Spirulina is a type of algae that is blueish-green in color. It is considered a superfood and has been consumed for centuries due to its high nutritional value and health benefits.
Spirulina contains about 60% protein. It is a complete protein containing all essential amino acids. Protein in spirulina is four times more absorbable than protein in beef.
Spirulina is particularly rich in essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6).
Spirulina icontains high levels of Chlorophyll, one of nature’s most powerful detoxifiying agents.
Spirulina contain iron, it’s bio-available, meaning the mineral is easily absorbed by the body and unlike iron supplements, spirulina doesn’t cause constipation.
Spirulina also contains vitamins B-1(thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3(nicotinamide), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is also a source of potassium,
calcium, chromium, copper, iron,magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc.
According to Dr.Mercola spirulina has been shown to encourage and support the growth of healthy bacterial flora in your gut, which can help keep candida overgrowth under control.
Dried spirulina contains 120 mg calcium per 100 g serving almost as much calcium as milk.
Thiamine in spirulina contributes to the normal function of the heart.
When choosing Spirulina, make sure to choose one that is organic, since spirulina is known to absorb heavy metals and toxins.
Spirulina comes in capsules, tablets, powders and flakes. The recommended daily dose is typically betweeen 2 to 6 grams. (1 teaspoon spirulina powder=2 grams, 1 tablespoon spirulina=6 grams). You can spread the dose out to twice or three times a day if you like. Like any supplement, it is best to start with a small dose, see if you have any side effects than work your way up.
You should not take spirulina if you have a severe seafood or iodine allergy. And it is always a good idea to consult your healthcare provider before taking any supplements.