Raw Living Spirulina is a whole super dense living food containing every nutrient the human body requires to function at optimal levels except Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D3, and sufficient Omega 3. The human body requires these three essential nutrients for optimal health. In this article, we’ll lay out for you the reasons why these nutrients should be added in addition to the Raw Living Spirulina and our recommendations on which ones to use.
What is Vitamin B-12?
Vitamin B-12 is a crucial B vitamin. It is needed for nerve tissue health, brain function, and the production of red blood cells. Symptoms of vitamin B–12 deficiency include fatigue, low mood, and nerve problems. The human body does not create vitamin B–12, so people must get this nutrient from their diet… Many of the symptoms of vitamin B–12 deficiency arise because it causes a lack of healthy blood cells.
Although laboratory tests confirm high levels of Vitamin B-12 in Algae and Raw Living Spirulina, it is in fact mostly a Pseudovitamin cobamide meaning that it is not recognized by the human body because it is a water-based source, not soil-based as humans require. So, please don’t rely on any algae product for your B-12 source even if the packaging shows it’s there. NIH reference study
There are basically 2 forms of supplement Vitamin B-12: Cyanocobalamin and Methylcobalamin. Cyanocobalamin is the synthetic form of vitamin B12 found only in supplements, while methylcobalamin is a naturally occurring form that you can get through either food sources or supplements.
We recommend the natural form which is most recognizable and easily used by the human body. Vitamin B-12 supplements should be red in color and most absorbable in liquid form.
We all here at Raw Living Spirulina use and recommend Premier Research Labs Vitamin B-12.
What is Vitamin D3?
Vitamin D3 known as cholecalciferol is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. It is also produced endogenously when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D3 synthesis. Vitamin D3 obtained from sun exposure, food, and supplements are biologically inert and must undergo two hydroxylations in the body for activation first in the liver and then in the kidneys.
Vitamin D3 promotes calcium absorption in the gut and maintains adequate serum calcium and phosphate concentrations to enable normal mineralization of bone and to prevent hypocalcemic tetany. It is also needed for bone growth and bone remodeling by osteoblasts and osteoclasts. Without sufficient vitamin D3, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen. Vitamin D3 sufficiency prevents rickets in children, osteomalacia, and osteoporosis in adults.
Vitamin D3 has other roles in the body, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduction of inflammation. Many genes encoding proteins that regulate cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis are modulated in part by vitamin D3.
We highly recommend spending as much time out in the sun as possible without sunscreen. See video with Nadine Artemis, an expert in naturally healthy skin.
If you live in northern climates where it is difficult to get enough Vitamin D3 from the sun we recommend taking a supplement, here is the one we recommend Premier Research Labs Vitamin D3
What is Omega 3?
When it comes to fat, there’s one type you don’t want to cut back on: omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega−3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) that are widely distributed in nature, being important constituents of lipid metabolism. Unsaturated fats, which are liquid at room temperature, are considered beneficial fats because they can improve blood cholesterol levels, ease inflammation, stabilize heart rhythms, and play a number of other beneficial roles. Unsaturated fats are predominantly found in foods from plants. They play an important role in the human diet and in human physiology.
Every one of our 100 trillion cells was created by the spontaneous closure of a phospholipid bilayer membrane to form a sealed compartment. This process creates a barrier between the interior and exterior of the cell known as the gatekeeper controlling all that passes into and out of the cell.
This layer is created by the fats (lipids) we consume. If we consume saturated fats, those that are solid at room temperature, then this is what the cell layer is made out of. Good unsaturated fats make the cell membrane soft and porous where bad saturated fats make the cell membrane rigid and hard. Saturated fats clog the cell preventing nutrients from entering and toxins from exiting.
The three types of omega−3 fatty acids involved in human physiology are α-linolenic acid (ALA), found in plant oils, and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both commonly found in marine oils.
Humans are unable to synthesize the essential omega−3 fatty acid ALA and can only obtain it through diet. However, we can use ALA, when available, to form EPA and DHA with only a 10% conversion value at each stage.
Although Raw Living Spirulina does contain some ALA Omega 3, it is very low and not enough by itself to supply us with the amounts we need each day, unless you are actually living on it. 😉 So, because of that, we suggest a good high-quality flax oil supplement every day in addition to the Raw Living Spirulina. Flax oil is the only oil we recommend consuming and only as a raw supplement, (1-2 teaspoons per day) Stay away from all other oils, especially fish oils as they are saturated and rancid and will cause serious heart health problems.
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So, unless you have intracellular blood tests (SpectraCell) confirming that you are deficient in specific micronutrients, other than these three, it is best to not take any additional supplements and rely on whole foods for all your nutrients needs, making hypervitaminosis (at pathological levels) impossible, unlike with other vitamin supplements.