Ingredient Spotlight: Spirulina
Spirulina is a dense, green powder derived from freshwater, blue-green algae. It is a potent functional food documented as having anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory and immune modulating effects. Spirulina supports respiratory and skin health and was recently recognized for its ability to support glucose regulation and lipid removal.
Immunoglobulins are the soldiers (antibodies) used by the immune system to defend the body against foreign threats. They are there to identify and neutralize pathogens known as antigens. Antigens are molecules that can cause harm to the body.
How it works
Antibodies bind to receptor sites in the body. The receptor sites direct the appropriate immune response for the different types of foreign objects they encounter that cause the body to have a histamine (inflammatory) or anti-histamine (anti-inflammatory) response to the "invader". Spirulina has been shown to involve a shift in antibody class away from an inflammatory response and toward an anti-inflammatory response.
Spirulina became famous after it was successfully used by NASA as a dietary supplement for astronauts on space missions. It supports healthy immune function by inhibiting the release of histamine mast cells. Nutritionally, spirulina contains over 60% complete protein, is high in B complex vitamins, Vitamin E, carotenoids, iron, manganese, zinc, and essential fatty acids such as gamma linolenic acid, and has more beta carotene than carrots. Spirulina is also one of the few plant sources of Vitamin B12, which is essential for healthy nerves and tissues. Spirulina lacks cellulose cell walls and therefore can be easily digested, and it retains its nutrient value even when exposed to high temperatures.
If you are seeking a way to promote a healthy immune response in your horse or simply want an easy-to-digest protein supplement, our Spirulina Chia products with +16 Manuka Honey are a great choice.
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*Blue-green algal blooms can contain toxins harmful to both horses and humans. When produced properly, products containing Spirulina and some other blue-green algae extracts can be safe for equine consumption. StableFeed sources its spirulina through a botanicals lab and maintains strict Safe Food Safety protocols to maintain the safety and integrity of all of our products.