With our nutrient-depleted food supply and busy modern lifestyles, many of us are searching for easy ways to pack more nutrition into our diet.
What if I told you that there IS an easy way?
It all starts with a humble microorganism called spirulina. Find out why this superfood is worthy of that accolade, and how it can benefit your health!
What Is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae. More technically, it is classed as a ‘cyanobacteria’ and makes energy from sunlight, much in the way that plants do.
Spirulina is grown and harvested all over the world, from Mexico, Africa, Japan, Hawaii and even Australia.
It grows optimally in low-alkaline waters but can survive in both fresh and saltwater sources.
But it’s not just a glorified ‘pond scum’! Gram for gram, spirulina may be one of the most nutrient-dense foods on planet earth. It’s a rich source of; protein, B vitamins, Vitamins C, D , E and iron. Furthermore, just one tablespoon of dried spirulina provides 21% of the RDA for copper and good quantities of manganese, magnesium and potassium.
1. It’s A Super Simple Way To Boost Your Greens!
Don’t always have time to fit in your recommended servings of veggies? You’re not alone! The stats show that 67% of adults aren’t getting enough vegetables in their daily diets.
By adding a small scoop of spirulina into a glass of water, or fresh juice, you can boost up your green quota in less than a minute!
2. Spirulina May Help To Detoxify Heavy Metals, Particularly Arsenic
The human body is assaulted by toxins from many sources: the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink is often polluted by chemicals that are potentially harmful to human health.
In particular, the World Health Organization has identified that America is affected by unnaturally high levels of inorganic arsenic. Millions of people in the Middle East are furthermore affected by arsenic poisoning.
As there are few existing solutions to treat arsenic poisoning on a global scale, researchers have studied the potential action of spirulina to do so. One small study involving 24 people with arsenic poisoning found that spirulina extract, in conjunction with zinc supplementation, decreased physiological levels of arsenic by 47%.
3. It Could Lower Inflammation
Spirulina is believed to offer good anti-inflammatory benefits. The main driver behind this benefit has been attributed to its antioxidant action; oxidative damage from free radicals can damage our cells and DNA. This damage can ultimately lead to inflammation and numerous diseases. However, the antioxidant properties of spirulina can help to prevent this inflammatory damage from occurring.