Is Spirulina a Next Superfood?
- Published on Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:10
7 amazing Facts about Spirulilna
High in protein
Spirulina contains 55-70% of protein. It’s a complete protein source with all of the essential amino acids and contains the highest concentration of protein by weight of any food studied to date.
High in Omega-3 fatty acids
Spirulina contains Omega 3, 6 and 9-fatty acids, but it’s especially high in Omega-3s –necessary for our body to function properly. They help to boost heart health, lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides as well as raise good cholesterol in addition to playing an important role in reducing inflammation.
Full of anti-oxidants
Spirulina imparts an extremely large array of antioxidants including vitamin E, beta-carotene, chlorophyll, zeaxanthin, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and phycocyanin. All of these antioxidants work together to rid our body of toxins and damage due to free radicals – the basis for premature aging and most diseases.
Due to the chlorophyll contained in spirulina, as well as the presence of iron and phycocyanin, spirulina works as a blood builder by helping your body to build red blood cells as well as carrying oxygen to every cell. It offers support to those who are suffering more a number of ailments, including healing hypoglycemia, diabetes, chronic fatigue, anemia and more in addition to giving the immune system a big boost.
High in calcium
For those that have trouble digesting milk and for people who are vegan, spirulina is an excellent source of calcium. It has 26 times more calcium then milk!
Protecting the brain and improving mental functioning
Fighting against free radicals has also been shown to reduce the risk of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and even dementia. The presence of essential amino acids in spirulina, such as tryptophan and leucine, have been shown to balance brain chemistry by providing the building blocks needed for healthy neurotransmitter functioning.
With many people’s diets heavy in acidic foods like animal proteins and grains, this powerfully alkalizing food can serve to counter balance an acidic body pH. As the human body and immune system thrives in an overall alkaline environment, it serves to improve overall health and well-being.