Spirulina gets mixed reviews: the health nuts love it, the skeptical find some fault with it. But since more and more scientific research is favoring the algae, they will likely grow silent on the issue in years to come.
Nutrients in spirulina
- Protein, including 18 amino acids.
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin K
- The B complex vitamins, perhaps even including B12, but that is hotly debated among nutrition experts
- Phytonutrients, including chlorophyll and ten kinds of carotenoids
Health benefits of spirulina
- Like any other superfood, the antioxidants in the algae protect cells from free radical damage, in turn decreasing cancer risk.
- The phytonutrients help to regulate body metabolism.
- The iron and other trace minerals – readily absorbed in the form in which they occur in spirulina – help support health in many of the body’s functions and systems, including blood and bone health.
- Because of its rich beta carotene content, it promotes eye health.
- This algae also contains the essential fatty acid GLA, which, among other things, alleviates PMS symptoms.
- Increases energy levels.
Knowing all this, do you think spirulina would be a worthy supplement to your diet? Definitely yes, especially if it is used in conjunction with other superfoods that provide a variety of nutrients and health benefits.
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