Benefits of Spirulina and What it is…

Benefits of Spirulina and What it is…

What is that green stuff? Its Spirulina of course! Spirulina is a dietary supplement and considered a super food by many. It is said that Spirulina has great health benefits and it is also high in protein.

Vitamins and Supplements are important to help your body function correctly. Spirulina is available in pill form as well as powdered form. It can be found in many health food stores. You can take it in pill form, add it to smoothies or even add it into recipes. I usually take the tablets but have had some delicious smoothies and raw food bars that contained Spirulina. When purchasing, it’s very important to find high quality Spirulina from trusted sources because there are possibilities some Spirulina may contain toxic substances or even heavy metals since it is known to absorb them. Don’t be alarmed but it tends to smell a little funny if your are not used to it.

Spirulina is similar to algae but is considered cyanobacteria, which means it’s a type of bacteria that gets energy through photosynthesis (this is how plants use sunlight to synthesize food from water and carbon dioxide). Dr. Mercola states that, “Cyanobacteria are classified as bacteria because their genetic material is not organized in a membrane-bound nucleus. Unlike other bacteria, they have chlorophyll and use the sun as an energy source, in the way plants and algae do.” It grows naturally in alkaline lakes around Africa and in Mexico but found all over the world.

Studies show that it is high in vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and carotenoids which can all be very helpful to the human body. Its high protein content (between 50%-70% protein by weight) makes it great for those who are looking for ways to intake more plant based protein.

It is suggested that Spirulina can boost energy, help with loosing or maintaining weight, have possible benefits for your eyes, cardio vascular health, and even good for the liver and brain. In some cases I have heard that Spirulina can be helpful with allergies and other health related issues but there doesn’t seem to be enough solid scientific evidence to prove those statements.

Here are some of the vitamins and minerals found in Spirulina:
-Calcium
-Potassium
-Iron
-Zinc
-Phosphorous
-Magnesium
-Antioxidants
*said to be one of the only sources of the antioxidant Phycocyanin
-Beta Carotene
-Vitamin K
-Complex B Vitamins
-Vitamin E
-Iodine
-Selenium
-Amino Acids
-Gamma Linolenic acid

I encourage you to do more research and suggest that you consult with the appropriate health care professional prior to making choices on taking Spirulina as a supplement. Although it may have many benefits everyone’s body is different and may react in different ways therefore it’s important to get advice from your doctor.

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Sources:

University of Maryland Medical Center

NYU Lagone Medical Center

Dr. Mercola

Spirulina Benefits

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