Spirulina

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What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a blue-green “algae” (cyanbacteria) that is a complete powerhouse of nutrients. This is an ancient freshwater algae that has been living on this Earth from the beginning of time. Though it seems as if it is a ‘newer’ superfood, it has actually been consumed for centuries by humans for its nutrient rich healing properties. Spirulina grows naturally in lakes, rivers and ponds; originating from tropical climates such as Mexico and Hawaii. 

Benefits:

  1. Nutrient Powerhouse:
        • Protein: As with the rise in popularity of plant based diets, this algae has become a very popular food choice for its high protein content. With about 60% of each serving being a complete protein, it is the highest source of plant based protein in existence. Often times with other plant based sources of protein such as beans, nuts, and seeds, they will have to be paired with another food to attain all amino acids to be a complete protein. But spirulina is already a complete protein by itself, serving as the most effective plant based source of protein. This plant based protein is also very easily digested and absorbed by the human body. 
        • Iron: Meat is a very commonly known source of iron for many. But for those looking for a plant based source, look no further. Spirulina provides you with roughly 11% of your daily need in just one tablespoon. Spirulina is also a very bio
        • Calcium: Compared to milk, there is over twenty-six times more calcium in one serving on spirulina. 
  1. Decrease Anxiety and Depression: 
        • The elements of Spirulina are known to help balance the brain chemistry, promote better brain functioning and prevent depression. One amino acid found in spirulina, tryptophan, is essential in the body’s process of producing serotonin. Serotonin is the happy chemical in the brain that elevates mood and alleviates depression. Tryptophan can also help the body get a better nights sleep. 
  1. 3. A Powerful Antioxidant: 
        • Oxidative stress is known to cause free radicals in the body, which are extremely detrimental to ones health. One side effect of free radicals is a chronic inflammation, which then leads to a variety of chronic diseases and physical ailments. Spirulina has a very large concentration of antioxidants, which fight free radicals. The main active component is phycocyanin, which also gives Spirulina that blue-green color. Phycocyanin is the power behind Spirulina’s amazing free radical fighting properties, lowering ones overall risk for chronic disease. 
  1. Helps Rid of Heavy Metals:
        • Spirulina is known to bind to heavy metals in the body and flush them out of the system. Seeing as Spirulina is very high in chlorophyll, which is a nutrient that helps remove toxins from the bloodstream and helps to give the immune system a boost as well.
  1. Extreme Immune Boost:
        • Spirulina is rich with beta-carotene and phycocyanins, which are plant pigments that act as very effective boosts to the immune system. The phycocyanin specifically helps fight the damage to cells that would have otherwise caused disease in the body. 

How to consume:

There are a number of ways to consume spirulina, but my personal preference is capsule. Some refer to the taste of spirulina as ‘nutty’ and love to sprinkle it over a salad. Personally I think it tastes extremely fishy and the flavor isn’t what I am seeking when I consume spirulina. So I prefer to take capsules, purely avoiding the taste. But if the taste doesn’t bother you, spirulina can be mixed in a smoothie, juice or just a glass of water. Your method of consumption is purely based on personal preference!

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One single tablespoon (roughly 7 grams) of Spirulina powder contains:

      • Calories: 20
      • Protein: 4 grams
      • Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 11% of the USDA’s recommended daily allowance
      • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 15% of the RDA
      • Vitamin B3 (niacin): 4% of the RDA
      • Copper: 21% of the RDA 
      • Iron: 11% of the RDA
      • Also containing significant amounts of calcium, 

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