobic environment.

  • Duckweed is supposed to suppress mosquito larva. Asians call it water eggs because you can live on it. The most common way today to raise it is with the effluent from methane digesters. It can double growth even 24+ hours if the water is fertile. It purifies water and so on. Vietnamese eat a lot it because of low crop- and livestock yields. Rice paddles are fertilized to make it boom in growth, then allowed to go dry using the weed as a fertilizer for millet and vegetables.

  • So is the blue-green algae that grows wild on our lakes (are that we are told is dangerous) the same as this spirulina? Just wondering …

  • How much of all that wonderful stuff is bioavailable? Not nearly enough fat…be sure to supplement healthy animal fat when you can.

  • how can i get some and how to grow it