“Superfood” is a bit of a buzz term of the last few years. You’re not alone if you’re wondering what all the fuss is about – and wondering which of these superfoods is the best for you to take. One superfood that has attracted a lot of attention is Spirulina. Grown naturally in oceans and salty lakes, Spirulina is actually a type of blue-green algae and happens to be one of the most powerful superfoods you can take.
Made up of a host of vitamins and minerals including magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, phosphorus and a complete group of vitamin B, Spirulina is a “no-strings-attached” superfood. To make it even better, it contains about 60% protein, is rich in antioxidants and is the only source of antioxidant, phycocyanin.
Take a look at these 5 ways Spirulina can benefit you:
Spirulina to improve the health of eyes
Studies have shown that increasing your intake of Beta-carotene, a type of Vitamin A can help improve eyesight. Spirulina actually contains more Vitamin A than carrots gram per gram (in fact, it’s currently the richest known natural source of Beta-Carotene) which is a vital ingredient in improving the health of your eyes.
In addition to this, Spirulina contains Zeaxanthin, a flavonoid which helps protects the eyes from UV damage, and assists in preventing free radical damage to the retina and lens of the eye.
Spirulina to reduce inflammation and promote cell growth
Spirulina is the currently known number one source of Gamma Linolenic (GLA). Our bodies convert GLA into various components to assist in reducing inflammation and promoting cell growth. In this way, Spirulina is highly beneficial for people living with rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue and diabetic nerve pain. It has also been known to assist with patients living with depression. Of course, it’s anti-inflammatory capabilities also make it a perfect addition to the diet of any athlete or fitness fanatic.
Spirulina to cleanse and detoxify
Spirulina contains a high concentration of chlorophyll which has been proven to eradicate bed breath and body odors, encourage healing and act as a potent detoxifying agent. Many cancer patients also take Spirulina due to its high levels of chlorophyll which bind radioactive isotopes, helping reduce negative side effects caused by radioactive therapy.
Some studies have also shown that chlorophyll can help aid weight loss and weight management through suppressing hunger. While this has not yet been scientifically proven, adding Spirulina to your meal plan might just help realise your weight loss goals faster.
Spirulina to alleviate allergies
While not yet 100% proven, a number of scientific studies have been undertaken to study the effects of spirulina on allergies. These studies have shown spirulina may help reduce allergic rhinitis – an inflammation of the nasal airways caused from an allergic immune system response.
Spirulina for protein intake
Spirulina contains about 60% protein, and has more protein than meat, fish, poultry and soybeans (gram per gram) making it a fantastic nutritional addition to your diet.
Add Spirulina to your meal plan today!
As you can see, Spirulina really is a super superfood! The best part is that there are so many ways you can add this to your diet (which don’t involve diving into salt water to find the precious algae!). Purewellness stocks Spirulina for online sale with delivery Australia-wide. As well as tablet and powder forms, we also include spirulina in many of our health and wellness products including our popular Brekky Protein, Greens Balance Alkalising Blend and Protein Plus Greens.
If you like tablet-form supplements, check out Organic Spirulina. This supplement is 100% natural and you can get it online for just $19.95 here>
For those that prefer mixing powders into your shakes, juices, water or even sprinkling over breakfast cereal, take a look at Pure Spirulina Powder. Again, 100% natural, this will give you all the benefits of Spirulina in an easy-to-use powder form. Get more details here>