The Many Health Benefits of Spirulina

If you’re trying to eat healthier, and you’ve been doing research on what kinds of foods you should be adding to your diet, the term spirulina may have come up more than once by now.

When I first started hearing about spirulina, I have to admit that I wanted to know if it was as much fun to eat as it was to say (I sometimes have the mind of a kid still, in all honesty). Anyway, I have good news to share – spirulina is amazingly good for you, and there’s a great post I found by the folks at Authority Nutrition who do a really great job explaining why this is the case.

When it comes right down to it, spirulina is absolutely loaded with nutrients that serve to greatly enhance the health of your brain and body in many different and important ways. But first, what exactly is spirulina? It is an organism, more specifically an algae, that is found in water, both fresh and salt water to be exact. It comes in either a powder or tablet form, and has even been proposed by NASA to be grown in space for astronaut consumption.

In just one tablespoon of spirulina, you will receive four grams of protein, 21% of the recommended daily amount (RDA) of copper, 11% RDA of iron (great for us ladies when we’re on our periods), and decent amounts of vitamin B1, B2, and B3 to boot (respectively known as Thiamin, Riboflavin, and Niacin). By the way, this same amount of spirulina, which also provide small amounts of manganese, magnesium, and potassium, only contains twenty calories. Weight loss advocated can rejoice at this for sure.

Do you need even more reasons to be convinced to try spirulina? Well, its protein content in on par with the amount found in eggs, not to mention it is packed with both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Since spirulina is a natural antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, it can protect you from free radicals and even some cancers, including oral cancer. Not to mention that spirulina can lower your cholesterol levels and your blood pressure, therefore reducing your risk of developing heart disease, heart attack, stroke, or obesity. All of these reasons and more make spirulina a natural fighter against anemia and muscle weakness, which is why it is so often added to protein shakes and green smoothies. 

 

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