Saturday, April 18, 2009

Spirulina Benefits

What is Spirulina?

  • Spirulina is a spiral shaped microscopic blue-green vegetable algae
  • A 100% natural fresh water micro plant.
  • For many centuries communities have used the algae as a rich food source, constituting a significant part of their diet.

How safe Spirulina is?

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) of the UN has recommended Spirulina as safe and nutritious for children
  • NASA considers Spirulina an ideal food to have/grow on space stations
  • In 1974 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced Spirulina as the BEST FOOD FOR TOMORROW.
  • In 1981 United Stats Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced as the “BEST NUTRITIONAL SUPPLIMENT”
  • In 1983 Spirulina won the “BEST NATURAL FOOD AWARD” at West Germany Food Exposition.

What can Spirulina do for me?

  • Reduces blood cholesterol
  • Controls diabetes
  • Increases Hair growth and prevents its loss.
  • Prevents vitamin A deficiency and cancer prophylaxis.
  • Prevents iron deficiency, anemia, particularly in pregnant women and children
  • Reduces the risks of blindness and neurological damage caused by vitamin A deficiency in children
  • Helps in preventing the transmission of HIV from an infected mother to her child!
  • Energy booster
  • Increase memory power especially useful for all school children.
  • Increases immune power to a remarkable extent.
  • Prevents Rheumatoid arthritis (joint pain) a common problem to aged persons
  • Reduces menstrual problems.

What is special about "Pondicherry Spirulina Farms?

  •    Since our plant is very near the sea shore Pondicherry, India which is well known for its natural fresh place, and we believe we are producing the best quality product than any other global competitors.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Effects on the AIDS Virus, Cancer and the Immune System


The Study of Spirulina

Effects on the AIDS Virus, Cancer and the Immune System

Spirulina is gaining more attention from medical scientists as a nutraceutical and source of potential pharmaceuticals. There are several new peer reviewed scientific studies about Spirulina's ability to inhibit viral replication, strengthen both the cellular and humoral arms of the immune system and cause regression and inhibition of cancers. While these studies are preliminary and more research is needed, the results so far are exciting.

In April 1996, scientists from the Laboratory of Viral Pathogenesis, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School and Earthrise Farms, Calipatria, California, announced on-going research, saying "Water extract of Spirulina platensis inhibits HIV-1 replication in human derived T-cell lines and in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. A concentration of 5-10 mg/ml was found to reduce viral production." HIV-1 is the AIDS virus. Small amounts of Spirulina extract reduced viral replication while higher concentrations totally stopped its reproduction. Importantly, with the therapeutic index of >100, Spirulina extract was non-toxic to human cells at concentrations stopping viral replication.

Another group of medical scientists has published new studies regarding a purified water extract unique to Spirulina named Calcium-Spirulan. It inhibits replication of HIV-1, herpes simples, human cytomegalovirus, influenza A virus, mumps virus and measles virus in-vitro, yet is very safe for human cells. It protects human and monkey cells from viral infection in cell culture. According to peer reviewed scientific journal reports this extract, "...holds great promise for treatment of ...HIV-1, HSV-1, and HCM infections, which is particularly advantageous for AIDS patients who are prone to these life-threatening infections."

Calcium-Spirulan is a polymerized sugar molecule unique to Spirulina, containing both sulfur and calcium. Hamsters treated with this water soluble extract had better recovery rates when infected with an otherwise lethal herpes virus. How does it work? When attacking a cell, a virus first attaches itself to the cell membrane. However, because of spirulina extract, the virus cannot penetrate the cell membrane to infect the cell. The virus is stuck, unable to replicate. It is eventually eliminated by the body's natural defenses. Spirulina extracts may become useful therapeutics that could help AIDS patients lead longer, more normal lives.

Spirulina (rhymes with "ballerina") is a traditional food of some Mexican and African peoples. It is a planktonic blue-green algae found in warm water alkaline volcanic lakes. Wild spirulina sustains huge flocks of flamingos in the alkaline East African Rift Valley lakes. It possesses an amazing ability to thrive in conditions much too harsh for other algae. As might be expected, it has a highly unusual nutritional profile. Spirulina has a 62% amino acid content, is the world's richest natural source of vitamin B-12 and contains a whole spectrum of natural mixed carotene and xanthophyll phytopigments. Spirulina has a soft cell wall made of complex sugars and protein, and is different from most other algae in that it is easily digested.

Millions of people worldwide eat spirulina cultivated in scientifically designed algae farms. Current world production of spirulina for human consumption is more than 1,000 metric tons annually. The United States leads world production followed by Thailand, India and China. More countries are planning production as they realize it is a valuable strategic resource. Spirulina is not chlorella, or the blue-green algae harvested from Klamath Lake, Oregon. Chlorella, a green micro- algae, is a nutritious food but does not have the same anti-viral, anti-cancer and immune stimulating properties of spirulina. The chlorella cell wall is made of indigestible cellulose, just like green grass, while the cell wall of spirulina is made of complexed proteins and sugars.

The Klamath Lake blue-green algae has the scientific name Aphanizomenon flos-aquae. There are serious concerns about the safety of eating it because it can sometimes contain potent nerve toxins. While the scientific literature is full of information concerning the toxicity of A.flos-aquae and its dangers to humans and animals, there are few, if any, peer reviewed scientific papers regarding therapeutic benefit. In contrast, the scientific literature is full of information concerning the benefits and safety of humans and animals eating chlorella and spirulina.


