Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Super Spirulina to the rescue!

One of the oldest forms known on this earth is Spirulina and it doesn't go without cause that it has stuck around.  It is a blue-green algae that is jam packed full of nutrients. It is often called the "original superfood." It is around 70% protein which is more than other protein sources like chicken and soybeans and is also complete with all 8 essential amino acids and 10 other non-essential aminos. It will increase your health, vitality and energy.

WHO SHOULD TAKE SPIRULINA? Everyone! They say it is especially useful for people who have low energy levels, people who are overweight, people who exercise, people who eat a lot of animal protein, people who take prescription meds, people with poor digestion, and people who eat processed foods.  I think just about all of us have fit into at least one of these categories from time to time.

WHAT DOES IT CONTAIN? It contains protein, vitamin B12, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, iron, nucleic acids RNA & DNA, chlorophyll and phycocyanin, omegas, beta carotene, all the other B vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin K, vitamin E, calcium, chromium, copper, iodine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc, phytonutrients and carotenoids. Just to name a few! ;)

It boosts your immunity. It activates all your necessary cells and macrophages to attack invading organisms. By doing so it will help with many viruses and keep them from making copies of themselves, such as HIV, AIDS, herpes, measles mumps, influenza and others. It also helps cleanse your body and helps heal wounds quickly. It is great for people who need an extra boost of immunity like pregnant women and people who are going in for surgery.

It will fight hard for you. As well as fighting the things mentioned above, with its array of excellent nutrients it will help protect and fight many other things. So to name a few....
Omegas- helps protect and fight against heart disease, osteoporosis, bad cholesterol, diabetes, depression, and arthritis.
B12- helps with nerve damage and and related diseases like fibromyalgia. It promotes metabolism of all your cells and the development of  healthy nerve tissue.
Beta Carotene- protects and is essential for your eyes, skin, teeth, bones, mucous membranes and inmunity. To get more specific it helps acne, improves age spots, eczema and rashes. It will help improve glaucoma, poor vision, and cataracts.
Antioxidants/Phytonutrients/Carotenoids- these will detoxify your liver and kidneys and protect your brain. It will also fight aging and free radicals. Helps to fight and prevent cancer.

It will balance your pH.  You all know I love the word balance especially when it comes to our bodies. By balancing your pH it will help with inflammation, which is said to be the root of many diseases. Spirulina will help aid in balancing inflamed immune systems as well which is the cause of autoimmune diseases.

It will help with weight control. Spirulina is an appetite suppressant.  Taking it daily will help with getting in your daily nutritional needs without taking in too many calories.  It is so nutrient dense and so low in calories it almost seems impossible (500mg tablet is only 2 calories). Due to its easy digestible protein it helps with lean muscle building and is also known to help with stamina and burning more fat when paired with exercise. Testing has shown that there is a definite advantage for people taking it over people who aren't when it comes to their weight loss program and exercise routine.

Other benefits...  It works as a histamine blocker and helps with allergies, improves digestion and gastrointestinal health, creates beneficial flora that also helps digestive tract, helps you fight germs and viruses by producing more red and white blood cells, oxygenates the blood, cleans your blood with chlorophyl, helps control the growth of pathogenic bacteria and yeasts with its microbial effects, protects against harmful radiation....... I could seriously go on and on! And I sincerely apologize about the disorganization of this post!  There is so much it can do it has made it so hard to categorize it.  Just as a quick summary though...... Remember, it is the most nutrient rich food known to man and will greatly help your quality of life and help maximize longevity!

 WHERE DO I FIND IT AND HOW DO I TAKE IT?  Spirulina can be found at health food stores, online, and even some grocery stores.  It comes in powder, pill, and liquid form.  Which form you choose to take just depends on your preference.  It has a pretty nasty taste so many people who use the liquid or powder form will try and mask the flavor by adding it to green shakes, or add it to other foods.  If you can't handle the taste you can always take the pills, however you have to take alot of them to get the recommended dose.  The suggested dosing for Spirulina is said to be anywhere between 1-60 grams a day.  I have also read that a prevention dose (if you are fighting something off) is 20 grams a day, a maintenance does is 10 grams, and if you are an extreme athlete you can even take up to 60 grams a day.  So clearly opinions on dosing vary.  I suggest you start out slow and work your way up to whatever you feel is best for you.  Also, it is always best to check with a health professional to make sure you won't have any interactions with other medications you are taking.  As far as what brand to go with your best bet is to stick with the organic options and to do some research on your own.  It's important to always read the labels! Companies can be tricky!

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