Superfood Series: The Science of Spirulina

Over the last several years, Spirulina has come to the forefront of health food trends, but this microalga has been utilized for many centuries due to its superior nutritional and health benefits. This well-researched blue-green algae grows in naturally mineral-rich alkaline lakes and has been highly regarded for its superfood properties. Lucky for you, we have included even more Spirulina in Ultimate Living’s new and improved Green Miracle than ever before.

 

Scientists believe that one of the pigments found in Spirulina, phycocyanin, helps in lowering blood pressure. They also believe it has the ability to reduce cholesterol. In a study published by The Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, LDL levels in rabbits decreased by 26% when their diet consisted of 1% Spirulina. With the Standard American Diet (SAD) that is high in sugar and cholesterol, and lacking in essential nutrients, Spirulina seems to have come on the scene at just the right time!

 

Spirulina also has high antioxidant levels. We all know the importance of including antioxidant-rich foods in our diets, because of their ability to fight oxidative damage caused by free radicals. When you’re incorporating antioxidants into your daily routine, you’re warding off the possibility of inflammation and harm to your cells.

 

Something many of us may not think about is heavy metal contamination. These and other environmental toxins can appear in some foods without us even knowing it. The good news is that Spirulina can help your body detoxify from these contaminants and boost your immune system, especially when combined with zinc. You can read a scientific study on this here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16615668

 

Oftentimes, we are not taking in the nutrients our bodies deserve and need to thrive. We get busy, forget, or get lazy, and our bodies suffer. With a daily dose of Spirulina, you can get back on track with these vital nutrients: Vitamins B1, B2, and B3, copper, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and smaller amounts of many other nutrients. It also contains essential amino acids and is a good source of plant-based protein!

 

With a sufficient dose of nutrients, Spirulina may also help to boost your energy. This is especially helpful when you wake up feeling groggy on a Monday or when your energy level is waning mid-afternoon. It is a great 3 p.m. pick me up to get you through the rest of the day!

 

In addition to being high in the previously mentioned nutrients, Spirulina also contains Omega 3s and gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA. Spirulina is actually one of the few foods we normally eat that contains naturally occurring GLA, which may help reduce inflammation in the body. GLA’s are also good for combatting certain skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis, and scientists believe they can help to combat diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, and other diseases or conditions.

 

Normally, we consider bacteria to be a bad thing. However, there are many forms of good bacteria that are beneficial to gut health and proper digestion. Spirulina can help stimulate the growth of good “pro-biotic” bacteria and control candida and other types of “bad bacteria”.

 

For some people, every season is allergy season. Irritants like pollen, dust mites, and others can cause many unwanted and bothersome symptoms. There are studies that suggest Spirulina helps reduce the inevitable symptoms that accompany allergies like allergic rhinitis, nasal congestion, and more.

 

There are many Internet sources that make other claims regarding the benefits of Spirulina. While some of them may be true, there are a good amount that remain untested. It’s always a good idea to consult your physician before adding a new supplement to your diet. With all of the researched benefits of this superfood, Spirulina is pretty hard to beat!

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18343939

https://www.well-beingsecrets.com/spirulina-benefits/