I’m always amazed at how many things are out there that I had no idea about before. One of the “superfoods” I’ve come to appreciate is Spirulina. I hadn’t heard of this magic powder until about a year ago when I heard how great it is for our systems.
I’ve been adding a little bit (1/2 teaspoon) to my morning smoothies and you can’t notice the taste. Be careful though, it’s quite powerful if you add to much and doesn’t taste all that great… it’s just a nice little addition to make sure you get all the benefits from it. You should be able to get it at any good health food store and possibly online (I’m not sure if some are better than others, we got ours at the local heath food store – we had to actually ask for it since they had a bag out back).
A few points that I find hit home most for me are:
Spirulina is the richest beta carotene food, with a full spectrum of ten mixed carotenoids.
And the following paragraphs really get me excited about Spirulina.
The Disease Fighter
As well as beta carotene, Spirulina contains other nutrients such as iron, manganese, zinc, copper, selenium, and chromium. These nutrients help fight free radicals, cell-damaging molecules absorbed by the body through pollution, poor diet, injury, or stress. By removing free radicals, the nutrients help the immune system fight cancer and cellular degeneration. In some findings, spirulina has helped reduce oral cancer tumors in laboratory rats, and may thus provide a big medical breakthrough in cancer treatment.
Spirulina’s ability to reduce the bad cholesterol LDL in the body helps prevent the onset of cardiovascular diseases, such as hardening of the arteries and strokes. It also helps lower blood pressure. While not clinically proven, spirulina may also protect against allergic reactions and liver infection.
Research confirms Spirulina promotes digestion and bowel function. It suppresses bad bacteria like e-coli and Candida yeast and stimulates beneficial flora like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. Healthy flora is the foundation of good health and it increases absorption of nutrients from the foods we eat, and helps protect against infection. Spirulina builds healthy lactobacillus, aiding assimilation and elimination and relieving constipation.
In 1994, a Russian Patent was awarded for spirulina as a medical food to reduce allergic reactions from radiation sickness. 270 Children of Chernobyl consuming 5 grams a day for 45 days (donated by Earthrise Farms), lowered radionucleides by 50%, and normalized allergic sensitivities. Today we are subject to an onslaught of toxic chemicals in our air, water, food and drugs. Our bodies need to continually eliminate these accumulated toxins. Spirulina has a completely unique combination of phytonutrients – including chlorophyll, phycocyanin and polysaccharides, that can help cleanse our bodies.
Is there anyone else that uses Spirulina in their daily lives? Please share any thoughts you might have in the comments below, thanks!
Lots of love,