Posted by: godshealingplants | December 6, 2012

SPIRULINA – A Superfood

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ABOUT

Spirulina is a tiny blue-green algae in the shape of a perfect spiral coil. Biologically speaking, it is one of the oldest inhabitants of the planet.

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Spirulina grows naturally in mineral-rich alkaline lakes which can be found on every continent, often near volcanoes. The largest concentrations of spirulina today can be found at Lake Texcoco in Mexico, around Lake Chad in Central Africa and along the Great Rift Valley in east Africa. Since its re-discovery in the 1960s, spirulina has been exhaustively and extensively tested by scientists around the world, and is found to be the most powerful and well-balanced source of nutrition available on the planet.

HEALTHY DIETING WITH SPIRULINA

It is probably the best source of vegan protein as about 60% of spirulina’s dry weight is protein, which is essential for growth and cell regeneration. It is a good replacement for fatty and cholesterol-rich meat and dairy products. Every 10 grams of spirulina can supply up to 70% of the minimum daily requirements for iron, and about three to four times of minimum daily requirements for vitamins A (in the form of beta carotene), B complex, D, and K. It does not contain vitamin C, but it helps maintain this vitamin’s potency.

Spirulina provides minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, iodine, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, chromium, and potassium. It is enriched with important phytonutrients such as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), chlorophyll, c-phycocyanin and other carotenoids including the powerful antioxidant zeaxanthin.

With its high digestibility, spirulina has been proven to fight malnutrition in impoverished communities by helping the body absorb nutrients when it has lost its ability to absorb normal forms of food.

Another health benefit of spirulina is that it stimulates beneficial flora like lactobacillus and bifido-bacteria in your digestive tract to promote healthy digestion and proper bowel function. It acts as a natural cleanser by eliminating mercury and other deadly toxins commonly ingested by the body.

Spirulina also increases stamina and immunity levels in athletes and its high protein content helps build muscle mass. At the same time, it can curb hunger that may develop during the most demanding training routines. Thus, it indirectly acts as an effective way to maintain an athlete’s ideal body weight.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Alkalizing – As with all green foods, it is a powerful alkalizing food to counter balance an acidic body pH. The human body and immune system thrives in an overall alkaline environment.
  • Antioxidants – Organic spirulina imparts a large array of antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin E, chlorophyll, zeaxanthin, superoxide dismutase (SOD), and phycocyanin, which help keep our cells free from damage due to the presence of free radicals, to keep you young and healthy; these antioxidants are also known to help in fighting cancer.
  • Contains beta carotene in a form that is even more potent than what is found in carrots.
  • Contains lutein, which is really important for the eyes.
  • Contains hytonutrients such as polysaccharides, sulfolipids and calcium spirulan which are rather unusual but offer lots of health benefits.
  • Contains plenty of vitamin A, E, B complex. Spirulina is the highest known source of vitamin B12. It has approximately 3 mcg for every gram. Vitamin B12 is essential for the metabolism of every cell of the body, the production of red blood cells and the development of healthy nerve tissue.
  • Helps digestion and it also diffuses the appetite so that you don’t feel that hungry.
  • Helps in detoxifying our bodies, especially where heavy metals like mercury and dioxin are in excess.
  • Helps in making people feel energetic because it balances the immune system and helps your body heal and absorb necessary nutrients.
  • Improved mental functioning.
  • Its rich content of GLA or Gamma Linolenic Acid helps in keeping the heart healthy; people have also found it to be useful in controlling weight and PMS problems.
  • It is a blood builder – due to presence of iron, chlorophyll, and phycocyanin.
  • It offers support for healing hypoglycemia, diabetes, chronic fatigue, anemia, ulcers, and boosting the immune system

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By adding spirulina powder into your current diet, such as in smoothies, desserts, soups, and salads, you have a wonderful opportunity to regenerate your body and mind and experience the powerful health benefits of spirulina.

A WORD OF CAUTION

Spirulina is easy to obtain although we must be careful to buy pure forms. It is available in tablets or powder form.

NOTE:

Here is a great source for purchasing Organic Spirulina tablets or in powder form.

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If you are shopping at iHerb for the first time, use my coupon code ROP246 for $5.00 – $10.00 off your first order.

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Just copy and paste the link below to your browser:

http://www.iherb.com/Planetary-Herbals-Organics-Organic-Spirulina-500-mg-200-Tablets/19122?rcode=ROP246

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Just copy and paste the link below to your browser:

http://www.iherb.com/Starwest-Botanicals-Spirulina-Powder-Organic-1-lb/22716?rcode=ROP246

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Responses

  1. My mother was big on spirulina way back in the late 70’s… (she was hip to cool stuff like that…+ a nurse, organic gardener, solar-underground house-builder, etc.)

    You got me all interested in it again. 🙂


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