I had been hearing how awesome spirulina is for quite a while now. I finally decided to check it out and I am certainly glad that I did! Spirulina has been called the next super-food, I am not sure who decides what foods qualify as ‘super-foods’ but I do know that spirulina is packed full of nutrition and offers many health benefits.
If you are new to spirulina you must be wondering what the heck is spirulina, should I be eating it, and how do I consume it? I will answer all of that, just keep reading!
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What is spirulina?
Spirulina is a blue-green algae grown or found in freshwater lakes, ponds, and rivers. Spirulina is available dried and freeze-dried then offered in supplement form in the form of powder or pills.
Please don’t just buy any spirulina product as some products can be contaminated with toxic substances. The spirulina can potentially absorb heavy metals from contaminated water where it is grown. Don’t worry, you don’t eat the algae right off of the water! It is sold dried or freeze-dried in the supplement forms of powder or capsules. It is important to buy organic spirulina from trusted brands , This is the brand that I use (although there are several brands offered over at Amazon):
The many benefits of spirulina:
- Spirulina is so special because it is a great source or protein! Spirulina offers more protein gram per gram than beef, chicken, fish, and even soybeans. Proteins are the building blocks of life so I think that this is pretty awesome! Spirulina is considered a complete protein and it is between 85 and 95% digestible making it a very potent form of protein that your body absorbs nearly instantly due to it containing no cellulose.
- Spirulina has a very high concentration of iron. It is great to take during pregnancy (ask your doctor or midwife first!) and for people with anemia.
- Spirulina contains Omega 3, 6, and 9s. It is especially high in Omega 3s. You can read about the benefits of Omega-3 over at Mercola.
- Spirulina is a great source of other nutrients. According to Wikipedia: “Spirulina contains vitamins B-1(thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3(nicotinamide), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is also a source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc. Spirulina contains many pigments which may be beneficial and bioavailable”.
- Spirulina has been suggested to be helpful to people with allergies.
- Spirulina is great for tooth remineralization due to it’s high phosphorus content.
- Spirulina is great for healthy eyes. It is very rich in vitamin A which is important for healthy eyes.
- Spirulina reduces inflammation. It is a leading source of Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is a very powerful anti-inflammatory product.
- Spirulina eases PMS. GLA, mentioned above, is known to easy symptoms of PMS>
- Spirulina is a great source of calcium.
- Spirulina promotes healthy bacteria in the digestive system and improves the absorption of dietary nutrients.
- Spirulina promotes the body to detox naturally. It has a very high concentration of chlorophyll which has been shown to help remove toxins from the blood and it binds to heavy metals and radioactive isotopes.
- Spirulina is a great antioxidant. It has 4 times the antioxidant ability of blueberries.
How to consume Spirulina:
I really really wish that I could tell you that spirulina tastes good. I can’t. This is why many people choose to take spirulina capsules, I take the powder because it is better for absorption but however you take it your body will benefit!
I add spirulina to my smoothies every morning. I add 2 teaspoons to my smoothie, a little more if I feel the need. Some people mix it with water and drink it but I am unable to do this. I do find that pineapple and berries cover the taste quite well and I have gotten quite good at making spirulina smoothies that are very good.
Do you already take spirulina? If so, how do you add it to your daily diet? If you are new to spirulina, let me know what you think!
DISCLAIMER: The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease.
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