What Are The Health Benefits of Spirulina?
In our last article we discussed the nutritional profile
of Spirulina. In this article we will look at how a nutrient rich food like
Spirulina can help improve your health.
Spirulina Health Benefits
You might be saying - "come on, can I really see any health benefits from eating some algae???" The answer is YES! Here
is a partial list of the health benefits associated with Spirulina:
- Boost the Immune System*
- Improve Digestion*
- Reduce fatigue*
- Build Endurance*
- Nature's Detoxifier - Cleanse the body*
- Boost Energy Levels*
- Control Appetite*
- Maintain Healthy Cardiovascular function*
- Support the Liver and Kidneys*
- Reduce Inflammation*
- Benefit People Who Suffer from Allergies*
Wait A Minute, How Could Spirulina Really Help With All These Things?
As much as we could talk about all the individual nutrients in Spirulina, it is really the fact that Spirulina is such a
complete food that gives it such a wide range of health benefits. When you eat something that has protein, vitamins, minerals, Omega 6 Fatty acids,
chlorophyll and other phytonutrients, your body respond in a very favorable way.
In fact, NASA has conducted studies on Spirulina as a potential food for space travel. When it comes to space travel, the goal is to
provide the astronauts with foods that are in rich in nutrients but don't take up much space. NASA found that 1 kg of Spirulina had
the same nutrients found in about 1,000 kgs of "assorted vegetables"! Simply put, when you are feeding your body such a high
concentration of healthy nutrients, good things will happen.
Chlorophyll, A Key to Spirulina Health Benefits
We do strongly believe that the health benefits of Spirulina come from the combination of all the nutrients in the algae, but one nutrient
really stands out - chlorophyll. We are going to assume that the caffeinated beverage we had you drink in the first article is starting to
wear off, so we will go light on the chemistry...
Chlorophyll is basically the blood of plants. It is chlorophyll that allows a plant to transform light into nutrients for the plant -
photosynthesis. It is chlorophyll that gives plants and algae their green pigmentation.
Good Things Happen When Humans Drink Plant Blood!
It turns out human blood and "plant blood" (chlorophyll) are very similar. Chlorophyll has magnesium as the central atom while human
blood has iron in the middle - but besides that, they are basically the same chemistry! Due to this chemical structure, numerous studies
have shown that chlorophyll can help grow and repair tissues*, act as a powerful antioxidant*, boost the immune system* and help maintain
healthy blood function. As Spirulina is an excellent source of Chlorophyll, this helps explain how Spirulina can have so many potential
Don't Forget the Cute Little Phytonutrients
Spirulina is packed with a number of important phytonutrients. The blue-green color of Spirulina comes from its high concentration of
a phytonutrient called phycocyanin. For fear of putting you to sleep, we will not go into all the chemistry of phytonutrients, but the
vast amount of phytonutrients in Spirulina helps explain the strong antioxidant and immune boosting benefits of Spirulina.
If You Live in Japan, You Know All this Already
Here in the United States, people are just starting to see the true health benefits of green foods such as Spirulina. However, in countries
like Japan, the health benefits of Spirulina are well accepted and Spirulina and other green foods make up a significant portion of
Spirulina Sounds Great - Any Negatives to Spirulina?
Spirulina is great... as long as it is not filled with heavy metals and toxins! As with any food, you want to make sure what
you eating is pure and has been tested. So, let's move on to our next article -