Several studies show spirulina or its extracts can prevent or inhibit cancers in humans and animals. Some common forms of cancer are thought to be a result of damaged cell DNA running amok, causing uncontrolled cell growth. Cellular biologists have defined a system of special enzymes called endonuclease which repair damaged DNA to keep cells alive and health. When these enzymes are deactivated by radiation or toxins, errors in DNA go unrepaired, and cancer may develop.

In vitro studies suggest the unique polysaccharides of spirulina enhance cell nucleus enzyme activity and DNA repair synthesis. This may be why several scientific studies, observing human tobacco users and experimental cancers in animals. report high levels of suppression of several important types of cancer after being fed whole spirulina or treated with its water extracts.

Spirulina is a powerful tonic for the immune system. In scientific studies of mice, hamsters, chickens, turkeys, cats and fish, spirulina consistently improves immune system function. Medical scientists find spirulina not only stimulates the immune system, it actually enhances the body's ability to generate new blood cells.

Important parts of the immune system, the bone marrow stem cells, macrophages, T-cells and natural killer cells, exhibit enhanced activity. The spleen and thymus glands show enhanced function. Scientists also observe spirulina causing macrophages to increase in number, become "activated" and more effective at killing germs.

Feeding studies show that even small amounts of spirulina build up both the humoral and cellular arms of the immune system. Spirulina accelerates production of the humoral system (antibodies and cytokines), allowing it to better protect against invading germs. The cellular immune system includes T-cells, macrophages, B-cells and the anti-cancer natural killer cells.

These cells circulate in the blood and are especially rich in organs like the liver, spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, adenoids, tonsils and bone marrow. Spirulina up-regulates these key cells and organs, improving their ability to function in spite of stresses from environmental toxins and infectious agents.

Spirulina has a dark blue-green color, because it is rich in a brilliant blue polypeptide called phycocyanin, which affects the stem cells found in bone marrow. Stem cells are "grandmother" to both white blood cells that make up the cellular immune system and red blood cells that oxygenate the body. Chinese scientists document phycocyanin as stimulating hematopoiesis (the creation of blood), emulating the affect of the hormone erythropoetin (EPO).

EPO is produced by healthy kidneys and regulates bone marrow stem cell production of red blood cells. Chinese scientists claim phycocyanin also regulates production of white blood cells, even when bone marrow stem cells are damaged by toxic chemicals or radiation. Based on this effect, spirulina is approved in Russia as a "medicine food" for treating radiation sickness. The children of Chernobyl suffer radiation poisoning from eating food grown on radioactive soil. Their bone marrow is damaged, rendering them immunodeficient and unable to produce normal red or white blood cells. They are anemic and suffer from terrible allergic reactions. Children fed just five grams of spirulina tablets each day make dramatic recoveries within six weeks. Children not given spirulina remain ill.

Spirulina is one of the most concentrated natural sources of nutrition known. It contains all the essential amino acids, is rich in chlorophyll, beta-carotene and its co-factors, and other natural phytochemicals. Spirulina is the only green food rich in GLA essential fatty acid. GLA stimulates growth in some animals and makes skin and hair shiny and soft yet more durable. GLA also acts as an anti-inflammatory, sometimes alleviating symptoms of arthritic conditions.

Spirulina acts as a functional food, feeding beneficial intestinal flora, especially Lactobacillus and Bifidus. Maintaining a healthy population of these bacteria in the intestine reduces potential problems from opportunistic pathogens like E. coli and Candida albicans. Studies show when spirulina is added to the diet, beneficial intestinal flora increase.

Based on this preliminary research, scientists hope the use of spirulina and its extracts may reduce or prevent cancers and viral diseases. Bacterial or parasitic infections may be prevented or respond better to treatment, and wound healing may improve. Symptoms of anemia, poisoning and immunodeficiency may be alleviated.

Scientists in the US, Japan, China, Russia, India and other countries are studying this remarkable food to unlock its potential. More research is needed to determine its usefulness against AIDS and other killer diseases. However, it is already clear that this safe and natural food provides concentrated nutritional support for optimum health and wellness.

(Reprint, Healthy & Natural Journal, Volume 3, Issue 5) Article by Richard Kozlenko, D.P.M., Ph.D., M.P.H., and Ronald H. Henson. Richard Kozlenko received his Masters in Public Health and Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry from USCL School of Medicine and Public Health. He is also a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pondicherry Spirulina Farms

About us

PyFarms (Pondicherry Spirulina Farms) was established in May 2008 and is the company licensed to commercially grow the health food Spirulina in the Union Territory of Pondicherry,India.We are a south indian based natural food company specialized in spirulina food product cultivation, manufacturing and marketing.

Certification: Certified by Puducherry Government Food and Agriculture department

Our own hygienic spirulina culitvation plant is located in the very famous south indian tourist territory-Pondicherry near the bank of ‘Bay of Bengal’. Pondicherry is well known for its beach and natural landspace near by. We not only able to find the necessary resources but also the environment is absolutely well suited for growing algae and hence we choose this destination.

We have very good brand name with our local south indian customers and we are looking now for a global marketing of our product which will help people all over the world who are in need of such a great natural superfood.

PyFarms key strengths:

    Since our plant is very near the sea shore which is well known for its natural fresh Spirulina algae, we believe we are producing the best quality product than any other global competitors.

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