Spirulina is one of the most incredible super foods on planet earth. It's a blue green algae that can be found in ponds and freshwater lakes.
It is loaded with nutrients that have powerful effects on every organ and function of the body.
Potential Health Benefits
Years ago, I couldn’t imagine myself eating algae but given its health boosting qualities, I decided to give it a go…
The first time I tried it I believe it was in a hard tablet form and it wasn’t until I’d tried the Perfect Spirulina that I realised how enjoyable this weird little algae could be.
I tried it in their capsules and then I started adding it to my daily smoothie and since then I’ve never looked back. 👀
- Rich in Vitamins
The cyanobacteria in this algae can produce energy out of sunlight through the process called photosynthesis.
It is rich in vitamins such as vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E and K.
It also contain enzymes, phytonutrients and co-factors that the body can absorb and use wisely.
The recommended daily dose is 1-3 grams and taking doses of up to 10 grams daily is also considered safe and effective
- Powerful Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Properties
Spirulina has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can provide protection to the body against oxidative damage.
An antioxidant substance called phycocyanin (that gives it its unique blue-green colour) inhibits inflammatory production and fight free radicals in the body.
It does this by providing positive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
- Packed with Protein
The highest concentration of protein of any known food is found in this blue-green algae.
It is complete with all 8 essential amino acids essential for human health with a total of 18 amino acids.
Protein is extremely important for the different roles it has in detoxification, metabolism, tissue regeneration and repair.
It also influences the different organs of the body to function well.
It provides amino acids like no other and must therefore be a part of your diet on a daily basis to nourish the cells of your body.
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- Aids in Digestion
It can do a perfect job in clearing the passage of waste through the digestive system.
It can reduce stress on the entire system and promote healthy and good bacteria that can improve its ability to absorb nutrients.
Detox for Life
- Natural Detoxification
Because Spirulina contains high amounts of chlorophyl, this acts as a powerful detoxifier of toxins such as heavy metals and radioactive isotopes.
This means it can be highly beneficial for people undergoing radioactive therapy.
Pregnant or Nursing a Baby?
As spirulina is a detoxifier, it's best to avoid when pregnant or breastfeeding. Just to be on the safe side. It's completely fine to take when trying to conceive and as soon as you've finished nursing baby. Taking spirulina can help to get back the lost nutrition from pregnancy and breastfeeding, that your body so craves.
Something that you may wish to consider taking if pregnant/nursing and looking for more nutrition is liver capsules or multi-organs capsules. Despite what we are told, the information on natural vitamin and pregnancy is incorrect and potentially harmful to the growing baby.
To learn more about a diet for pregnancy that is nourishing and provides all the key nutrients for healthy development, be sure to check out Weston A Price blog here.
Synthetic vitamin A is a whole other story. Read our synthetic nutrition blog here. It's a real eye-opener!
Other potential health benefits:
- Antidote to poisoning,
- Fighting allergies
- Regulating blood pressure
- Managing cholesterol
- May help with cancer
- Boosting immunity
- Improves memory and concentration
- Helps in muscle strength and endurance
And the list goes on…
If you’ve never tried it then maybe give it a go? Once you try it you’ll never look back! That’s how great the results can be.
The beauty about it is its versatility – you can add it to smoothies or take it in a simple capsule form, the choice is yours.
*Disclaimer: the information in this article is intended purely as information and not health advice. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and one should always seek expert advice from their trusted health practitioner.