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Health Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina can help you lose fatWhat is it?
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and antioxidants. It has been recently cultivated for the host of health benefits it provides and can be found either as an herbal supplement in pill form or in raw freeze-dried form. Adding spirulina to your diet regimen can help you with any number of health problems such as boosting your immune system, as an antihistamine to protect against allergic reactions, or even to protect against certain precancerous lesions in the mouth. 

What nutritional benefits can spirulina provide?
It isn’t rare to have never heard of spirulina. Encountering this super nutritious blue-green algae can certainly be considered an uncommon experience, however, the range of health benefits spirulina can provide are numerous. From just one cup of raw, dried spirulina (about 112g) is rich in vitamins E, K, and B6. Spirulina can also provide greater than 70% the daily recommended values for thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin.

Apart from being rich in these essential and nonessential vitamins, spirulina also contains large amounts of beneficial minerals. One serving yields about 50% the daily value for minerals sodium, potassium, and magnesium as well as the full daily recommended value of iron (177%), copper (342%) and manganese (107%)

With there being so many nutrients packed into spirulina, it’s not wonder that this superfood has a variety of beneficial effects on the human body. The antioxidant vitamins found in spirulina has been linked to immune system strength and can help prevent certain types of cancers from forming. Lab studies suggest, but have not proven, that eating spirulina had a drastic effect on the formation of precancerous legions in the mouths of those who chew tobacco.

Spirulina has also been used for improving memory, increasing energy and metabolism, lowering cholesterol, preventing heart disease, healing wounds, and improving digestion and bowel health, although there is no or insufficient evidence that proves spirulina can help with any of these problems.

Warnings / Side effects
Spirulina is an algae that is found naturally in water with very high salt-content so, naturally, spirulina itself is very high in sodium. Furthermore, raw spirulina harvested by natural means can also be high contaminants found in the ocean or in other saltwater sources. To this end, it is much better (and safer) to get spirulina that has been grown under very strict and controlled settings. This way you can be sure that your spirulina is free of pollutants and chemicals. Spirulina in pill form (as an herbal supplement) is also safer than raw or freeze-dried spirulina. You can find spirulina at any whole foods retailer or online, and spirulina supplements at any herbal supplement retailer or through the internet, as well.

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