Spirulina is an organism that grows in both fresh and salt water. It is a type of bacteria called cyanobacterium, which is often referred to as blue-green algae.
Spirulina was consumed by the Aztecs back in the day, but became popular again when NASA proposed that it could be grown in space and used by astronauts
Spirulina possesses diverse biological activities and nutritional value due to high concentration of natural nutrients and different bio-modulatory and immuno-modulatory functions. Spirulina may literally be the single most nutritious food on the planet.
The quality of the protein in spirulina is considered excellent, comparable to eggs. It contains all the essential amino acids that we need.
Spirulina has a regulatory role on lipid and carbohydrate metabolism by exhibiting glucose and lipid profile.
Spirulina preparations are capable to inhibit carcinogenesis due to anti-oxidant properties that help to protect tissues and reduce toxicity of kidney, liver and testes.
In addition, Spirulina consumption appears to promote the growth of intestinal micro flora.
- Has Powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Studies show that it may reduce blood pressure.
- Protects LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidized.
- Improves symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
- May be effective against anemia.
- Muscle strength and endurance may improve.
- May help with blood sugar control.
You can add a small spoonful of spirulina powder into a glass of water or juice and drink it straight, or you can add some to a smoothie. Try stirring it into a naturally sweet orange or pineapple juice.