Spirulina is a powerful superfood and it is something that I use regularly for my health. In this article, I will discuss its many benefits, and how you can use it to significantly improve your health.
Spirulina grows naturally in mineral-rich alkaline lakes which can be found on every continent, often near volcanoes. The largest concentrations of spirulina today can be found at Lake Texcoco in Mexico, around Lake Chad in Central Africa and along the Great Rift Valley in east Africa..(Source https://www.auroville.org/)
The purest spirulina typically comes out Hawaii today. In fact, it’s not really just an algae. It’s also known as a cyanobacteria. So, in many respects, it’s a probiotic. A lot of people don’t realize this aspect of spirulina, but it is a probiotic, and that is great for your digestive system. Spirulina can actually increase the growth of other probiotics and improves the microbes in your gut.
Spirulina is known as being one of the top super foods in the world and that is because has a really uniquely dense nutrition profile. It is loaded with chlorophyll, which helps alkalize your body.
It’s also loaded with B vitamins, vitamin K, and also minerals like zinc and magnesium. So again, it’s really incredible if you look at that nutritional profile. Also it’s one of your highest plant-based sources of protein.
So if you’re vegan or a vegetarian, it’s a great way to get more quality protein in your diet because it has a great amino acid profile. Now, let’s talk about the benefits.
First, spirulina has been shown to help detoxify your body of heavy metals.
In fact, a recent study found that it detoxifies your body of the heavy metal arsenic. By the way, of all the heavy metals, we probably get more arsenic in our diet than any other heavy metal. The reason being is pesticides today, especially foods that are sprayed with pesticides in China, have loads of arsenic in them.
Spirulina helps detoxify your body of that. Now, if you have too much arsenic in your system, it causes liver failure. It’s been linked to kidney degeneration. Also it’s been linked to neurological issues like dementia and a number of other brain and neurological health issues.
So again, detoxifying your body is critical. Spirulina is medically proven to detoxify your body of arsenic. Another medical study out of the journal Chemosphere actually found that spirulina protects your body against radiation poisoning.
We have all heard of Fukushima and some of the others radiation polluted areas. We are constantly exposed to radiation from microwaves to cell phones to things in our food supply on a regular basis. Spirulina has been shown to protect your body against radiation poisoning and help detoxify your body from it.
Accessing adequate protein is much more challenging for those living in poverty in developing countries. Spirulina is well recognized as a health supplement and more importantly, it may helps combat malnutrition in developing countries. A number of studies have looked at the effects of spirulina supplementation in malnourished populations and in developing countries with high poverty rates.
Source of Omega Fatty Acid
Spirulina is second only to human breast milk in its gamma linolenic acid content (GLA). A standard 10 gram dose of spirulina contains 131mg of GLA – this comes from the omega 6 “parent” and is metabolised differently to other omega 6’s. Omega 6 is often demonised because our modern Western diet is rife with omega 6 and deficient in omega 3, but it is the imbalance which sets in motion the inflammatory process implicated in most killer diseases of aging. GLA is powerfully anti-inflammatory and converts into beneficial prostaglandins which have a profound reduction on the impact of inflammation in cardiovascular disease, lung function, autoimmune conditions and metabolic abnormalities. In spirulina, because the omega 6 is already pre-converted to GLA, there is no competition for the enzymatic pathway leaving it open for any omega 3 you may be consuming at the same time.(source https://www.indigo-herbs.co.uk/)
Also, spirulina has been shown to help fight cancer, the big reason is because of its detoxification benefits. Also it can help increase the antioxidant in your body called glutathione, which is critical for your health. Spirulina is known to contain antioxidants, which help prevent our cells from damage caused by free radicals. This damage can cause long-term inflammation which may lead to conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure, among others including dementia.There’s hardly anything out there, a health condition, that spirulina doesn’t help with.
Boost Energy Levels
This is also something I recommend to patients for boosting their energy levels. If you’re a person that sort of gets tired during the day, waking up first thing in the morning, do a green drink with spirulina, and then around the time in the afternoon, a lot of people hit that 2:00 or 3:00 coma, they start to get fatigued, spirulina is great for combating that.
If you want to detoxify your body of heavy metals, if you want to detox yourself of radiation, if you want to boost your energy levels, fight cancer, and get one of the most complete superfoods that has protein, vitamins and minerals, and is loaded with antioxidants and chlorophyll, then make the consumption of spirulina a part of your regular health regime.