Have you heard of the super food Spirulina? Spirulina is a natural “algae” powder that is incredibly high in protein and a good source of antioxidants, B-vitamins, essential amino acids and other nutrients. It is one of the most potent nutrient sources available when harvested correctly. The high concentration of protein and iron also makes it ideal anytime the immune system needs a boost.
10 Benefits of Spirulina
1. Extremely High in Many Nutrients
A single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried Spirulina powder contains:
(RDA - recommended daily amount)
Protein: 4 grams.
Vitamin B1: 11% of the RDA.
Vitamin B2: 15% of the RDA.
Vitamin B3: 4% of the RDA.
Copper: 21% of the RDA.
Iron: 11% of the RDA.
It also contains magnesium, potassium, manganese, and almost every other nutrient the body needs. A standard daily dose of spirulina is 1-3 grams, but doses of up to 10 grams per day have been used effectively.
2. Powerful Antioxidant
Spirulina is a great source of antioxidants, which can protect against oxidative damage.
3. May Lower LDL and Triglyceride Levels
Studies have shown that Spirulina can lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, and sometimes may raise HDL (the “good”) cholesterol.
4. Protects LDL Cholesterol From Becoming Oxidized
Fatty areas in the body can become oxidized, which drives the progression of many diseases. The antioxidants in Spirulina can help prevent this from happening.
5. May Have Oral Anti-Cancer Properties
One study looked at the effects of Spirulina on 87 people from India with precancerous lesions called OSMF in the mouth. After using 1 gram of Spirulina per day for 1 year, 45% of the Spirulina group had a complete regression of lesions in the mouth, compared to only 7% in the control group.
6. May Reduce Blood Pressure
In one study, a higher dose of Spirulina has been shown to lead to lower blood pressure levels. High blood pressure is a risk factor for many diseases.
7. Reduces Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis is inflammation in the nasal airways. A study has shown that consuming 2 grams of Spirulina per day can dramatically reduce symptoms like nasal discharge, sneezing, nasal congestion and itching.
8. May be Effective Against Anemia
Spirulina supplementation has been known to increase the hemoglobin content of red blood cells and improve immune functions.
9. Improvement in Muscle Strength and Endurance
Spirulina supplementation has been used to enhance endurance, and study have shown that it can increase muscle strength.
10. May Help Blood Sugar Control
Some case studies have shown the consumption of Spirulina to outperform prescription drugs for blood sugar control. It is always best to check with a medical professional before considering replacing your medication with a natural supplement.
Spirulina can be widely purchased, but you want to make sure you are getting it in a pure form. Total Life Changes offers a product called Techui. It is 100% pure Spirulina powder, 500 mg per serving. Click here to check it out.
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