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Health Benefits of Spirulina

By on May 25, 2011

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Spirulina is a blue-green coloured micro- algae that grows in warm, alkaline waters around the world. Spirulina produces 20 times more protein than soya beans. It is 65-71% complete protein compared to beef’s 22%. (This is further proof that a vegetarian diet can provide you with adequate amounts of protein).

 

Spirulina contains:

 

  • All 8 essential amino acids
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B12 (important for vegetarians)
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium
  • Calcium
  • Chlorophyll

 

Health benefits of Spirulina:

  • Stabilise blood sugar levels and stops food cravings between meals
  • Helps to lower cholesterol
  • Supports the immune system
  • Helps the body to absorb minerals
  • Strengthens the nervous system
  • Supports weight loss
  • Improves recovery after exercise

Spirulina is usually available as a tablet or powder. You can mix the powder with water, juice or milk to make a refreshing smoothie. You can take this in between meals or after a work-out to help your body recover. As spirulina is an alkaline food, it is a very important supplement for people who consume acidic foods such as coffee, alcohol, dairy foods,sugar and meat. A diet high in acidic foods is related to arthritis and stomach ulcers.

Spirulina appears to be an ideal natural supplement to neutralise the body by balancing the pH. This supplement also improves the absorption of essential minerals, as well as prevent illnesses such as heartburn, arthritis, kidney stones and diabetes.