Anemia that is caused by iron deficiency in the body is the most common type. Without enough iron, your bone marrow won't be able to produce the iron-based protein hemoglobin to form red blood cells. Hemoglobin, a substance that gives blood its characteristic coloration, is an important part of red blood cells because it binds oxygen. If you don't have enough hemoglobin in your blood, all the cells in your body are being starved for oxygen, causing a host of unpleasant symptoms: fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid or irregular heartbeat, headache, irritability, trouble concentrating, paleness, and cold hands and feet.
Iron-deficiency anemia, the most common one, is also the most easily treatable type. To prevent or reverse iron deficiency anemia, you should simply increase your intake of this mineral. Including algae foods like the blue-green algae, spirulina and chlorella to your diet is a healthier idea in comparison to taking iron supplements, because the latter often come with their own unpleasant side-effects. Besides, excess iron in an isolated form can be toxic. A healthy iron-rich diet is, of course, always the one to be encouraged, but do consider the fact that blue-green algae particularly, have twenty-two times more iron than spinach! As a matter of fact, blue-green algae are the richest known natural source of iron. Additionally, the iron in this plant is found in an organic form – making it easier for your organism to absorb.
Blue-green algae have been proven to be especially effective in cases of microcytic, macrocytic and hypocronic anemia. These are the types of anemia that result from poor iron absorption, causing size and color abnormalities in red cells to form, and making them hemoglobin-deficient.
Anemia can also be caused by vitamin deficiency because our body needs folate and vitamin B12, among other nutrients, to produce enough red blood cells. Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia results from the shortage of this vitamin in the blood. Vitamin B12 is involved in the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow, and its deficiency will cause whatever red blood cells form, to be abnormal. Similarly, when the blood levels of a substance called folacin are low, the normal formation of red blood cells in the bone marrow suffers, and folic acid anemia occurs.
Blue-green algae can be used in cases of both vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiencies. This superfood offers the highest content of vitamin B12 among all food, and we've shown that this is the most important vitamin for blood formation. Blue-green algae are also very rich in chlorophyll, a substance that participates in blood formation. Chlorophyll is beneficial in treating anemia because it stimulates the production of new red blood cells. As a matter of fact, chlorophyll is sometimes called “green blood” thanks to its similarity to the hemoglobin molecule found in human blood cells. They only differ in one molecule: chlorophyll contains one magnesium molecule in the place where hemoglobin has an iron molecule. It is believed that when chlorophyll is ingested along iron, the magnesium molecule can be displaced by the iron molecule, thus effectively converting chlorophyll to hemoglobin!
Certain chronic diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus can affect the normal production of red cells, which results in chronic anemia. Conditions like hypothyroidism, kidney or liver failure also cause anemia. Aplastic anemia is a rare type of anemia that happens when your blood marrow loses its ability to produce blood cells. This is a rare but life-threatening condition; the cause of aplastic anemia is unknown. Furthermore, hemolytic anemia occurs when the red blood cells are destroyed so rapidly that your spinal cord cannot compensate by producing red blood cells to substitute the ones that were lost.
There are many different types of anemia, ranging from mild to severe, and from temporary to long-term, but nearly all of those suffering from it could benefit from including blue-green algae in their everyday diet regimen.
Several clinical trials have shown that blue-green algae can successfully reduce anemia in malnourished children. One study, done on rats, proved that those rats that were fed blue-green algae absorbed more iron than those fed an iron supplement, suggesting a highly available form of iron in blue-green algae. An older clinical study done in Japan on women who were limiting their meals to stay thin and were showing signs of hypochronic anemia, a type of anemia characterized by lower than normal hemoglobin content, has demonstrated that by adding blue-green algae to every meal, after only a month, their blood hemoglobin content returned to normal levels. A recent study published in the Journal of Cellular & Molecular Immunology concluded that taking blue-green algae, among other health-promoting benefits, has helped ameliorate anemia in senior citizens that were the subject of the study.
Medical practitioners admit that most cases of anemia respond well to nutritional and herbal therapy. With their exceptionally high content of iron and B vitamins, and their excellent anti-oxidant properties, blue-green algae can be used to both prevent and treat anemia – in a natural way.
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