What is Spirulina and what are its health benefits?

What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a dark green algae that grows on the surface of lakes. Many medical doctors, scientists, and nutrition experts consider it to be one of the world’s most powerful superfoods! Ancient Aztecs used to skim spirulina algae off the surface of lakes and dry it into cakes which serves as an important source of nutrients.

Spirulina is 65% protein and amino acids including the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which has gotten a lot of attention for its anti-inflammatory properties, especially when taken with other quality Omega-3 supplements like Fermented Cod Liver Oil. (I suspect that the benefits of GLA in Spirulina are even more than what the studies have found since these studies often use vegetable oils for their GLA source, and the other inflammatory compounds in vegetable oils can interfere with the anti-inflammatory ability.) It contains all essential amino acids.

What are the health benefits of Spirulina?

  • contains GLA essential fatty acid which has amazing anti-inflammatory properties especially when taken with other quality Omega-3 supplements
  • contains Omega-3s, -6s, and -9s and is especially high in -3s.
  • contains chlorophyll which helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system
  • the very high concentration of bio-available iron makes it excellent during pregnancy and for those with anemia and will not cause constipation
  • incredibly high in calcium making it great for children, the elderly, and during pregnancy
  • may be helpful with allergies and allergic reactions
  • can increase fat burning during exercise
  • contains many other nutrients such as: vitamins B-1 (thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3 (nicotinamide), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is also a source of potassium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, and zinc.