Spirulina is a blue-green algae and an ancient superfood that is being investigated for use by our astronauts. Here are 5 reasons to start incorporating it into your diet!
1. High in Protein
Next time you reach for your chicken breast or eggs consider this: spirulina has 6x more protein than eggs per gram of weight. The protein in spirulina is also highly absorbable as this form of algae lacks a hard cell well that would otherwise interfere with absorption. Also because it is a water-soluble molecule it does not have to undergo the same digestion processes making it easy on our digestive tract and super fast to absorb – perfect to include in your post-workout regime.
2. Powerful Detoxifier
The most well-known property of spirulina is its ability to absorb toxins and therefore help eliminate toxic build-ups from our body. It is particularly effective at removing mercury, lead and other harmful heavy metals that can be found in many food products like seafood, or from environmental contaminants.
However, it is important to note that if the spirulina is grown in an environment with toxins, such as in polluted water, it will absorb them and when ingested it can actually increase the toxic load on our bodies. Therefore, ensure your spirulina is from a reputable source.
3. Better-than-milk Calcium Source
While milk is a good source of calcium it is not your only option for strong bones. Many people have chosen to reduce their milk consumption due to intolerance, ethical considerations, or the levels of estrogens and antibiotics. Spirulina contains 7x more calcium than milk so whether you are a milk drinker or not, this is an excellent source of this essential nutrient. Moreover, calcium isn’t just important for bone health, it is also important for our muscles, mood and heart.
4. Better-than-steak Iron Source
Spirulina also outdoes our top source of iron by containing over 10x more iron than steak. An essential nutrient for everyone but particularly important for women of child-bearing age, people with gastrointestinal disorders, people recovering from surgery, and potentially endurance athletes. A lack of iron is disastrous for our energy levels
5. Packed with Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Properties
If you’re still not impressed by all this superfood has to offer, it’s also jam-packed with extra health goodies including phycocyanin, a powerful compound with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. In fact, the antioxidant effect is 4x greater than that of blueberries! Due to the high levels of this compound it is exceptional for fighting off free-radicals from sun damage, environmental
pollutants, illness or even intense exercise. This will have a range of health effects including great skin, better recovery from injuries, and even protecting your DNA from damage that can lead to cancer.
All together spirulina is one of the most nutrient-dense foods while still low in calories.
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By Rachel Erwin, Younibody Therapist