Where do I begin? Spirulina is amazing. When I decided to switch to a plant-based diet I was concerned about the amount of nutrients, vitamins and protein I might not get (Silly, I know). I looked into Spirulina and found an abundance of information.
Deliciously Ella, Giddy YoYo and Organic Burst all have great information on Spirulina. The benefits to taking it include (but are so not limited to) liver and pancreas cleansing properties, anti-inflammatory properties, delivers antioxidents, lowers cholesterol, regulates blood sugar and improves complexion and hair luster.
Spirulina is a complete protein, containing 18 amino acids (including 8 essential ones that our body can’t make on it’s own), essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which can make the skin soft and hair shiny as well as help fight inflammation. It is rich in Vitamin A, E, K, B1, B2, B6, magnesium and zinc.
Besides being a complete protein source the other reason I got excited about Spirulina was for the iron boost it provides. I suffer from Anemina and have always had extremely low levels, under 10 (the average woman should have an iron level of 25-30). The information on GiddyYoYo’s website states ‘studies have shown that eating spirulina on a regular basis may help alleviate anemia, increase hemoglobin, improve blood quality, and increase red blood cell formation.’ I haven’t taken a blood test to see if my iron and hemoglobin levels have truly increased, but since I’ve felt the increase in energy and wellbeing I’m thinking that statement is true.
The only other thing I found was to be careful with the brand of Spirulina you purchase. Like anything there’s a knock off and the real thing. Ensure you get your Spirulina from a healthy, natural environment free of toxins and try to buy it organically.
Leave a comment if you try Spriulina or if you are currently taking Spirulina what brand? and what health benefits have you noticed?
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