Nutrition

Spirulina – Why You Should Be Eating This Vitamin Filled Superfood

t’s blue-green, ridiculously healthy and completely overlooked as one of the most vitamin packed superfoods around.

Spirulina contains between 55 and 75% protein (more than beef and chicken) and is a complete protein. It has 8 essential and 10 non-essential amino acids and a zillion other nutrients I won’t bore you with. This blue-green algae is a powerhouse and considered the superfood of the future.  Here are a few of the many (and I mean MANY) benefits spirulina can provide:

Anticancer

Some evidence suggests that spirulina may have anti-cancer properties. Studies have shown that spirulina increases production of antibodies, infection-fighting proteins and other cells that improve immunity and ward off infection and chronic illnesses such as cancer. (1)

Heavy Metal Detoxification & Immune Booster

Spirulina works to bind with heavy metals in the body and helps to remove them. Heavy metals in the body are suspected of triggering dangerous conditions such as heart disease, thyroid problems, dementia, neurological conditions, autism, infertility and birth defects. As you can see, it’s very important to detox your body from heavy metals to lower risks of such conditions.

It is also extremely high in Chlorophyll, which works to remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system.

Antioxidant & Anti-Inflammatory

Antioxidants are powerful substances that protect the cells from damage. Antioxidants can protect against oxidative damage, which harms our DNA and cells. This can result in chronic inflammation, which contributes to cancer and other diseases. Spirulina contains an antioxidant called phycocyanin, which is a potent anti-inflammatory. Phycocyanin can fight free radicals and hinder the production of inflammatory signaling molecules. This can be extremely beneficial to those who suffer from issues like chronic inflammation, IBS or IBD. I have found that consistent use of spirulina has reduced many of my symptoms of such inflammation.

Eliminates Candida

Candida species are common in humans and are often found in colonies in the normal microbiota of their intestines, mouth and on their skin. Without a healthy microflora balance in the body, we are more vulnerable to sickness and disease. Spirulina has been shown as an effective anti-microbial agent, particularly for candida. Is has been shown to encourage the growth of healthy bacterial flora which inhibits Candida from thriving.

Lowers blood pressure

Many deadly diseases and conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, and chronic kidney disease can all be derived from high blood pressure. A higher dose of spirulina is thought to help increase production of nitric oxide, a signaling molecule that helps blood vessels to relax and dilate.

Alkalize the body

It’s extremely important to keep your body at the correct internal pH to maintain your health. When the pH levels of our bodies become imbalanced we are creating an internal environment that is more susceptible to disease and illness.

To keep a balanced internal pH, it is essential that 80% of our food is alkaline and no more than 20% is acidic. Those of us in western civilization consume diets that are too acidic. This

Spirulina has a pH around 10.5 (out of 14), meaning it’s extremely alkaline. This means that it can counter the acidic foods and raise the pH level of your body. After consistent use, this will increase bone mass and improve metabolic functions.

I could go on and on about the many other benefits of spirulina but for the sake of yours and my sanity, I will leave it to these few.

 

I like to take a tablespoon of this amazing stuff daily (I use this). Now I won’t lie, the taste is not pleasant, but I add it to my morning smoothie to mask the strong taste. It also comes in a pill form for those of you who find the taste completely unbearable.

 

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