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Spirulina. What is it? 10 Health Benefits

 

We all know that the way we eat can have a major impact on the way we feel. Eating junk/ processed food will make us feel sluggish and tired but eating healthy and nutrient dense meals will make us feel good and full of energy.

Well, superfoods take it to the next level, they are jam-packed with nutrients and can provide our bodies a bunch of vitamins and minerals to thrive and feel great. Today we want to talk about SPIRULINA.

This blue-green algae is considered one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Its color can be scary, but a gram of spirulina is higher in protein than a gram of red meat. It also provides lots of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Spirulina is often found in powder form and it’s easy to get your hands on. We recommend to use it in smoothies to increase the nutritional content plus it has a very strong and bitter taste so it’s yummier when mixed with fruits like bananas or mangoes. If you are not a big fan of smoothies you can also use it as a dietary supplement since it’s also sold in tablets.

1. Helps Prevent Cancer

According to more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles and Maryland Medical Center University, spirulina increases production of antibodies, infection-fighting proteins and help ward off infection and chronic illnesses such as cancer.

2. Detoxes Heavy Metals (especially Arsenic)

Chronic arsenic toxicity is a problem that is affecting people all worldwide.

Millions of people all over the world are consuming high concentrations of arsenic through drinking water, thousands of them have already developed chronic arsenic poisoning.

So if you are looking for superfoods for your heavy metal detox spirulina is one of them.

3. Eliminates candida

Without a healthy microflora balance in our body, we are much more susceptible to sickness and disease.

Since nowadays human diets rely on sugar, unnatural ingredients and we take more antimicrobial resistance and ineffective antifungal drugs, yeast infections have seen a significant rise since the 80’s.

But no worries, spirulina is here to help. Several studies have shown that spirulina is a nice antimicrobial agent that promotes healthy bacteria growth in our intestines, which in turn inhibits candida for thriving.

4. Lowers blood pressure and Chance of Stroke

Japanese researchers claim that consuming blue-green algae reverses endothelial dysfunction in metabolic syndrome. Which, in America has become one of the main causes of preventable disease today. It increases the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

This was the result of a clinical trial was conducted on animals that were still eating a HCD, and it highlights that regular spirulina consumption can literally reverse the damage done by eating a poor diet. You can only imagine the heart health benefits that would be experienced by those individuals who have a balanced diet!

5. Improves HIV/AIDS

People in Japan, Korea, and Chad have relatively low HIV/AIDS rates. In 2012 scientists revealed that it could be because of the amount of algae that they consume.

 

6. Reduces Cholesterol

A recent study published in The Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology fed rabbits with a high cholesterol diet (containing 0.5 % cholesterol for 4 weeks. Then divided the rabbits into 2 groups and fed them a high cholesterol diet, the first group with 1 percent spirulina and the second with 5 percent spirulina for eight more weeks.

Once those eight weeks finished the LDL (Light Density Lipoprotein

Aka bad cholesterol) levels decreased by 26 percent in the first group (1% spirulina) and 41 percent in the second group (5% spirulina) plus serum triglycerides and total cholesterol were also significantly reduced.

This suggests that not only spirulina helps to lower LDL levels but the more we eat, the more benefits we receive.

7. Boosts Energy

Looking at the chemical composition of spirulina, it’s obvious why people who regularly consume it have an abundance of energy.

8. Speeds Up Weight Loss

Nutrient-dense diets and protein-rich foods like spirulina promote weight loss and low-fat stores through a variety of mechanisms.That is because it takes more energy to metabolize, for example, eating protein helps to keep lean muscle and contributes to fat burning.

To magnify this benefit we recommend you to ingest your high-protein spirulina in the first half of your day.

9. Alleviates Sinus Issues

Spirulina has also potent anti-inflammatory benefits, that’s why it can be helpful for people with allergic rhinitis.

A study that compared spirulina to placebo trials, they realized that spirulina was way more effective when it comes to reducing itching, nasal discharge, nasal congestion, and sneezing.

10. Offers Neuroprotection for Brain Disorders & Memory Boosting

In a couple of studies (2012 and 2015) they realized that a spirulina-enhanced diet can provide neuroprotection in α-synuclein and also help prevent memory loss by minimizing Aβ protein accumulation and reducing oxidative damage.

Although both studies are preliminary and involving animals, they assume it’ll help humans afflicted with Parkinson’s disease, other neurodegenerative diseases and those with memory problems.

This is it for today’s blog post! We hope you found this interesting because we love superfoods and there will be more posts coming.

Let us know in the coments down below if you’ve ever triend spirulina, if you liked it or if you are now planing on trying it!

See you soon.

 

 

 

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