The microscopic vegetable Spirulina platensis can add a variety of nutritional benefits to your bird's diet.

Feeding Avian Spirulina™

Scientists recently announced that the food Spirulina dramatically strengthens the avian immune system. This is of great interest to veterinarians and breeders of exotic birds. It explains why parrots suffering from opportunistic infections recover quickly when fed Spirulina. In scientific studies, Spirulina protected birds from infection with the antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and E.coli. Scientists tested the theory that Spirulina platensis acts as a safe, edible broad-spectrum vaccine against bacteria or other disease-causing microbes. It is a natural green food, a safe alternative to antibiotics.

What is Spirulina platensis?

This microscopic vegetable is an edible blue-green algae sold as a dry powder. It deepens feather colour and shine, stimulates breeding and enhances fertility. Spirulina platensis is very nutritious, It has 62% amino acid contents. It is world's richest source of Vitamin B12 and antioxidant beta-carotene (20 times that of carrots). Wild Spirulina sustains huge flocks of wild flamingo's in super-alkaline East African Lakes.

Edible Spirulina is grown in controlled environments is much different from wild algae found in lakes. The Spirulina is grown by scientists and highly trained technicians at a special aquatic farm. It is harvested and packed in a licensed, government inspected, sanitary-food processing plant.

Always obtain Spirulina from a reliable source.


Medical Benefits

All reports appearing in scientific literature document the medical benefits of Spirulina. They all show that Spirulina improves the immune system. Baby birds are protected from otherwise deadly germs with antibodies from the egg yolk. The egg yolk antibodies soon wear out as the young chick contacts germs in the outside world. This leaves the young chicks vulnerable to infections unless it is able to quickly build its own antibodies.

Antibodies are created by a complex network of interactive white blood-cells known as macrophages, T-cells and B-cells. Spirulina accelerates the building of this cellular immune system, allowing it to increase antibody production and protect against invading germs.

Russian scientists reported that small amounts of either whole-cell Spirulina or its extracts prevented Yersina infection (the family of bacteria that causes Bubonic plague ). This gram-negative bacterium is a deadly one in man and animals. It can overwhelm the body by inducing an immune deficiency and then death. Animals supplied with Spirulina reversed the immune deficiency. The white blood cells quickly destroyed the Yersina bacteria.

Many parrot breeders report that chronic problems with infections disappear within three weeks of use. In one case a breeder with an African grey reported the disappearance from a chronic Pseudomonas bacterial infection.

Spirulina platensis recently gained patent approval in Russia as a "medicine food". It is extremely effective for treating radiation sickness. Children in Chernobyl suffering from severe damage to their immune system due to the high radiation recovered dramatically after they ate a few tablets each day. Children not given Spirulina remained ill.

How does Spirulina build the immune system?

Spirulina is very nutritious, containing all the essential amino acids. It is also very rich in anti-inflammatory GLA fatty acids, antioxidants and other phytochemicals. However, two unique natural substances supercharges the immune system. The first is the brilliant-blue protein Phycocyanin, found only in blue-green algae. Phycocyanin acts like erythropoetin (EPO).

EPO is the hormone that regulates the bone marrow cells that produces white blood cells. Phycocyanin stimulates the immature or damaged immune system to grow or to repair itself when injured by infection, toxic chemicals or radiation. Scientists also found a polysaccharide (a complex sugar molecule) unique to Spirulina. Spirulina polysaccharide acts similarly to Phycocyanin. It is highly potent and activates the immune system. It improves the immune system's ability to detect and destroy foreign microbes or eliminate toxins. It also enhances T-cells and improves Thymus gland function. Also observed were increased antibody levels and normalisation of other cellular functions.

Other Benefits

Spirulina platensis is one of the most concentrated natural sources of nutrition known. Containing all the essential amino acids, it is also rich in chlorophyll, beta carotene and other natural phytochemicals. It is the only green food rich in GLA fatty acids. GLA stimulates growth in some animals and makes feathers soft yet more durable.

In Conclusion

What does this mean for the bird-breeder?

Many breeders of exotic birds report that fertility and hatching improves. Birds have less sickness or recover more quickly. Fewer problems with feather plucking and better recovery from self-mutilation. Feather quality and coloration reach their peak. Veterinarians observe that infections quickly respond to treatment, and wound healing improves. Spirulina supercharges the avian immune system for better disease resistance and increased fertility.