Spirulina

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One of the top supplements I like recommending are green food supplements. Green food supplements fall under the whole food supplement category. Klamath Blue Green Algae, Chorella, Spirulina, Wheatgrass and Barley grass all belong to this group.

This post is about the benefits of Spirulina. Spirulina is considered a Superfood and is highly recommended as Nature’s protein powder. It is very beneficial for those on a raw food or vegan diet.

It contains the most powerful combination of nutrients ever known in any grain, herb or food.

  • World’s highest beta carotene food reduces long term health risks.
    Spirulina beta carotene is ten times more concentrated than carrots. So even if you don’t eat the recommended 4 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day (most people eat only 1-2, including french fries), get your natural beta carotene insurance from spirulina to help support your body’s defenses.
  • 60% easy-to-digest vegetable protein without the fat and cholesterol of meat.
    People are eating less meat and dairy protein because they want to lower fat, cholesterol, and chemicals in their diet. Spirulina is the highest protein food with all the essential amino acids and has only a few calories to keep your waistline where you want it.
  • A rare essential fatty acid is a key to health.
    Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in mother’s milk helps develop healthy babies. Studies show nutritional deficiencies can block GLA production in your body, so a good dietary source of GLA can be important. Spirulina is the only other whole food with GLA.
  • Iron for women and children’s health.
    Iron is essential to build a strong system, yet is the most common mineral deficiency. Spirulina is rich in iron, magnesium and trace minerals, and is easier to absorb than iron supplements.
  • Unusual phytonutrients for health and cleansing.
    Scientists are discovering the benefits of polysaccharides, sulfolipids & glycolipids, and the rainbow of natural pigments that give spirulina a deep green color. Green (chlorophyll), blue (phycocyanin) and orange (carotenoids) colors collect the sun’s energy and power growth. Chlorophyll is a natural cleanser and is often referred to as nature’s green magic.

Spirulina is a water-grown, 100% vegetable plankton. It is a blue-green algae that grows in fresh water lakes throughout the world. The ancient Aztecs thrived on Spirulina from Lake Texcoco in Mexico. For the people who live around the lake in Chad, Africa, Spirulina has been a mainstay in their diet for generations. Nowadays Spirulina is grown in large vats for commercial use.

 

It comes in powder and tablet form. I personally prefer the powder form although I am not too fond of its taste but love its benefits.  Clients usually prefer it in tablet form.

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4 Comments »

  1. Thanks for this information!

    I have often wondered whether or not I need to be taking this. I purchased some tablets in the past, but got out of the habit of using them in my daily supplement regimen. Also, I occasionally drink the Perfect Food powder from Garden of Life.

    As a vegetarian (taking a vegan challenge next month!) I’ll be sure to add them back into the mix of what I take on a regular basis.

    As a wellness coach, I’m always looking for good, solid, easily-understandable information to pass along to my clients. Your post on this subject as done just that!

    Thanks 🙂

  2. Genie Sea said

    Very useful information as usual Fatma! You rock the nutrients 🙂

  3. sweeteeth said

    Thanks for the information. Though it is good to know more what I am taking. I had issue with the taste of Spirulina before as well. Few month ago I bought a couple bottles of Natuare Complete Spirulina from Waitrose. They were doing free sample tasting so I tried and was quite amazed by the taste – very mild and didn’t taste unpleasant at all. I was told by the staff that Spirulina tastes differently is depending on its purity, quality and how/where they grow. Thanks to Waitrose, I now can enjoy Spirulina without hating its taste. I do love waitrose, quality foods and good service 🙂

  4. Dianne said

    I’ve recently been using both spirulina and chlorella powders as part of a healthier diet, and have to say it was tough to get past the taste.

    However, after much experimenting, I’ve come up with a blender shake that I actually look forward to. The recipe follows:

    1 cup filtered water
    1 TBS. lime juice
    4 large frozen strawberries
    1 large apple, washed, cored and quartered with skin left on
    1/2 navel orange, washed and hard tops trimmed off but peel left on
    1 TBS. ground flax
    1 TBS. Splenda (I know there are mixed feelings on this, but I don’t overuse it)
    1 TBS. spirulina powder
    1 TBS. chlorella powder
    Place frozen strawberries in blender and use “crush ice” feature. Add water, lime juice and fruits and blend well. Add remaining ingredients and use puree feature. Makes 1 tall glass.

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