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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Benefits of Spirulina

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If you're looking for a food source that's a little bit off the radar and dense in all kinds of nutrients and health benefits, then consider spirulina. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows in warm, fresh water lakes but also is found in saltwater and natural springs. It's what gives the water that dark green color. Once it's harvested and dried, it's  then turned into forms of powder, flakes, tablets or capsules.

Here are some of its benefits:
  • It has 60-70% complete protein. It has all 8 essential amino acids and all 10 non-essential amino acids.
  • Rich in omega fatty acids.
  • Is rich in chlorophyll which is a blood cleanser. 
  • Easy to digest, protects the immune system, reduces cholesterol and aids in mineral absorption.
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight.
  • Reduces risk of developing degenerative diseases.
  • Has been shown to help correct degenerative disease.
  • Is rich in vitamin B12 which helps the metabolism of every cell and benefits nerve tissue. It is also contains other B vitamins as well.
  • Has protection against influenza, herpes and HIV.
  • Has high amount of beta carotene which is converted to vitamin A. Vitamin A is beneficial for immune system, eyes, skin and mucus tissue.
  • Its antimicrobial properties helps fight of harmful bacteria and yeast in the body.
  • Help protect body against allergic reactions. 
  • Helps increase energy and vitality. 
Though spirulina is a good source of complete protein, it should be noted that you would need to consume very high quantities of it to yield any substantial amount of dietary protein. It should also be noted that spirulina should be purchased from reputable brands to avoid any toxic contaminants. 

That said, I think adding a little spirulina to smoothies or juices is a great way to get an added boost of beneficial nutrients into the body. I should mention that it doesn't smell or taste good, so don't be surprised if you take a whiff of it and your nose is offended. This is why adding it to a blend of fruit and/or vegetables is wise. I like using the powder form. In addition to using it in smoothies, you may also want to sprinkle a little throughout a salad -- the dressing and other ingredients will help mask the flavor. You can find spirulina in all its forms at health food stores. 

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4 comments:

Tiffany Harper said...

Spirulina is excellent! I have added this to my shakes, but I been drinking Shakeology which has this powerhouse Super Green in its formula. Great post!

TrainerTiff said...

Thanks Tiff!

Yannick Lesbros said...

Excellent article!
We love Spirulina at Spiralps!
www.spiralps.ch

SpirulinaBenefits said...

Great information! I am loving spirulina in my diet, totally gives me the energy I need! Good to see other people are trying to spread the word! Keep it up!