A lot has been going on in the space of health, fitness and nutrition. One word that splashes across very often is ‘Superfood’….so what are Superfoods? Foods that that are rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health.
Spirulina is one such Superfood. It is a blue-green algae, that grows in both fresh and salt water and is believed to be one of the oldest life forms on Earth. It was first used by the Aztecs as an endurance-booster, it was also dried by river banks by Aztecs and used to make cakes and sold.
Spirulina is considered a Superfood as it is an all-in-one source of nutrients including protein levels comparable to eggs. The high protein and vitamin content, makes Spirulina an excellent dietary supplement for people on vegetarian or vegan diets.
We all know that protein helps keep our muscles functional, makes sure we stay lean, and fuels our metabolic rates, as well as provides heart and hair health. A single ounce of spirulina powder contains about 16 grams of protein.
Spirulina is an antioxidant, making sure the body gets what it needs to protect itself from diseases, and even common viral flu and cold. Antioxidants are also important for anti-aging effects.
Research has found 5 grams of spirulina to have 180 percent more calcium than whole milk. So dairy-haters can rejoice!
Spirulina also contains beta-carotene, found in carrots, and the high iron content, along with traces of vitamin B-complex, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and essential fatty acid linolenic acid
Many doctors and clinical nutritionists now recommend spirulina as a supplement to their clients. Spirulina’s concentrated nutrition makes it an ideal food supplement for people of all ages and lifestyles, fussy eaters, patients undergoing recovery and specially those who do not manage to eat adequate amount of vegetables.
Spirulina a boon for those looking to keep building immunity, keeping allergic reactions to a minimum, improve their eyesight and reduce the effects of age-related eye disease, and keep nasty infections at bay. Some medical studies suggest it is also helpful in repair of liver damage. It can help keep energy levels at a high, so is a super supplement for those with active lifestyles.
Pregnant and lactating women and people suffering from any illness, allergies to seafood or seaweed or hyperparathyroidism must consult their physician, before including spirulina as a supplement.