Spirulina has really come to the fore in recent years and is gradually becoming valued for the super healthy substance it is. But what is spirulina?
Spirulina is the original food of the earth and loaded with nutrients that can have an amazing effect on your brain and body. It is actually an organism that grows in both salt and fresh water. Often referred to as blue green algae, it can produce energy from sunlight through a process known as photosynthesis.
Spirulina comes in both powder and tablet form and was even used by NASA astronauts because it could be grown in space.
One tablespoon of dried spirulina powder contains:
Only 20 calories
4 grams of protein
Vitamin B1, B2, and B3
Copper and iron
Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids
All the essential amino acids
And the health benefits of spirulina do not stop there…
Here are more health benefits to consider:
Anti-inflammatory – inflammation in the body contributes to cancer, diseases, and pain in the body. Spirulina contains powerful antioxidants that can help protect the body against oxidative damage. The anti-oxidants give it the unique, deep blue-green color found in spirulina.
Lowers cholesterol – spirulina can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides and raise HDL (good) cholesterol.
Lowers blood pressure – high blood pressure can trigger many diseases including kidney disease, heart attacks and strokes. A dose of 4.5 grams of spirulina per day have been shown to be effective in lowering blood pressure. This is due to an increase in production of nitric oxide that helps the blood vessels dilate and relax.
Reduces allergic symptoms –nothing is more frustrating than dealing with allergies in the nasal airways that can be triggered by dust, animal hair, pollen or all of the above. Just 2 grams per day of spirulina can help reduce symptoms such as sneezing, itching, nasal congestion and discharge.
Improves endurance and strength in muscles – while exercise is good for us, overdoing it can contribute to muscle fatigue. Spirulina contains antioxidants that can help those who are physically active to minimize damage and improve endurance and strength.
Stabilizes blood sugar levels – stabilizing blood sugar levels throughout the day is important for reducing inflammation in the body, especially in diabetics. It can also help prevent diabetes.
The health benefits of spirulina are endless. It has been shown to detoxify the body, especially heavy metals such as arsenic.
Spirulina is definitely at the top of the list when it comes to superfoods. As far back as 1974 The World Health Organisation (WHO) stated, ‘Spirulina is an interesting food for a multiple of reasons, rich in iron and protein, an is able to be administered to children without risk. It is a very suitable food’. In 2003 The United Nations established the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition.
And since the 1980’s NASA and the European Space Agency has advocated spirulina as a primary food source on space missions.
So this substance comes with the very highest of endorsements.
Have you had your Spirulina today?
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