What's so amazing about Polysaccharides?
Among the most researched health benefits of Spirulina are:
- its ability to improve immunity
- its anti-viral activity
- removing radiation and heavy metals from the body.
This amazing benefits is due to Polysaccharides that are found in Hawaiian Spirulina. A research team led by David Pasco, PhD discovered that polysaccharides from Spirulina were between 100X and 1000X more powerful than polysaccharide combinations used for cancer immunotherapy (Pugh, et al, 2001). Another extremely important human clinical showed that Hawaiian Spirulina is excellent at building immune properties in older adults (Selmi, et al. 2011).
Research studies from Japan have found that polysaccharides from Spirulina are effective against herpes, measles, mumps, influenza, human cytomegalovirus and HIV-1 (Hayashi, et al  and , 1996). The HIV-1 benefit was also verified in a separate study by Harvard Medical School (Ayehunie, et al, 1998).
Removal of Radiation
A very important and relevant study to today found that Spirulina polysaccharides help with removing radiation and heavy metals from the body. The study discovered that Spirulina polysaccharides have a “chemo-protective and radio-protective capability” (Zhang, et al, 2001). After the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, spirulina was sent to treat child victims in Russia. The children were given 5 grams of spirulina for 45 days and the result was that their urine showed radioactivity levels decreased by 50% in 20 days.
Excited about Polysaccharides now? Not all algae or Spirulina is the same…
When comparing Spirulina polysaccharide levels to other algae, the researcher’s on Dr. Pasco’s team found that Spirulina algae has much higher levels of polysaccharides than Chlorella or Klamath Blue-Green Algae. When testing other brands of Spirulina, they found that Hawaiian Spirulina (from Nutrex Hawaii) has the highest level of polysaccharides, so much more that it has almost double the levels of all other brands tested!
At Nutrex Hawaii, we believe that the whole food complex of Hawaiian Spirulina is the way nature intended it—a synergistic blend of many nutrients that together, are more health-giving than any single nutrient individually. Yet it’s refreshing to know that within Hawaiian Spirulina are the highest levels of this wonderful nutrient called “polysaccharides” that has demonstrated such varied health benefits.