I’ll admit, I had no clue what spirulina was when I first heard about it, I couldn’t even pronounce it correctly, never mind know about all the associated health benefits. Spirulina is a blue-green algae often added to green juices, smoothies and health shakes to bump up protein and antioxidant content. Wild spirulina grows well in large bodies of water in tropical or subtropical climates, but most of the spirulina consumed in the United States is grown in a laboratory due to the risk of contaminants in the wild. So what are all these amazing benefits, lets take a closer look!
Good For Eye Health:
Ok, you’ve certainly heard me mention before how important it is for us diabetics to take care of our eyes. It’s an excellent supplement for those looking to improve their eye health. This blue-green algae is very rich in vitamin A, and this vitamin is exceptionally important for healthy eyes. For this same reason, eating more carrots has long been recommended to those looking to improve their eye health, but spirulina actually has ten times the vitamin A concentration gram per gram of carrots.
What Does Spirulina Do?
Spirulina aids the reparation damage tissues, increases organ function and energy levels, while also helping to aid digestion by increasing intestinal flora such as lactobacillus and bifidus. In addition, Spirulina is alkalizing and because many foods ingested in today’s diet are highly-acidic, choosing alkalizing Spirulina will counteract acidic levels, thereby supporting a more robust and effective immune system.
Spirulina A Protein Powerhouse?
Comprised of 60% vegetable protein, which is great news for vegetarians and vegans who sometimes need to take protein supplements in place of the meat they do not eat. It’s very easy to digest as well, which makes it ideal for older people who have a more delicate constitution. It’s also great for young children who require more nutrition as they grow.
Helps With PMS:
Spirulina contains a high amount of Gamma-linolenic acid, sometimes referred to as GLA. GLA has been known to be of particular benefit to women, and is found in other more commonly known items such as evening primrose oil and black currants. GLA is also present in mother’s milk, and can ease the symptoms of PMS, as well as improve the quality of the skin.
Spirulina proponents claim that the benefits of spirulina include treatment and/or prevention of the following health problems:
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- high cholesterol
- viral infections
Additional benefits also include weight loss and stimulation of the immune system.
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