SPIRULINA POWDER AND TABLETS
- An ancient life-sustaining superfood
- A great way to avoid any nutritional deficiency
- Famous as an anti-aging superfood
- Promotes overall condition of the hair and skin
- Great for athletes who want to stay in great shape naturally
- Declared by the World Health Organization and NASA as the Best Food for the Future
If there is one superfood that we feel most strongly about, it would have to be spirulina. It has been around for billions of years since before there were humans, supporting various life forms.
It offers a densely-packed and complete nutrition profile – meaning it has everything required to sustain all bodily functions. For this same reason, spirulina (especially the one in tablet form) makes a perfect food in times of emergency. The only other thing you’d need is water.
If you keep on reading about the following benefits, you will discover that not only is Spirulina good for overall sustenance, it’s also great for promoting physical performance and aesthetics.
For muscles and bones
Spirulina is a good source of Vitamin B12, protein, and essential minerals that strengthen bone and muscles. This makes Spirulina especially beneficial to athletes and persons looking to increase bone density.
Spirulina contains tocopherol, selenium, tyrosine, and vitamin E, all of which are reputed for their anti-aging properties. Antioxidants eliminate the free radicals that are responsible for skin aging.
You can try making a mud mask using spirulina but this has a tendency to leave the skin dry, which may only make it ideal for people with oily skin. Enjoying this benefit is still easier and more sustainable through the regular intake as food.
Vitamin E vs Estrogen
Estrogen increases inflammatory response to infection. Although estrogen is important for sexual development in women, it increases the risk of breast cancer. In men, excess estrogen can lead to gynecomastia.
Because of its high bioavailability of Vitamin E, Spirulina has anti-estrogenic effects. In fact, Spirulina contains 24-30 times more Vitamin E than any other fruit or vegetable. Vitamin E is beneficial because it fights the inflammatory effects that estrogen possesses. Vitamin E also helps lessen joint and muscle pains caused by enzymes while aiding your liver detox.
Promotes hair growth and helps reduce acne
One of the more commonly known benefits of spirulina is that it promotes the growth of strong hair as well as alleviates conditions that are bad for the hair
Spirulina contains essential fatty acids, amino acids, beta-carotene, and vitamin A, all of which are essential for healthy hair.
One way spirulina is good for the hair which also makes it good for the elimination of acne is that it reduces the production of excess sebum (oil secretion). Improvements in both skin and hair are usually evident within a period of 4 weeks of daily intake of spirulina.
Strengthens the immune system
As a common benefit among foods that are rich in chlorophyll, spirulina has been shown to decrease rates of anemia by boosting hemoglobin (the red blood cells that carry oxygen through your blood) and increase immune cells, which helps defend against illness.
Chlorophyll vs Cancer
Chlorophyll is what makes plants green. It enriches the blood and promotes cell regeneration by increasing the presence of oxygen in the body. Research has shown that cancer cells cannot survive in an environment that is alkaline (the opposite of acidic) and rich in oxygen. Spirulina, through its extremely high chlorophyll content, promotes both properties.
Improved digestion and the gut-brain connection
Spirulina helps improve the function of the digestive system by increasing healthy gut bacteria which also contributes to a strong immune system, heart health, and it may help prevent some cancers and autoimmune diseases.
On the other hand, bad bacteria are what makes us sick.
Taking antibiotics, as it is sometimes necessary, reduces the overall bacteria (both good and bad) in the gut – and in worse cases help in the development of drug-resistant strains of bad bacteria. Supplementation to restore healthy gut bacteria is an essential part of any recovery regimen.
Recent studies indicate that there is a strong connection between our gut and mental health, the way we feel and act – supporting the adage, “you are what you eat”. This is an important consideration given that the effectiveness and quality of life is entirely dependent on brain function.
Lowers LDL and Triglyceride Levels
This is one of the hallmark benefits of Spirulina since heart disease remains to be the world’s leading cause of death. Although many factors are linked to increased risk of heart disease, high LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides are among the top.
In a number of studies, even small intake (less than 5 grams) of spirulina have a positive impact of lowering both LDL and triglycerides, while raising HDL (good cholesterol). Even more favorable results are obtained in other studies with higher intakes per day (4-8 grams).
Getting and staying sharp
Studies indicate that spirulina may be good for the overall brain development of children while preventing memory dysfunction and oxidative stress damage among the elderly.