Spirulina is an alga (cyanobacteria), often available in powder. It is an incredible source of protein, antioxidants, B-vitamins, and iron. Its composition consists largely of essential amino acids, thus, it is commonly recommended to vegetarians and vegans who may have difficulty sourcing these nutrients in their diets
The iron in Spirulina is very bioavailable, which makes it particularly beneficial. Plus, it’s super versatile! Use it topically, add it to your smoothies, or use it as a rectal implant. (I know, the last one sounds like a bit much but I bet your colon and all the wonderful good bacteria in there will love it!)
7 Reasons Why Spirulina is One of our Favourite Superfoods!
Weight Reduction: Oils rich in GLA (Gamma-Linolenic Acid) tend to be the most effective for weight reduction. The best source of GLA, aside from human milk, is Spirulina.
5% Protein! And very high in Omega-3 fatty acids which more and more people seem to be deficient in. It is important to maintain a balance between Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids.
Very High in Chlorophyll: Boosts the immune system and works as an antioxidant. Can help to control body odour, hunger, and cravings. Chlorophyll also relieves systemic inflammation.
Bio-available Iron: This iron source, unlike that which most women are recommended, is not synthesized in lab! And will not cause constipation! Get your energy levels up and kiss anemia goodbye with a balanced diet and regular consumption of Spirulina.
Calcium Content: Contains more Calcium than milk.
(100-mg/3.5oz Edible Portions: Calcium in Miligrams)
Prevent Genetic Damage: As a rich and complete source of organic minerals. Refined sugar, which is increasingly common in modern diets, greatly depletes the mineral condition of the body. As well, it is rich in nucleic acids DNA and RNA. Nucleic acids contain the blueprint for cellular renewal and have been shown to initiate aging reversal.
Rich in Tryptophan: Tryptophan is a precursor to the sleep hormone Melatonin. Many of us are familiar with Melatonin as the supplement commonly used to treat sleep apnea, insomnia, and various other sleep disorders. The only downside associated with using a hormone supplement is that is the tendency for the body to become dependent on the synthetic hormone, thus, it stops producing said hormone. Eating foods rich in Tryptophan is a viable solution to this problem. Tryptophan is used by the body to produce serotonin, which is then used to produce melatonin.
Be careful to start with a minimal dosage and increase gradually, tailoring your intake to your needs. An ideal dosage should increase energy and result in fewer cravings. Digestive upset or a mild frontal headache may occur temporarily but indicates beneficial healing occurring; however this should be monitored because the dosage may be too high. The more severe your health issues, the smaller the initial dosage.
Spirulina is one of the most nutritionally rich superfoods in existence and offers benefits to nearly every part of the human body, including the skin.
Our Spirulina recipes, complete with other skin health supporting nutrients, assist in restoring and maintaining a more youthful glow and radiance.
Try this very simple facemask and let us know if it works for you! There are many other ways you can mix up a Spirulina facemask but this one is incredibly simple 🙂
SPIRULINA FACE MASK
- 1 Banana
- 1 tsp Spirulina
Mash up a ripe banana so it’s a smooth paste. Mix in 1 teaspoon Spirulina powder. Apply to a clean face. Leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes as you relax and then rinse off with warm water and finish off with a cold rinse.
- Mash up a ripe banana so it’s a smooth paste.
- Mix in 1 teaspoon Spirulina powder.
- Apply to a clean face.
- Leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes as you relax and then rinse off with warm water and finish off with a cold rinse.
SIMPLE SPIRULINA DRINK
- 500mL Coconut Water
- 1 Tbsp Spirulina
- 1 Tbsp Cacao
- 5 Drops of Organic Stevia
- Simply throw all ingredients into the blender and drink!
- You can choose how much sweetener you prefer (I usually use 3 drops) but you may want to start with more because Spirulina, similarly to many other blue-green algae, has a very distinct taste.
- And, as previously mentioned, be sure to ease into Spirulina use! Start with a teaspoon and work your way up gradually. Enjoy!
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