Meet Spirulina: the best superfood around
I know this is a big claim. But hear me out. Spirulina is a natural “algae” and a nutrient rich substance beaming with health promoting properties. It is incredibly high in protein and a good source of iron, antioxidants, B-vitamins and essential amino acids.
The high concentration of protein and iron makes it ideal during pregnancy or when the immune system needs a boost.
Benefits of Spirulina
1. The most nutrient dense food on the planet
No kidding! That’s due to its concentration of protein and vitamins, compared to other foods gram for gram.
It contains (per tablespoon):
- 20 Calories
- 4gr Protein
- 11% RDA of Iron
- 11% RDA of Vitamin B1
- 15% RDA of Vitamin B2
- 4% RDA of Vitamin B3
- 21% RDA of Copper
2. Helps balance blood sugar level
Spirulina may be especially helpful in balancing blood sugar. Studies show that it not only lowers blood sugar, but may also lower HbA1c, which is a long term remedy.
3. Full of powerful antioxidants
Antioxidants are powerful substances that protect our cells from damage. The best antioxidants come from natural sources and spirulina is a great choice. It contains a unique antioxidant, phycocyanin, which is a potent anti-inflammatory substance.
4. Helps you deal with allergies
Spirulina may also be helpful for those of suffering from allergies and allergic reactions, such as nasal congestion, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
5. Helps you build muscle
Spirulina is known to increase fat burning during exercise and its high antioxidant content helps in reducing muscle fatigue and inability to gain muscle.
When choosing Spirulina, which often comes in power form, it’s best to choose an organic product. It can be quite pricey but lasts at least a couple of months and as you can see the benefits are well worth it.
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