Spirulina Health Benefits
I’ve been taking Spirulina on and off for a few months now, testing its reaction to my body. I live with a few different types of anemia and have for many years. To help combat one of the causes on my anemia (iron deficiency) I searched for a plant-based protein rich in iron. Bam. I found Spirulina. I had previously seen it as one of the premium add-on features at my favorite juice place but never accurately understood why I would want it and what the benefits were. Well, I’m here to break it down for ya.
What really is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a type of bacteria called cyanobacterium, which is often referred to as blue-green algae and grows naturally in warm, fresh water-bodies around the world (1).
What is in Spirulina that makes it good for me?
I’m glad you asked! Spirulina is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. It contains nutrients, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid) (2).
Okokok. Now, give me the deets
- Spirulina aids is rich in protein with amino acids making up 62% (contains all amino acids).
- Naturally detoxifying: Spirulina attaches itself to metals in your body and so that the metals exit your body as waste. >> Elimination of this waste combined with the B vitamins found in Spirulina boost energy.
- Spirulina contains a high concentration of zeaxantuin, an important nutrient linked to eye health.
- Improves skin thanks to its heavy amounts of Beta-Carotene, the most important ingredient in skin health. Beta-Carotene is the precursor to Vitamin A.
Other studies have noted its positive effects on reducing allergies and eye disease, fighting cancer, aiding in HIV/Aids and more but I couldn’t find anything concrete and think further research must be done.
Why I Love Spirulina
Honestly. Spirulina gives me energy and helps regulate my iron levels. I don’t eat a ton of meat in general and therefore I don’t look for my protein or iron there. I definitely don’t think it’s a miracle vitamin. I just find that it helps me as an addition to a well-balanced diet and active healthy lifestyle.
How Can I Add Spirulina To My Life?
It comes in two main forms, powder and pill. In powder form it tastes like straight caca (tbh take my word for it) and as a result is often added to smoothies or green juices where it’s flavor is masked. I love adding it to a green juice if I’m out but I don’t typically like spending $10+ a day just to get my greens in. I found these Organic Spirulina tablets at my local Trader Joe’s and love them. *They’re cheaper in-store. *I think when this bottle runs out I’m going to order this brand or maybe try the ever popular Vital Proteins version (bc I’m a serial shopper and love trying new things)
How much Spirulina should I take daily?
It’s important to start off slow and see how your body reacts, everyone’s will be different. I take these tablets 2-3 times a day usually with a meal. *Honestly, I aim for 3 times a day but some days I forget. If you’re doing the powder form, it’s recommended to start at 1 teaspoon. Above all listen to your body, it will tell you if it wants more or less.
Is there anything I should be worried about?
It’s important to consult your doctor before adding anything new into your daily routine such as a vitamin. I am in no way a doctor or have any medical training. I just want to share something that’s been working for me in the hopes it may help you too! Also, be sure to trust where you are sourcing your Spirulina from as unreliable retailers have known so sell contaminated supplies. I love and trust Trader Joe’s and haven’t had any issues with the ones I’ve bought there. *Currently have bought this bottle 3 times in different locations.
Sooo that does it for today. What do ya’ll think? Have to tried Spirulina before? Do you love or hate it? Do you like wellness post like these? LEMME KNOW 🙂
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