Are you looking for more protein in your diet and want to add some vitamins to maintain your health and keep the weight off?
Well, have you tried Spirulina, which many nutritionists call the most nutrient dense food on the planet?
Spirulina is a beneficial algae that is gram for gram one of the most nutritious foods around. It has some great health-boosting qualities.
And FYI, Spirulina is not the same as Chlorella, but they do share some similarities.
When drinking Spirulina, I recommend adding it to a smoothie, though, because it doesn’t taste the greatest mixed with juice or water. I also recommend using it 3 to 4 times a week.
1 Tablespoon Equals
- 4 grams of protein – and only 20 calories
- 11% of the RDA of vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
- 15% of the RDA of vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
- 4% of the RDA of vitamin B3 (Niacin)
- 21% of the RDA Copper
- 11% of the RDA Iron
Other Healthy Benefits
Spirulina is a great source of other nutrients, too.
- B-6 (Pyridoxine)
- B-9 (Folic acid)
- vitamin C
- vitamin D
- vitamin A
- vitamin E
- Sodium (natural forms)
After I do a hair analysis for someone, I find that most people typically need to restore many of these essential nutrients (above). Using Spirulina is a great way to do this, especially if you are vegan.
More About Spirulina
- One of the few foods with natural GLA, the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, which helps with anti-inflammatory issues.
- Studies show that Spirulina is helpful in balancing blood sugar, and may even be as effective as diabetes medication in some cases. Studies also show that it not only lowers blood sugar, but can also lower HbA1c, a long term marker of blood sugar levels.
- A powerful antioxidant.
- Spirulina may be helpful for those with allergies.
- Removes heavy metals by binding to the metals.
- Increases fat burning during exercise by increasing endurance and protecting from muscle damage.
Take Some Caution
It’s funny how people will use aspartame or the other diet sweeteners, and consume food chemicals that have been proven to be harmful to good health, yet they seem more cautious when using a nutritional supplement.
That said, it is always best to be cautious when introducing new food regimens and new supplements, especially if you have special circumstances or health weaknesses.
You might want to monitor taking Spirulina if you are PKU because it contains the amino acid phenylalanine; albeit, it is a natural form of the amino acid, unlike the manufactured form of phenylalanine found in aspartame.
If you start using Spirulina, check with your doctor if you are taking anti-coagulation medicine, and if you are pregnant or nursing, you might want to stop using Spirulina at this time. Remember, Spirulina is a powerful protein source, gram to gram, and your body might be sensitive to the amino acid content.
Personally, I love Spirulina’s health benefits, and feel that it is a wonderful addition to a health and wellness program, especially if you are detoxing or need to consume more protein.
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