5 Facts About Spirulina – World’s Most Powerful Food

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Spirulina is a bluish green freshwater algae that is by far the most researched “superfood” available as a supplement. It is a rich source of protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and other antioxidants that help protect cells from free radical damage.

 Why use spirulina?

 

  1. Protein – It is over 60% protein and amino acids. This protein is readily absorbed by the body and one teaspoon (3 grams) of Spirulina is protein equivalent to 36 grams of beef. Supplementing your diet with three teaspoons of Spirulina daily will give you the protein of three ounces of steak. It is a valuable protein source for vegans and vegetarians.
  1. Nutrient Dense – Beyond the protein content, Spirulina contains Thiamin (Vitamin B1) which is necessary for the digestion of fats and proteins. Iron, another plus for vegetarians and vegans, Spirulina is one of the best plant sources of iron. Calcium, Spirulina contains over 26 times the calcium found in milk. It is a rich source of other nutrients including vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-6, B-9, vitamins C, D, A and E. Spirulina also provides potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc.
  1. Chlorophyll – Spirulina is rich in Chlorophyll and a blue pigment called phycocyanin. High levels of Chlorophyll have been shown to have anticancer properties. The theory behind Chlorophyll and cancer cells involves binding with the abnormal cells and destroying them. Chlorophyll is also known for its cleansing and detoxifying properties. Spirulina has been used in Japan to treat cancer and in Russia to treat young victims of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. It was successful in boosting the immune system in the children whose bone marrow had been weakened from radiation exposure.
  1. Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) – Gamma-linolenic acid or GLA is a plant-based omega-6 fatty acid, the only healthy omega-6 with similar properties of the more healthy and more well-known omega-3 acids. GLA is well researched and documented and combats chronic inflammation, eczema, dermatitis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and obesity. A 10-gram serving of Spirulina powder provides 131 mg of GLA and is the best food source of GLA other than breast milk.
  1. Magnesium – Spirulina is a rich source of magnesium which is required for many of your body’s biochemical reactions, including your heart’s pace and rhythm, keeping your bones strong, maintaining your immune system and working with potassium and sodium to normalize blood pressure. Low levels of magnesium lead to cramps, anxiety and osteoporosis.

While the term “superfood” is often overused in an effort to promote or market new “healthy” foods, it is correctly used to describe foods that are nutrient dense, foods that are packed with nutrients and provide “more bang for the buck.” It truly fits that description, loaded with readily available proteins, vitamins and anti-aging and cancer-fighting antioxidants.

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