SPIRULINA is an amazing nutrient dense superfood that everyone should consider adding to their health regime.
Growing in mineral rich alkaline lakes in subtropical regions, spirulina is comprised of vital "natural medicines" for our body.
Most people can not handle spirulina because of the mossy flavor and smell, but considering how it can benefit your health in such a small dose, it's worth giving it a try.
There are many ways to mask the pungent spirulina smell and taste. Adding it to a smoothie tends to be the best option. Great flavors to add to this supplement in order to mask the algae taste are berries or chocolate.
Jam-packed with nutrients, the serving size is very small (1/4tsp), so luckily a little goes a long way.
What makes this superfood so amazing? Well there are a few key ingredients present in Spirulina that make it worth eating the mossy flavor.
BINDS TO HEAVY METALS
PHYCOCYANIN (A type of pigment in blue-green algae) present in Spirulina.
Phycocyanin binds to heavy metals in your body, once they are bound it helps remove the toxin from your body via your sweat and urine.
It is also an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective (protects your brain), and hepatoprotective (protects the liver by helping the liver filter through drugs, chemicals and heavy metals).
PHYCOCYANIN scavenges and removes PEROXYNITRITE which is a potent physiological inorganic toxin.
Our cells have the ability to create the free radical NITRIC OXIDE (NO) (free radicals are bad, thats why you need antioxidants).
PEROXYNITRITE is created when a reaction occurs between NO and another radical known as superoxide. Each element on their own is not extremely dangerous, but together they are implicated in brain damage.
HELPFUL VITAMINS AND MINERALS
Contains THAIMIN (aka vitamin b1) this vitamin helps the body use carbohydrates, fats, and proteins for energy growth development and function of cells.
Essentially, you are increasing the bioavailability of vital nutrients for your body.
FIGHTS OFF FUNGUS
Fights of CANDIDA a fungus that grows in the human body that can grow and multiply out of control.
Excessive growth results in thrush and yeast infections.
Spirulina inhibits the growth of other bacteria because it has a very high PH (often around 11).
Contains CHLOROPHYLL which is a powerful detoxifier present in all plants. Whenever something helps detoxify your body, you should automatically think of your liver.
The liver is key in processing these toxins and removing them from your body so they can not cause more damage to you.
Spirulina cleanses the liver by interfering with the metabolism of pro carcinogens (cancer causing elements, like superoxide), which must be metabolized in order to cause damage to DNA.
It also increases phase II Biotransformation enzymes promoting optional liver health.
Biotransformation is a complex process your liver goes through to rid the body of drugs and chemicals.
CONCLUSIONIf you are planning on detoxing, spirulina is an excellent addition to the juice or smoothie you will be making. It helps bind to toxins in your body allowing them to be flushed out of your system.
Not only that, but it also helps make the proper nutrients and minerals more available to your body. This simply means that your body is able to use carbs, fats and proteins more easily, providing you with the nutrients and energy you need to go about your day.
Ever dealt with thrush or a yeast infection? This is the result of an overgrowth of bacteria in your body. Spirulina with a high PH level kills off this bacteria leaving your body happy and healthy.