The many health benefits of Spirulina keep showing up with every new supplement I see in my newsfeed. Ever since NASA used Spirulina as a dietary supplement for astronauts, it also makes great content for an ad – The health food for the future! (insert seaweed music!) Ancient civilizations like Aztecs have been using Spirulina for thousands of years. And as luck would have it, in modern times – I have some sitting in the back of my refrigerator and I decided to use it up, which is what inspired the writing of this article in the first place.
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What is this Spirulina?
Spirulina is a blue-green colored Algae. It got this name because, when you look at it under microscope, it looks like spirals or helix. Hence then name – Spirulina.
What is Algae? You may ask. Algae is a fascinating plant that grows in water. It just has the green chlorophyll and no roots, stems, fruits or flowers. Water Plant = Sea Weed. Another day I need to write about the other seaweed – Nori, Wakame, and Seaweed Salad ala Japanese restaurants.
What are some health benefits of Spirulina?
According to this study, Spirulina has the highest protein content of all plant-based proteins, and is easily digestible, and is alkaline in nature. Most animal proteins are acidic. Spirulina boosts immunity as well as helps treat aches and pains because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Spirulina has up to 70% protein and Vitamins B12 and provitamin A (Or Beta-carotenes), and iron. It is also rich in phenolic acids, Vitamin E, and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is beneficial in the treatments of skin conditions. such as psoriasis and eczema.
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But is Spirulina safe to eat?
Spirulina has no known side effects, and hey it is a seaweed so it does grow like a weed in the right environmental conditions. Also Like I stated above, it is easily digested as well.
Fatigue? Beat that Mid Day Slump
If you suffer from low energy and mid-morning or mid-day slumps. And even a high dosage of caffeine and sugar does not cut it for you. You definitely need to try out a Spirulina supplement or add it to your smoothie. The GLA gets absorbed in the body immediately (without the sugar high) and gives you an immediate release of energy. Like Yogurt, Spirulina also helps release healthy gut bacteria in the body.
I might try to cure my caffeine addiction by replacing my Chai tea with Spirulina and post an update another time.
Other health benefits
This same study also goes on to describe that Spirulina boosts immunity against allergies as well as a variety of viruses. Spirulina is also beneficial against bad cholesterol and diabetes. It also has anti-cancer effects. A combination of Spirulina and Zinc was found effective in reversing the effects of chronic arsenic poisoning.
How do you make Spirulina as part of my daily diet?
If you are into pills and supplements you can get one such as this Hawaiian Spirulina tablets or really whichever one you fancy from the health food section of the store of your choice. I just sprinkle this Hawaiian Spirulina Powder over my smoothie, or a protein shake I am trying to finish because I have some leftover orgain in the house. I have not been super regular at taking this but maybe I should, knowing how beneficial it is!
Oh if you want to add Spirulina to your smoothie, you would like to read this post – Energizing Morning Smoothie.
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And for your tiny dose of fun today, Enjoy these wise words straight from the bikini bottom. “SEAWEED = 50% Sea + 50% Weed”. #seaweed
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