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Superfood Spotlight: The Benefits of Spirulina

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Looking at ancestral diets from around the world, it seems that the simplest (and cheapest) diets led to the highest levels of health and longevity. While it’d be nice to think that we can achieve optimal health simply by eating basic fruits and vegetables, the truth is that we live in the modern world where we are subjected to an unrelenting onslaught of man-made toxins, pollution, and irritants that our ancestors didn’t have to deal with. While our toxic exposure is more severe, we have the benefit of having access to any food from around the world we choose to consume, including specific superfoods (on top of an already healthy nutrition regimen) that can give our bodies an extra boost to combat the harmful elements of our environment and even thrive like never before. This will be the first in a series to highlight the benefits of including certain “superfoods” in your daily routine.

Spirulina… nature’s most powerful multivitamin

Algae is more than just “fish food.” In fact, certain types of algae are some of the most nutrient-packed foods on the planet. One of the most accessible and powerful of these superfood algaes is spirulina. Why does this algae have such a fancy name? Look at spirulina under a microscope and you’ll see why…it looks like little spirals!

Here are four of the many reasons why spirulina is such an amazing food:

  1. Spirulina is 60% protein, making it one of the most superior protein sources on earth.
  1. It is the best source (next to mother’s milk) of Omega 3 fatty acids DHA, and EPA – if you’re a vegan or vegetarian who doesn’t eat fish, this is the best source of these essential fatty acids you can find. It’s also high in a beneficial omega 6 fatty acid called GLA. These lipids are extremely important for brain health and for combating inflammation.
  1. It’s a rich source of vitamins including B (unfortunately not B12), C, D, E, and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, and zinc.
  1. Spirulina has highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world! It’s an excellent prebiotic… the good bacteria in your gut love it as a source of fuel.

And on top of all that, it’s only 1 calorie per serving!

These are some benefits you may experience after including spirulina in your regimen:

  • Increased physical energy and mental focus
  • The overall nutrient density can replace the need for taking lots of other supplements
  • Improved heart and brain health
  • Normalized blood pressure
  • Elimination of anemia
  • Normalized blood cholesterol levels
  • Reduced cancer risk

While these are some amazing benefits, here’s the downside… spirulina doesn’t taste all that good! So what can you do to sneak it in to your diet? Drink a superfood greens blend that includes spirulina in it! Once you start including spirulina into your daily regimen, you’ll soon realize why it’s regarded as one of the most powerful foods on earth!

One Comment

  1. Marta

    This is an EXCELLENT article! Incredible informative!
    I knew it was powerful but did not know it’s the best source of DHA and EPA, next to mother’s milk!

    July 13, 2016
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