Spirulina is a blue-green alga which is believed to be the first form of plant life on earth. Since its rediscovery in the 1960’s, Spirulina has been extensively tested by scientists around the world. And it has been proved to be the most powerful and well-balanced source of nutrition on the planet, making it the world’s most powerful superfood. NASA found it to be an excellent, compact space food for astronauts. (1 kg of Spirulina is equivalent to 1000 kgs of assorted vegetables)
International health organisations have hailed Spirulina as one of the greatest superfoods on earth. An ideal food supplement, Spirulina provides the body with all the essential nutrients required daily. At the same time it is leaving you fresh, active and energetic through out the day. Here are 8 facts about this superfood!
100 times more vitamin A than carrots
Spirulina is the world’s richest natural source of beta-carotene (Pro Vitamin A). It helps to improve eye sight.
6 times more protein than eggs
Spirulina has a very high natural protein content (up to 70%). This protein is a called complete since it has 18 of the 22 amino acids that the body needs. Being organic in form, Spirulina has very high digestibility (up to 97% ). This ensures proper utilisation and assimilation of the food a person eats.
50 times more iron than spinach
Anaemia or iron deficiency is one of the most common health problems. Spirulina’s rich content of natural iron & folic acid helps greatly improve haemoglobin levels in the blood. And, it is 60 times more absorbable than synthetic iron present in most of the haematinics.
7 times more calcium than milk
Spirulina is one of the world’s richest known sources of natural calcium which helps build strong bones.
10 times more potassium than vegetables
Its potassium content (up to 10 times more than common vegetables) helps prevent hypertension.
One-stop shop for antioxidants
Unstable molecules called ‘’free radicals” are generated in every human body as a result of normal metabolic processes. These can lead to ailments like cancer, arthritis and cataracts. They can also lead to strokes, heart attacks and diabetes. They can lead to even premature aging. To combat these free radicals you need anti-oxidants like vitamins A,C & E. You need zinc, selenium and super oxide dismutase. Spirulina is the world’s richest and only natural source of all these anti-oxidants.
It prevents heart problems
Fat deposits in blood vessels called cholesterol are the reason behind a majority of heart problems. Spirulina has gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which dissolves these fat deposits. And it prevents heart problems. Plus, unique biliproteins and carotenoids in Spirulina strengthen the body’s immune system against possible infections.
It fights stress
Spirulina is the only known vegetarian source of vitamin B12 which helps fight stress and calm your nerves.
Researches suggest when spirulina is taken with anti-cancer drugs, antibiotics and pain killing drugs toxic side effects to the kidney can be significantly reduced. And shorter recovery times may be possible.
Find out more reasons to add this superfood to your diet here!
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