Spirulina may well be the oldest food source on the planet. Its powerful blend of complete vegetable protein, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids make it one of the world’s most complete and perfect foods.
So, what exactly is Spirulina? It is a natural algae that is incredibly high in protein and a good source of antioxidants, B-vitamins and other nutrients. It is one of the most potent nutrient sources available. Once used long ago by the Aztecs, this super food provides an amazing source of nutritional value as well as detoxification and a major shot of immunity.
Here are 5 reasons you should be adding Spirulina to your diet!
1. Detoxifier Of Toxins and Heavy Metals
Toxins are at an all time high in our everyday life. From the lead in our water, to the mercury in our in our dental fillings and even the aluminum in our deodorant.
Spirulina is a unique and powerful detoxifier, to help rid your body of the unhealthy toxins. When taken, Spirulina will flow into your digestive track and quickly bind to heavy metals and even radioactive isotopes to assist in their removal. Think of it as one big digestive sweep of toxins out of your system.
One of the main antioxidants in Spirulina is Chlorophyll which also helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system. But that’s not all Spirulina also contains these Antioxidents:
• Beta-carotene (and other carotenoids)
• Superoxide dismutast (SOD)
2) Protein Punch!
Spirulina has the highest concentration of protein of any known food. It’s 65 -71 percent protein. While beef contains only 22 percent protein.
Nutritionist state that the adult male should consume approximately 56 grams of protein a day, while women should ingest around 46 grams of protein a day. The average person typically gets their protein intake from food such as; beef, pork, ham, lamb, veal, game meats, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, legumes, soy products, dairy products, nuts and seeds. Spirulina has almost no cholesterol and is less than 4 calories per gram. And for Vegans, this is a great option to ensure more protein in their diets.
3. More Calcium Than A Glass of Milk
Spirulina is also incredibly high in calcium with over 26 times the calcium in milk, making it an excellent source for bone protecting power!
4) Immune System BOOST!
Spirulina has long been revered for its ability to strengthen the immune system because it actively promotes cell regeneration. Spirulina is very rich in vitamins containing vitamins B-1(thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin),
B-3(nicotinamide), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is also a source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc. Spirulina contains many pigments which may be beneficial and bioavailable.
A single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina powder contains (2):
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 11% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 15% of the RDA
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 4% of the RDA
- Copper: 21% of the RDA
- Iron: 11% of the RDA
5) Anti-cancer protection
Spirulina is the richest beta carotene food, with a full spectrum of ten mixed carotenoids. About half are orange carotenes: alpha, beta and gamma and half are yellow xanthophylls. They work synergistically at different sites in our body to enhance antioxidant protection. Twenty years of research proves eating beta carotene rich fruits and vegetables gives us real anti-cancer protection. Synthetic beta carotene has not always shown these benefits. Natural is better assimilated and contains the key 9-cis isomer, lacking in synthetic. As suspected, natural carotenoids in algae and vegetables have the most antioxidant and anti-cancer power!
So get out there and get your Algae-On!
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