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What is Spirulina and its Health Benefits?

Posted Apr 03 2010 5:25pm

Spirulina and its health benefits are plentiful. These blue – green algae are thought of as a nutrient dense food more than a nutritional supplement.  The plant rich nutrients and can be beneficial in many healthy ways both nutritional and cleansing and detoxification of the body. Scientific studies suggest benefits for the heart, brain and many other areas of the body.

what is spirulina and its health benefits

What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a single cell plant from the blue-green algae species.  The plant has significant nutritional content which includes peptides, nucleic acids, antioxidants and polysaccharides.  This plant also has minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, manganese and essential fatty acids. It is made up of about 70% protein, vitamin C, vitamin E, B complex, beta carotene and chlorophyll.

What are the Health Benefits of Spirulina?

There have been studies that have uncovered many health benefits of Spirulina.  The most common of these include:

  • Effective for controlling symptoms of ulcerative colitis
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Helpful in lowering allergic symptoms such as that of hay fever
  • Assists in reversing the signs of aging
  • Reduces cholesterol levels and lowers blood pressure
  • Helpful in weight loss
  • Protects the liver from toxic buildup
  • Inhibition of infectious qualities of diseases such as measles, mumps and flu
  • Contains cancer fighting ingredients
  • Helpful in supporting and balancing the pH level of the body

Spirulina has been effective for people who are attempting to get more protein in their diets due to the very high protein it contains.  It is easily digested and the protein is quickly absorbed so you do not lose protein as you would through digesting protein rich foods.  It is helpful for people who have difficulty adding weight or who are malnourished and for those who have vigorous workout schedules and routines.

Spirulina and its Health Benefits – Cleansing and Detoxification

Chlorophyll in Spirulina helps to eliminate waste from your body; it cleanses the kidneys, blood and your liver.  Some diets such as the Atkins diet and the South Beach Diet which are low carbohydrate diets can make the liver and kidneys work extra hard to try to eliminate ketones, the cleansing effect of Spirulina can help to reduce this burden.

Spirulina, because of the cleansing effect can give you added benefits of protection against air and water pollution, environmental toxins and other contaminants that you come into contact with each day.

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