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Spirulina

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Spirulina is an algae powder consumed for centuries due to its nutritional value and health benefits. It grows naturally in oceans and salty lakes like Lake Texcoco (Mexico) or Lake Chad (Africa).

When harvested correctly from non-contaminated ponds and bodies of water, it is one of the most potent nutrient sources available. Spirulina grows in microscopic spirals that tend to stick together making it easy to harvest.

It contains high concentration of iron and protein and it makes it ideal for pregnant lady, after surgery or to boost the immune system.

A tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina powder contains:

  • Protein:4 grams.
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin):11% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin):15% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin):4% of the RDA.
  • Copper:21% of the RDA.
  • Iron:11% of the RDA.
  • It also contains amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese, and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that we need.

This is coming with only 20Β calories, and 1.7 grams of digestibleΒ carbohydrate. Spirulina is also one of the few foods with a natural GLA content.

Health benefits:

  • Spirulina may be helpful in balancing blood sugar
  • It is a potent anti-inflammatory because contains antioxidants
  • May help those with allergies – it reduces inflammation that leads to nasal congestion and other issues
  • It helps remove heavy metals
  • Spirulina increases fat burning during exercises and decreased muscle damage from exercise

Choose organic Spirulina or without any additives. It taste like pond water, so be prepare for that.

Cautions

Consult with a doctor before taking it especially if you have PKU, you have an autoimmune disease, you take any anti-coagulation medicine, you are pregnant or nursing, etc.

 

 

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26 thoughts on “Spirulina”

  1. Good that you include the caution at the end! I once added it to a smoothie and spent several hours on the toilet afterwards. Wow never again … (I have several auto-immune diseases)

  2. I LOVE Spirulina! I even like how it tastes straight off the spoon πŸ˜ƒ
    I ate it every day when I was pregnant, & had a very healthy 10 pound baby boy at home on the back verandah πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ˜ƒ

  3. This information are great! πŸ™‚ Myself, I am using spirulina a lot and many years. When I was pregnant, I had problems with skin a bit, due to hormonal changes. And my Chinese doctor recommended me spirulina as a facial mask, just the smell is not that nice! πŸ™‚ But it helped a lot πŸ™‚ However, consult with a doctor.

  4. would you believe it!… algae is the bane of my life in the orchard. It forms a soup in the water tank and clogs the irrigation system. however, it seems to be something special as a bio-fuel, and now as you interestingly point out as a super-nutrient food!

  5. I’m going to try it. It contains a lot of great vitamins and minerals and blood sugar is an issue for me.

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