Benefits of Spirulina – The World’s Most Powerful Superfood!
Spirulina! Considered by many to be the world’s #1 superfood, the list of spirulina benefits is impressive indeed!
Not only does this amazing plant contain all the essential amino acids in appropriate quantities, forming a complete protein (68% of total weight!), it also contains more than 200 other life essential elements! As if being a complete plant protein isn’t rare enough, spirulina is actually the most protein dense natural food in the world! 12x the protein content of beef (and much better for the body!).
The benefits of this incredible plant have been recognized for centuries, utilized as a food source by the ancient Aztecs as well as the people of Chad who harvested the algae from the local lakes. In fact, this plant is one of the oldest forms of life, dating back 3.5 billion years.
Due to it’s simple, cellulose free, structure, the nutrients found in spirulina are nearly all absorbed and utilized by your body!
Some of the amazing ways your body benefits from this algae are it’s ability to detoxify the immune system, the liver, the bowels! Consumption of spirulina aids in keeping the bad bowel bacteria, like ecoli, in check while encouraging the good, digestive bacteria to thrive!
This powerful superfood promotes optimal blood health in many ways such as maintaining healthy blood pressure, lowering bad LDL cholesterol, promoting a strong cardiovascular system, stabilizing blood sugar levels, cleansing the blood of heavy metals like mercury and lead, and helping build new red blood cells. Healthy red blood cells can fight anemia and increase oxygen consumption efficiency, while stable blood sugar levels help control food cravings, encouraging weight loss. A great dietary addition, whether you are an athlete or just want to promote a healthier lifestyle!
Gram for gram, spirulina has the same iron content as beef! Combine that with copper, chromium, zinc, manganese and selenium and you have an antioxidant powerhouse! This superfood is set to defend the body against viral infections and free radicals, helping minimize the risk of cancer and keeping that immune system strong!
Speaking of antioxidants, remember how good the beta carotene in carrots was for your vision? Spirulina contains 10x the eye sight boosting beta carotene than that found in carrots! Throw in some phycocyanin to protect against DNA damage, calcium and magnesium for strong, healthy bones, cholesterol fighting GLA, vitamin b12 for a healthy nervous system, chlorophyll for increased energy, and you have your anti-aging warrior!
NASA studies have shown 1kg of spirulina to contain the same nutrients as 1000kg of assorted fruits and veggies! Additional studies have found spirulina effective in treating radiation sickness of children living near Chernobyl, also helping recover from arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh. Spirulina is even used as an accompanying treatment for HIV, where it assists in slowing the progression of the virus!
The best part about this green wonder is how easy it is to add to your daily routine! Spriulina can be consumed in tablets, capsules, flakes or powder, making adding it to your juice, salads, recipes or shakes a breeze. Seriously, a superfood doesn’t get much more super than spirulina!
For some super fun spirulina recipes check out the links below!