A Simple Superfood: Surprising Health Benefits of Spirulina

by Elysian Magazine

If wellness is important to you, it’s likely that your diet and nutrition are also very important to you because you understand that your health is your wealth, and you make healthy lifestyle choices designed to take care of yourself.

Many people, though, find themselves “spending” their health searching for wealth during their working years, and later, end up spending wealth searching for health. Either way, spirulina — an ordinary plant — may surprise you in its simple ways of improving your diet and your health.

Modern research supports the importance of a good balance of the vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, antioxidants, and nutrients vital to help sustain optimal energy levels. Spirulina has all that and more!

 Spirulina is a plant grown and harvested from the surfaces of lakes and ponds in Central, North and South America, as well as in Africa, and dried and prepared as a food or food supplement. 

Bursting with bioavailable nutrients created from sunlight, water and minerals, this blue-green algae is highly nutritious when dried and prepared as a food or food additive and is a rich source of many vitamins, minerals, essential amino and fatty acids, and protein. It is one of the oldest lifeforms on earth and one of the best sources of nutrition ever discovered, one of nature’s richest whole foods for humans and animals alike.

As one of the world’s most nutritionally complete foods, this microscopic plant contains more iron than raw spinach; more protein than beef, poultry or fish; and is an ideal food source for vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike who want more complete protein in their diets. 

Spirulina was widely consumed by the Aztecs, who increased their endurance for long-distance running, and today spirulina is produced in dozens of countries and used all over the world.  

Thousands of peer-reviewed articles extol spirulina’s many health benefits, as studies have shown that spirulina is widely recognized as a favorite superfood by nutritionists, competitive athletes, and even NASA astronauts who use it to supplement their diets while training for space exploration. Now you know why spirulina tablets belong in your gym bag! 

Spirulina is also known to:

  • combat fatigue, increase endurance, and promote muscle recovery after a workout.
  • improve energy levels and boost production of white blood cells.
  • contain powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • support the healthy functions of your brain, heart, digestive and immune systems.
  • lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, while protecting LDL cholesterol.
  • reduce blood pressure and chance of stroke.
  • help eliminate candida yeasts and heavy metals from the body.

 When you are shopping for spirulina, notice that organic varieties are grown without pesticides, harvested under strict standards, and processed without the use of harmful chemicals. Spirulina comes in many forms, including tablet, flake, powder and/or capsules and is a nourishing ingredient to add to your favorite pre-and post-workout smoothies and protein shakes. Just add one or two tablespoons to your favorite recipe and blend it in with other ingredients.

Improving your health requires improving your choices, and spirulina provides a perfect balance of essential nutrients and is an amazing superfood that can satisfy your nutritional needs and your taste buds. Do your own research, try some green smoothies, and discover the many surprising benefits of this amazing superfood.

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