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This blue – green algae, spirulina, is a freshwater plant that is now one of the most researched and talked about superfoods today. Grown around the world from Mexico to Africa, and even Hawaii, it is renowned for its intense flavor and even more powerful nutrition profile! Most doctors, scientists, and nutrition experts consider it to be one of the world’s most powerful green superfoods. There are over 1000 scientific articles evaluating its benefits. Ancient Aztecs would skim spirulina algae off of the surface of lakes and dry it into cakes. These algae cakes were their key source of nutrition.
Spirulina is amazingly high in protein – 60-65%. In comparison, meat and fish products are between 15-35% protein and beans are 6-11%. Spirulina is much easier for your body to digest than animal proteins. It contains 8 essential amino acids. No wonder it is popularity continues to soar.
The top 8 documented benefits of spirulina:
1. Helps prevent cancer. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “A number of animal and test tube studies suggest that spirulina increases production of antibodies, infection-fighting proteins, and other cells that improve immunity and help ward off infection and chronic illnesses such as cancer.”
2. Eliminates Candida. Spirulina benefits have been shown to promote the growth of healthy bacterial flora in the intestines, which in turn inhibits Candida from thriving. Additionally, the immune-strengthening properties of spirulina will help the body eliminate Candida cells.
3. Detoxes heavy metals. After giving 24 patients affected by chronic arsenic poisoning spirulina extract (250 mg) plus zinc (2 mg) twice daily, they compared the results with 17 patients who took a placebo and found that the spirulina-zinc combination worked wonderfully. The participants experienced a 47% decrease of arsenic in their body.
4. Lowers blood pressure. Phycocyanin is a pigment found in the spirulina that scientists have discovered possesses antihypertensive effects (it lowers blood pressure).
5. Reduces cholesterol, lowers chances of stroke. Spirulina benefits have also been shown to prevent atherosclerosis and reduce elevated blood cholesterol levels. Regular spirulina consumption can literally reverse the damage done by eating a poor diet.
6. Boosts energy. Some studies have shown that spirulina supplementation can enhance endurance, and one study shows that it can increase muscle strength.
7. Speeds up weight loss. Supplements high in nutrient-dense, protein-rich foods like spirulina, promote weight loss and lower fat stores through a variety of mechanisms. Mainly because it takes more energy to metabolize dense proteins. Eating protein helps maintain lean tissue and contributes to fat burning. It can also ease hunger, overweight people seem to benefit the most.
8. Eases sinus issues. Known as allergic rhinitis, spirulina benefits the body by reducing the inflammation that causes people to experience sinus problems. Compared to placebo trials, spirulina is effective at reducing itching, nasal discharge, nasal congestion and sneezing.
As if all of this isn’t enough, check out the nutrient profile:
60% protein and an excellent source of vitamins A, K1, K2, B12 and iron, manganese and chromium
A rich source of health-giving phytonutrients such as carotenoids, GLA, SOD and phycocyanin
2800% more beta-carotene than carrots
3900% more iron than spinach
600% more protein than tofu
280% more antioxidants than blueberries
It is important to only buy the purest form of spirulina and not to use more than 1 to 5 grams per day. According to WebMD there can be side effects from contaminated product or using too much. These side effects may include:
Liver damage, Nausea, Vomiting, Weakness
Stomach pain, Thirst, Rapid heartbeat, Shock, possibly even death.
More is not better as is so often the case with supplements and nutrients.
Our Nature’s Garden Whole food Multi contains 500 mg of pure spirulina. A conservative daily amount, but enough to give you the benefits described above without the possible negative side effects.