Haven’t you heard? There’s a new superfood in town! Well, it’s not quite new. It’s been around since the 9th century, but it’s becoming more well-known as a food and nutritional supplement that provides several health benefits. Spirulina (for those who aren’t as familiar) is a type of blue-green algae, sometimes mistaken for chlorella. It grows best in warm water that is highly alkaline and can be found in most health food stores, usually in tablet or powder form. Conveniently, spirulina in powder form can be easily blended into smoothies, soups and other recipes. Here are a few of the health benefits of this abundant plant:
Promotes eye health
Spirulina has an element which is like carotene: xanthophyll. It helps prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
Spirulina is a great source of Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. It has 26 times more calcium than milk and can help with premenstrual symptoms and pregnancy. Research shows that those with arthritis were helped in approximately one week after taking this blue-green algae.
Helps with allergies
A study showed that spirulina can help with allergies. Individuals who took spirulina for the 12 week test saw major improvements with allergy symptoms, which included sneezing, nasal discharge, congestion and itching.
Kills bacteria and viruses
Spirulina can limit the growth of bacteria and pathogenic yeasts, as it has an antimicrobial property. It’s able to cleanse blood with its chlorophyll and oxygenate the blood.
Immune system booster
Spirulina has been found to improve the immune system by prompting it to produce more monocytes, natural cells and macrophages.
Spirulina is a powerful detoxifying agent because of its high chlorophyll levels.
Rich source of protein
Spirulina is being looked at as a food resource for developing countries that face famine. It’s very rich in protein with 60 percent of its weight made up of amino acids.
Lowers high cholesterol
Spirulina proved to increase good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol, in a study by the Chungnam National University of South Korea. Make sure to speak with your doctor before using this to control cholesterol and discuss your ideal treatment.
It’s a powerful antioxidant
Spirulina gets its blue-green color from C-phycocyanin, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps combat the harm to your body that’s caused by free radicals— the bad cells that live on the good ones, promoting cancer growth. This blue-green algae is rich in selenium, carotenoids, vitamin E and phenolic acids.
You’re probably convinced by now that spirulina is a superfood to add to your list of health remedies. There’s no denying the multiple benefits it carries!