Another of the superfoods that can be traced back the ancient Aztecs, Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria. Excuse me, what? Blue-green algae?
It’s no pond scum! This source of blue-green algae is harvested for safe human consumption and is very nutritious, with many healing properties.
High in protein, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin K, beta-carotene, zinc, copper, iron, and trace minerals, Spirulina has many health benefits.
A great food for vegetarians and vegans, Spirulina is 62 percent protein and contains the whole spectrum of essential amino acids required for human cell growth.
Spirulina is rich in beta-carotene, a source of vitamin A, which is essential for eye, skin, mucous membrane and bone health.
OMEGA 3 & OMEGA 6:
Spirulina contains high amounts of these fatty acids, which are need for a complete and healthy diet. Omega fatty acids can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as reducing risk of heat disease, arthritis and diabetes.
Studies suggest that Spirulina could aid in allergy relief as it blocks histamine, the substance that is responsible for triggering allergy symptoms, such as watery eyes and congestion, within the body. What makes it so super is that unlike pharmaceutical antihistamines, it is believed that Spirulina defends against allergy without suppressing the immune system.
Although confirmation through further research is required, it is thought that Spirulina may give us greater infection fighting power by increasing the production of antibodies and cells that make up the immune system.
Spirulina is very good at absorbing heavy metals like lead and arsenic, and can remove these metals from the body. Spirulina has been used to successfully treat those who have consumed contaminated water, and also those who have been exposed to radiation.
Spirulina is most commonly found in a tablet, powder, or flake form, but can also be eaten as a whole food. It has a unique taste, so try using it in a smoothie with strong flavours, or simply supplement your diet with Spirulina in tablet form.
Before supplementing with Spirulina, it is recommended that you consult your medical physician and take it only as directed. To ensure quality and safety of your supplements, be sure to purchase your Spirulina from a reputable organic source.
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