Spirulina – hardly a con algae
From time to time “scientists” promote their viewpoints as objective truths – “in the name of science”. And media swallows, even though the scientists often have a hidden agenda. That’s exactly what happened in yesterday’s Aftonbladet, Sweden’s biggest daily newspaper, when swedish microbiology and immunology scientist Agnes Wold stated that the spirulina algae has no significant health benefits. (www.aftonbladet.se/kropphalsa/article8365053.ab)
– I am almost certain that people who eats this (the algae Arthrospira Platensis also known as Spirulina) won’t be more protected to colds, she says as a response to celebrity actor Mikael Persbrant’s support for a nutritional supplement containing the algae.
Having searched for its medical effects in scientific databases Agnes Wold found only 2 articles about medical effects out of 62 articles, and none of the two said anything about wheather the algae had any effects on colds or not.
Like other traditional scientists she choses to look at the medical effects, the curing effect, and not the preventive effect. Agnes Wold represent the common viewpoint that you can’t improve your health and strenghten your immune defense with nutrition. According to the article she actually states that there is nothing wrong with ordinary people’s immune defense.
– I can’t understand why immune defense is a favourite field for all charlatans.
In 2009 I interviewed a professor in nutrition with the same viewpoint (“normal food is a sufficient source of nutrition”). It proved that he had close links to a lobby organisation for the biggest mainstream food producers. So I did a quick search on Agnes Wold and sure enough she is also involved, as a member of the editorial board of SFN, Svenska föreningen för näringslära, or SNF, Swedish Nutrition Foundation. This lobby organisation actually provide schools and universities with textbooks and tutorial materials. And nobody thinks it’s rotten.
You might wonder why these “scientists” don’t spend their energy on the health risks with trans fatty acids, GMO-food, chemicals in food, synthetic additives, sugar bombs, pesticides etc but instead turn their attention critizing superfoods that are good for us. It all depends on who is paying.
If you do a quick search on spirulina you will find plenty of information about its nutritional and health benefits: http://www.worldlingo.com/ma/enwiki/en/Spirulina_%28dietary_supplement%29
Actually spirulina has been suggested by NASA and European Space Agency as one of the primary foods to be cultivated during long-term space missions. There is also an organisation called the Intergovernmental Institution for the Use of Micro-algae Foods Spirulina Against Malnutrition that “aspires to build a consensus to make Spirulina a key driver to achieve food security and improve human health conditions throughout the world”.
Or check this clip about how Kanem tribes in Tchad have been using spirulina for centuries: www.dailymotion.com/video/x2tism_la-spiruline-au-tchad-heritage-cult_tech
more about spirulina:
and a link to a (swedish) online store selling spirulina.
(the hyperlink function doesn’t work at the moment)