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Spirulina and its Magical Powers

Spirulina is a blue-green “algae” (cyanobacteria) that is a complete powerhouse of nutrients. Spirulina is a freshwater algae that has been living on this Earth for thousands of years, long before humans came to be. Though it seems as if it is a ‘newer’ superfood, it has been consumed for centuries by humans for its nutrient-rich healing properties. Spirulina grows naturally in lakes, rivers and ponds; mostly coming from tropical climates such as Mexico and Hawaii. 1. Nutrient Powerhouse:

  • Protein: As with the rise in popularity of plant-based diets, this algae has become a popular way to incorporate protein without the meat. With about 60% of each serving being a complete protein, meaning Spirulina contains all 13 essential amino acids. The majority of the plant-based sources of protein (beans, nuts, and seeds) have to be paired with other foods because they lack just one or two of the essential amino acids. But Spirulina is already a complete protein by itself, serving as the most effective plant-based source of protein. Spirulina is also very easily digested and absorbed by the human body.

  • Iron: Meat is a commonly known source of iron for many. But for those looking for a plant-based source, look no further. Spirulina provides you with roughly 11% of your daily need in just one tablespoon.

  • Calcium: Spirulina is an excellent source of calcium. Compared to milk, there is over twenty-six times more calcium in one serving off Spirulina.

2. Decrease Anxiety and Depression:

  • The elements of Spirulina are known to help balance brain chemistry, promote better brain functioning, and prevent depression. One amino acid found in Spirulina, tryptophan, is essential in the body’s process of producing serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that elevates mood and alleviates depression. Tryptophan can also aid in getting a better nights sleep.

3. A Powerful Antioxidant:

  • Oxidative stress is known to cause free radicals in the body, which are extremely detrimental to one's health. One side effect of free radicals is chronic inflammation, which then can lead to a variety of chronic diseases and physical ailments. One serving of Spirulina has an immense concentration of antioxidants, which fight free radicals. The main active component is phycocyanin, which also gives Spirulina that blue-green color. Phycocyanin is the power behind Spirulina’s amazing free-radical fighting properties, lowering one's overall risk for chronic disease.

4. Helps Rid of Heavy Metals:

  • Spirulina is known to bind to heavy metals in the body and flush them out of the system. Chlorophyll is the active ingredient in Spirulina that helps remove toxins from the bloodstream.

5. Extreme Immune Boost:

  • Spirulina is rich with beta-carotene and phycocyanins, which are plant pigments that act as very efficient boosts to the immune system. The phycocyanin helps explicitly fight the damage to cells that would have otherwise caused disease in the body.

How to consume: There are several ways to consume Spirulina, but my personal preference is capsule. Some refer to the taste of Spirulina as ‘nutty’ and love to sprinkle it over a salad. I think it tastes incredibly fishy, and the flavor isn’t what I am seeking. So I prefer to take capsules, purely to avoid the taste. But if the taste doesn’t bother you, Spirulina can be mixed in a smoothie, juice or a glass of water. Your method of consumption is purely based on personal preference! One single tablespoon (roughly 7 grams) of Spirulina powder contains: Calories: 20 Protein: 4 grams Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 11% of the USDA’s recommended daily allowance Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 15% of the RDA Vitamin B3 (niacin): 4% of the RDA Copper: 21% of the RDA Iron: 11% of the RDA Also containing significant amounts of calcium Brands I have used (and loved) that aren't ridicuously expensive:

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