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7 surprising benefits of Spirulina

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7 surprising benefits of Spirulina by Emma Nutrition

Spirulina is a blue-green algae found in the sea. Its closest food relative is oysters. While I love the benefits of oysters the texture is only something I can handle every now and then, whereas Spirulina I can enjoy every day….and its not quite as intense as downing an oyster 😉

1. Vitamin B12 – Spirulina is a superfood that combines maximum nutritional value within the smallest calorie and consumption volume necessary. In fact just one teaspoon of spirulina provides 7 times more Vitamin 12 than mackerel and is higher than the densest Vitamin B12 containing food of clams. Vitamin B12 is used for loads of complex reactions in the body; avoiding fatigue and pernicious anaemia.

2. Full of fibre – Fibre helps us to feel fuller for longer as well as acting like a gentle brush in the intestines cleaning out debris of food that is undigested and fermenting (in a bad way). If you are finding it difficult to eat enough vegetables then you can try Spirulina for a fibre packed health kick. It provides one fourteenth of your daily requirement of fibre in an easy to consume supplement. Some people claim it helps with weight loss too.

3. Calcium – Spirulina contains more Calcium than milk. In fact it contains twice the amount that milk does. 100gm of Spirulina contains 220mg of Calcium whereas 100gm/ml of milk contains 120mg of Calcium. Sardines with bones and almonds are the only foods that contain more Calcium than Spirulina.

4. Protein – Spirulina contains more protein than most foods! Of course we wouldn’t gorge ourselves on spirulina steaks but it’s useful to know that we can get some of our daily protein requirements from it. While eggs contain 12 gm of protein per 100gm, Spirulina contains a whopping 56gm per 100gm.

5. Iron – higher than any other food in Iron Spirulina packs a punch on the Iron stakes. Another natural source of highly absorbable Iron is Spatone iron supplements. Adding both of these to your diet will ensure you have enough minerals for high energy and metabolism.

6. Zinc – important for fertility, sexual health and skin healing Zinc is the ultimate mojo-rejuvenating mineral. Spirulina contains twice as much Zinc as spinach but much less than oysters. Oysters are, after all, the ultimate love food!

7. Potassium – the most important electrolyte for athletes as well as after illness and for low carb dieters too. Potassium is an essential mineral. With nearly twice as much Potassium as a banana, the potassium in Spirulina can help to maintain electrolyte balance and prevent high blood pressure.

FYI I find its more palatable in warm (not hot) water than cold. These are the best blends I’ve found. 

Emma

Have you tried Spirulina? How did you find the taste of it?

Image courtesy of CCRES

Author: EmmaNutrition

Emma Wight-Boycott MSc mBANT is a natural health expert with a passion for simplifying the science. Emma works with post natal mums, weekend runners and those with digestive issues to find the source of their health issues and rediscover their health mojo.

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  1. Spirulina provides the body with the proper nutrients it needs so it can heal itself. The human body is perfectly capable of healing itself if it is provided with the necessary vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other nutrients it needs. Spirulina contains more bio-chelated organic iron than any other whole-food. Bio-chelated means that the iron will easily be assimilated into the body. It is rich in raw protein. Spirulina is a single celled blue green algae that contains 10 vitamins, 8 #minerals, and 18 amino acids (essential and non-essential). It contains a complete #protein of 65-71%, that is 12-15 times more protein than steak and is 5 times easier to digest than meat or soy protein. Spirulina has 58 times the iron of raw spinach and 28 times that of raw beef liver. It contains more beta-carotene than any other whole food. Beta-carotene determines how our cells communicate with one another.

    Its minerals and vitamins are naturally bio-chelated, meaning they are wrapped in amino-acids for excellent assimilation by the body. It contains over 100 synergistic nutrients and is nature’s richest and most complete source of total organic nutrition. Spirulina is a completely natural, and therefore a superior approach to nutrition. It also has many beneficial enzymes. Spirulina has a rare essential fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid (#GLA) that is a key to good health. GLA found in mother’s milk helps develop healthy babies. Studies show nutritional deficiencies can block GLA production in your body, so a good dietary source of GLA can be important. Spirulina is the only source other than natural mother’s milk to have GLA. GLA is an essential fatty acid that has been shown very helpful in the relief of joint pain.
    Spirulina is a whole-food; not a concentrate, not an extract.

    #Spirulina is a balanced, natural whole food.

    The benefits of Spirulina extend beyond simply providing an increase in energy.

    Spirulina is a food supplement that helps with cholesterol, #DNA repair, cellular communication, and more.
    Spirulina supports the immune system.
    • The benefit of spirulina for the immune system is a result of these active constituents – polysaccharides, beta carotene, and phycocyanin.

    • Increases the efficiency of cellular communications

    • Helps in the repair of DNA

    • Many people taking spirulina find they have more energy

    • Heart benefits of spirulina include an improvement in the functioning of heart arteries.
    Other benefits include:

    • Improvements in colon regularity. The benefit of Spirulina extends to its capacity to help control the ‘bad’ bacteria like e.coli and the yeast overgrowth of #candida. Yet, it also encourages the good bacteria, which is important for our capacity to absorb nutrients, and make others, such as some of the B #vitamins in the #colon. #CCRES #ALGAE TEAM

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