You’re a health conscious person. You drink plenty of water, you know all about herbal infusions like rooibos tea and you have incorporated coconut oil and apple cider vinegar in your diet for health benefits. But, have you taken the spirulina plunge yet? You are already doing great with your health, and by adding the nutrient packed spirulina into your diet you can supercharge your health today.
Just to recap before we take the spirulina plunge, ACV can help with a veritable host of health conditions. It is most proven to have a positive effect on diabetes by normalizing glucose levels. Others claim it can do everything from curing hiccups to easing cold symptoms. Still more claim it can fight cancer, assist with cholesterol and weight management and improve heart health.
So now that we’re refreshed on how something simple can improve your health so much, let’s move deeper into the world of natural, nutrient rich health boosters.
What Is Spirulina And What Are The Benefits Of Eating It?
Spirulina is an algae that is cultivated worldwide as a nutritious whole food. It is beneficial in part because it is so rich with many nutrients.
Spirulina is dense with beta carotene and contains as many as ten carotenoids that work within the body to enhance antioxidant production. This may be useful in fighting cancer. Beta carotene is well known for having a positive impact on vision and eye health. It is also rich in iron which is something much of the population is deficient in.
Spirulina is also very high in vitamin B-12, while there is some debate about how easily absorbable it is. It is likewise rich in vitamin A, B complex, D and K, manganese, zinc, copper, selenium, and chromium.
If that weren’t enough, Spirulina is packed with gamma-linolenic acid or GLA that is found in breast milk and beneficial to many of the body’s systems. Spirulina can assist the body in absorption of other nutrients in part by helping to balance and repopulate the digestive tract with beneficial bacteria like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. Today’s modern diet is extremely problematic for the GI tract and most people in the developed world are in need of some balance to this area. While promoting good gut bacteria, Spirulina also reduces the ability for bad bacteria such as e-coli and Candida to survive.
How To Take Spirulina?
It is clear by now that spirulina is a simple addition to your diet that can improve your health in a major way. It is available in capsule, tablet, or powder form. Ingestion of pills and capsules are obvious but taking the powder form is just as easy. Spirulina powder can be mixed with juice, water or fruit to make a smoothie. It has a mild seaweed taste but in the right mixture it is undetectable.
Please remember to consult your physician about any changes to your diet and do not take the information in this article as a substitute for medical advice.