How familiar are you with spirulina? It is a blue-green algae and considered to be a supergreen. As well it might! Spirulina has an absolute abundance of health benefits. It’s mineral and nutrient profile is very impressive, containing notable quantities of protein, iron, zinc, magnesium, omega-3 and omega-6.
It is also known to have anti-carcinogenic properties on account of the high antioxidant presence.
Like many other supergreens spirulina is also a wonderful source of chlorophyll. There is an estimated 10 times more chlorophyll in spirulina than in green vegetables per volume. Why do we need chlorophyll? Well, it acts as a blood cleanser, assisting in the formation of haemoglobin as well as red blood cells. Chlorophyll also helps digestion, removes toxins and helps the body to absorb minerals such as calcium.
Protein and amino acids! Great news for all you fitness enthusiasts! 65% of spirulina is compiled of protein and amino acids.
Did you know that spirulina contains more calcium than milk? As well as that it contains more beta-carotene per volume than carrots. The beta-carotene (a form of vitamin A) content combined with the anti-oxidant profile of spirulina means that it works wonders in terms of maintaining healthy and gorgeous skin.
Cataract and macular degeneration prevention are another benefit of the beta-carotene content. Xanthophyll is also present in spirulina which has a similarly beneficial effect as beta-carotene on eye health.
Like other supergreens spirulina can also play a part in lowering bad LDL cholesterol.
Spirulina seems to have antimicrobial properties which means it plays a part in warding off bacterial and viral infections. Furthermore it is known to have antifungal properties, making it a powerful tool for candida sufferers.
Spirulina has also been speculated to play a part in easing certain allergy symptoms such as watering eye, runny nose, sneezing, hives and congestion since it can play a part in supressing the release of histamines.
Well they are but a few of the super powers spirulina possesses. We stock spirulina in both powdered and tablet form. Mix the powder in with your favourite juices or smoothies or sprinkle some over your food. How do you take your spirulina?
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