Spirulina is one of the most amazing superfoods that has a whole host of nutrients and health benefits.
Spirulina is a natural cyanobacterium often referred to as blue-green algae. According to this report on spirulina by the University of Maryland Medical Center, it’s very rich in chlorophyll and a great source of antioxidants, B-vitamins, iron and many chelated minerals. Spirulina is also very high in protein and contains all essential amino acids making it a complete protein. The protein in spirulina is easily digestible. It is one of the most potent sources of nutrients around.
Some of the many health benefits include:
- It is approximately 62% protein and contains all essential amino acids.
- It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The main antioxidant in spirulina is phycocyanin. Phycocyanin is a naturally occurring, brilliant blue pigment which stimulates blood production which strengthens the immune system and acts as an anti-inflammatory. It also protects against DNA damage and premature ageing.
- It contains the essential fatty acid gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. In the body, GLA produces prostaglandins which are hormone-like substances that help regulate the immune system.
- It contains the enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD). SOD is a natural antioxidant which removes excess superoxide free radicals responsible for cell oxidation leading to DNA damage and premature aging.
- Spirulina contains Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and is especially high in Omega 3’s. Today’s modern Western diet is considered too low in Omega 3’s. Omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial for health because they are responsible for making hormones that regulate blood, heart and genetic function. Studies also show they help prevent heart disease and stroke.
- Spirulina is very high in Chlorophyll which helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system.
- Spirulina has a very high concentration of bio-available iron. It is a great natural iron supplement and may help with conditions such as anaemia.
- According to the Journal of Applied Phycology, it contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, and vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is also a source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc.
As you can see spirulina contains a whole host of nutrients and health benefits that are valuable any time the immune system needs a boost. You can add spirulina to water or in a smoothie and drink it.
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