Have a great day everyone! Spirulina is a complete source of digestible proteins, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Plus, spirulina has excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. For those trying to expand their diet, spirulina supplementation is a good start. In this review, we will discuss the most pressing issues:
1) Spirulina composition and beneficial properties.
2) What to buy, spirulina or chlorella.
3) Contraindications for taking spirulina.
Spirulina is one of the most sought after and popular nutritional supplements in the world. It is most commonly found in powder form.
Spirulina is not algae in our usual sense. It is a type of cyanobacteria that can grow in salt and fresh water. Also known as blue-green algae, it produces 20 to 40% of the oxygen on earth. Useful properties are usually indicated in the form of long tables, we will list the most important ones:
1) Phytonutrients. The main substance found in spirulina and providing most of its medicinal properties is phycocyanin. It is believed to be able to slow down the growth of cancer cells.
2) Protein. 50-70% of the dry matter of spirulina is protein. Spirulina contains the entire set of amino acids that are necessary for the production of protein molecules. Ideal for vegans.
3) Trace elements and vitamins. We will not cite them, since despite their impressive composition, their number is small. The exception is iron and some B vitamins. Please note, vitamin B12.
Seaweed contains a lot of iodine. Spirulina and chlorella, as described above, are not algae, so there is very little iodine in them. In spirulina, a standard portion of 5 grams accounts for 0.5 mcg of iodine, with a daily iodine rate of about 150 mcg. Therefore, let's say unequivocally, there is practically no iodine in spirulina.
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Highly efficient high-bed crop culture
Instead of burning branches, leaves and grass clippings after cleaning your garden and orchard, you could build a Hügel bed, better known as the Holzer High Bed. Simply put, it is a large (about 1.5 m) bulk mound, where branches, leaves, grass cuttings, straw, cardboard, paper, manure, compost or any other biomass that is at hand are dropped, and the top is covered with earth and vegetables are planted.
What are the advantages of tall beds
The gradual decomposition of the tree will become a consistent source of long-term plant nutrients. A large ridge can deliver a steady supply of nutrients for 20 years (or even longer if you are using only hardwood). Composting the tree also generates heat, which prolongs the growing season of the plants. The soil in such a bed is well loosened, has high aeration, and there is no need to dig it up for a long time. Logs and branches act like a sponge. They accumulate rainwater and then release it on dry days. In fact, after the first year, you may never water your tall bed (except for long-term drought). Absorbs carbon in the soil. Sepp Holzer (high bed expert) recommends choosing a small lawn and cutting the sod, digging a 30 cm deep trench and filling it with logs and branches. Then cover the logs with an upside-down sod. Cover the top with cut grass, seaweed, compost, old manure, straw, green leaves, mulch, etc. ...
From the book of permaculture by Sepp Holzer.
Comparison of traditional and tall beds.
Plants are taken from one package of seeds. on the high bed, the plants were planted two weeks later than on the left bed. Marcella