Superfoods: Spirulina Health Benefits – What is It and How Can It Improve Your Health?

Wheatgrass, chlorella and spirulina.

Nature has provided us with a wide variety of nutritional foods. However, there are some foods that stand above the rest with powerful abilities to fight disease and purify the body from harmful toxins.

Spirulina is fairly unknown, but it is one of the most powerful superfoods available because it contains a complete nutritional profile. It is a microscopic blue-green vegetable algae and one of nature’s finest source of nutrients. It packs one of the healthiest ingredients on the planet.

Here is a nutritional profile of spirulina:

Vitamins: (per 10 grams / % U.S. Daily Value )
Vitamin A: 460%
Beta Carotene: 460%
Vitamin D: 300%
Vitamin E: 3%
Vitamin K: 250%
B1 Thiamine: 23%
B2 Riboflavin: 23%
B3 Niacin: 7%
B6 Pyridoxine: 4%
B12 Colobalimine: 330%
Minerals: %DV

Calcium: 7%
Iron: 80%
Phosphorus: 8%
Magnesium: 10%
Zinc: 2%
Selenium: 14%
Copper: 6%
Manganese: 25%
Chromium: 21%
Potassium: 4%

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Spirulina is also packed with amino acids, phytonutrients, carotenoids. Spirulina also provides
60% all-vegetable protein, the essential fatty acid GLA, glycolipids, and polysaccharides.

AARP magazine rates Spirulina as the #1 “food that can add years to your life” in the September/October 2006 issue.

More than 100 published studies support the health benefits of spirulina.

Spirulina Health Benefits:

• improvements in memory and learning
• Cancer-fighting phytonutrients
• high-quality protein without the fat and cholesterol of meat
• Spirulina is the only whole food with GLA, a rare essential fatty acid found in mother’s milk.
• Spirulina is rich in iron, one of the most common mineral dificiencies.
• The chlorophyll content naturally cleanses the body.
• Boosts the immune system
• Increases energy levels

Spirulina stands head and shoulders above other foods.
Spirulina has 300% more calcium than whole milk. (good for bones and osteoporosis)
Spirulina has 2300% more iron than spinach. (prevents anemia)
Spirulina has 3900% more Beta Carotene than carrots. (stong antioxidant, good for the eyes)

How Much Spirulina Should You Take?

Spirulina should be taken on a daily basis for lifelong health. Remeber, these are foods, not drugs.You should consume at least 10 grams per day for maximum health benefits. If you’re an athlete, you should take as much as 60 grams per day.This dosage equates to taking a handful of spirulina at each meal.

When purchasing spirulina, make sure it’s Spirulina Pacifiaca harvested from the waters of Kona, Hawaii. The best source of spirulina comes from a company called Cyanotech. Because this spirulina is produced in the deep sea waters of the coast of Hawaii, it is free of contaminants found in many other coastal waters.

About the author Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams is an avid blogger who specializes in dating advice. Her interests include gender relations and the underlying mechanisms that drive human interactions. You can check out her thoughts on men, sex, dating and love at Wingman Magazine.