Before we start talking about some of the amazing benefits of spirulina, lets take a moment and briefly discuss what exactly it is.
“Spirulina is considered one of nature’s most perfect foods because it performs such a broad spectrum of activities in the body.” – Barbara L. Minton
It is basically a fresh water blue-green micro-algae very similar to other sea vegetables, except it’s a lot more digestible and contains much greater nutrient bio-availability than most sea vegetables. It is definitely a super health food, but just like wheatgrass, it’s often overlooked.
Spirulina Health Benefits
Spirulina contains important Phytopigments called Phycocyanin which helps to support healthy brain and heart function as well as a strong immune system. Phycocyanin is also the reason why it has a bluish tint color.
Here, are the main benefits of spirulina:
- Healthy cardiovascular function
- Healthy cholesterol
- Healthy digestion
- Anti-aging antioxidants
- Natural body cleansing/detoxification
- Higher levels of energy
- Quick bursts of energy (from the glycogen) right after consumption
- Contains more alpha, beta and gamma carotene than carrots
- Contains chlorophyll which helps to protect against toxic heavy metals
- Contains lycopene which is known to lower the risk of certain cancers
Interesting Facts About Spirulina
Did you know that spirulina is actually the choice of food by NASA for astronauts in space? I guess it’s not a big surprise, given the vast number of health benefits associated with it. Did you also know that if you weren’t able to consume any other food for whatever reason, it’s actually quite possible to survive off just spirulina alone?
Another interesting fact about spirulina is it’s 65-70% bio-available protein and 95% of which is digestible! If you don’t know how significant this is, beef is only about 20%. Although it is very high in protein, it’s rarely sought after for its protein content. Most individuals that consume spirulina do it for the incredibly wide array of health benefits.
Spirulina is typically grown in very alkaline waters and is also regarded as a highly alkalizing food. However, it’s important to keep in mind that not all spirulina are created equal, and the quality will vary greatly depending certain factors. These factors include how it’s grown, how it’s processed, and whether it’s free from pesticides and heavy metals.
You want to make sure that the spirulina you’re purchasing is organic. Buying only organic will insure that you’re not consuming any high levels of mercury or other heavy metals often found in sea vegetables. Another big benefit of going organic is you can rest easy knowing that it’s not grown with any potentially dangerous and synthetic chemicals.
Although this superfood is rich in vitamins (especially vitamin B12), minerals, antioxidants, amino acids and carotenoids, it’s important to pay attention to how it’s processed. You’ll want to find one that is processed in low heat as opposed to high heat so that the nutrient content is preserved and intact.
Lastly, it’s up to your own discretion, but we recommend you find pure spirulina that doesn’t contain high quantities of filler agents. Our personal favorite is Pure Hawaiian Organic Spirulina by Nutrex.