Ever wanted to try algae? Spirulina is a form of cyanobacteria or blue-green algae that is touted as the most easy-to-digest form of vegetarian protein. The powder or flakes has amounts of protein comparable to meat, eggs, or milk, more than ordinary vegetable protein, although it is more expensive. However, you don’t need much of it — most nutritionists recommend just a teaspoon in 8 ounces of water, a smoothie, or in tablets. Spirulina is organic, vegan, and packed with phytonutrients like beta-carotene, essential amino acids, minerals, and chlorophyll.
Here’s a breakdown of all the holistic health benefits of spirulina to consider:
Boosts the immune system, healthy brain function, and a healthy heart!The antioxidants, vitamin B6, iron, and thiamine in organic spirulina help boost immune system health and vitality in addition to healthy brain function and cognition and normal heart function. Studies suggest spirulina increases the production of antibodies and red blood cells, promotes a healthy response to allergens, and may help reverse age-related declines in memory and learning. It also helps maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, protects the thyroid, and supports intestinal health by increasing the growth of probiotics.
Easily digestible, helps keep you full.Not only is it four times more absorbable than beef, spirulina promotes the feeling of fullness and prevents overeating, making it a natural weight management aid. Spirulina is also rich in protein and 18 amino acids, giving it a high protein efficiency ratio.
Nature’s multivitamin. Spirulina naturally has high concentrations of other key vitamins such as vitamin E, iodine, carotenoids, manganese, zinc, and essential fatty acids like gamma-linolenic acid, which is only otherwise found in breastmilk, more beta-carotene than carrots, and is one of the few plant sources of vitamin B12, good for healthy nerves and tissues. Even more amazing? Spirulina retains all of these nutrients when exposed to high temperatures or when processed into powders, flakes, or tablets!
The native people of Africa, Asia, and Mexico have used spirulina as a major source of protein for centuries, as it is found in warm, alkaline lakes and inland bodies of water. Today, believers in a holistic lifestyle have found its benefits outweigh what some describe as a “pond scum” taste. Why not try a teaspoon in a green smoothie or organic orange juice, or even make some spirulina almond butter cups or crunchy spirulina crackers? You can order flakes, powder, and tablets from reputable organic stores online. Superfoods like spirulina can change your life for the better. SaJune offers a Superfood Nutritional Replacement program which educates you to be the master of your own health by making the best possible food choices available. Schedule an appointment with us today!