Our lives are a collection of experiences. Some days are fulfilling while others are difficult…
Everyone wants to be healthy, right? No wonder, there are many online ‘doctors’ with tips on how to eat and live healthily.
We have all read on portion control, avoiding carbs at night, different workouts for varying body types, how to blend this and that, but here is an interesting one, Spirulina!
Spirulina (better known as blue-green algae) is a cyanobacterium that can be consumed by human beings, animals, and aquatic life.
It is considered a powerhouse superfood as it contains many key nutrients and antioxidants with a wide range of health benefits.
Here are a few.
High Nutrient Levels
Spirulina may be the single most nutrient-dense food on earth. It is rich in:
It also contains thiamine, riboflavin, folate, and vitamin C, A, B-6, and K. It is not a surprise that many people add spirulina to their diets to ensure that they stay well-nourished.
Helps to Combat Baldness and Thinning Hair
Spirulina is made up of 70% protein and since that is what our natural hair is made up of, it helps to reverse the effects of thinning and balding.
Protein from spirulina makes your hair stronger, shinier, thicker, and helps in the overall health of your hair.
Helps in Weight Loss
Spirulina is a low calorie and highly nutritious food that will help you lose weight without undermining nutrition.
Because of its many nutrients, it helps you eat less food and consequently, lose weight while still remaining healthy.
People who try to lose weight by eating less food often find themselves compromising their health.
By adding spirulina to your daily routine, you will lose weight without suffering from malnutrition.
Reduce Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis
For those allergic to dust, dog hair, and pollen, exposure to such allergens causes nasal inflammation.
Studies show that spirulina helps to reduce symptoms related to allergies like nasal congestion and sneezing. No need for OTC (Over the Counter) medicine when you can go natural.
Lowers Bad Cholesterol
Different factors contribute to high cholesterol including unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, smoking, etc. High levels of cholesterol have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease.
Studies have shown that spirulina will significantly reduce total cholesterol and lower LDL (‘bad cholesterol’) while increasing HDL (‘good cholesterol’).
This can be achieved by ingesting spirulina every day. However, it is advised that you consume it consistently for a period of 3 months before any change can be seen.
It Helps Fight Inflammation
Spirulina is rich in Phycocyanin which is responsible for its blue-green color. Phycocyanin is an antioxidant that prevents oxidative damage and reduces inflammation that may lead to diseases like stroke, diabetes, cancer, and asthma.
Reduce Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can lead to heart diseases like stroke and heart attacks. Just as spirulina lowers cholesterol, studies show that it also aids in reducing blood pressure.
Spirulina helps in the production of nitric oxide that relaxes the arteries, which in return lowers blood pressure by increasing the amount of blood pumped in one motion.
Prevents Heart Disease
Spirulina reduces the risk of high cholesterol and high blood pressure. This will automatically have a ripple effect and help in preventing heart diseases as those are the two main causes.
Helps the Body Eliminate Toxins & Heavy Metals
From our biology classes, we know that our body has its own detoxification system, and it doesn’t hurt to boost that process.
Spirulina has been shown to detoxify the body of heavy metals like arsenic which is ingested by most people through food.
Spirulina’s alkaline nature boosts the liver function; an organ that is essential in the detoxification system. It also contains chlorophyll that helps remove heavy metals and other toxins from the blood.
Spirulina is available in capsules, tablets, juices, powder and has been incorporated in certain foods and beverages such as smoothies while some use it as a salad topping.
Generally, spirulina does not smell like roses and doesn’t taste great. So, to help in the daily consumption for those taking it in its natural form, you can add in some lemon juice to a teaspoon of spirulina powder and mix in a glass of water.
Take a shot of this mixture every day for better results. Or better yet, use the powder to make a green smoothie.
Despite its many benefits, a few adverse effects have been associated with spirulina consumption. It may cause nausea, insomnia, headaches, allergic reactions, and muscle pain.
While it is a non-toxic algae, it is best to consume spirulina products that maintain purity and nutritional composition.
If you are pregnant or nursing, have any medical condition, or allergies to seafood, seek medical advice before taking spirulina.
Dosage and preparation depend on various factors like age, medical history, and gender, so it is advised to seek further help from a healthcare provider. With that said, let’s go blue-green and start eating smart!