20th November 2014
Posted by: Bridget Okeeffe
The United Nations has hailed Spirulina as the “food for the future” and I couldn’t agree more. It is the richest and most complete food source present in the world… yes the ENTIRE world. It has over 100 types of nutrients which is more than any other type of grain, herb or plant. This miraculous water algae is 60% protein and moreover is a complete one at that, which means that it contains all essential amino acids. It is superior to plant proteins such as legumes and is said to have higher levels of protein to meat and fish.
Historically Spirulina was used by the Aztecs until the 16th century. It is only in the last 3 decades that the western world has hooked onto how brilliant it is for us. In the late 80’s and early 90’s both NASA and European Space Agency proposed spirulina as one of the primary foods to be cultivated during long term space missions.
The benefits of taking it as a supplement are endless. It prevents depression and diabetes, and, like green tea, is one of the most natural forms of anti ageing on the market. It boosts energy and maintains health as well as having been linked to weight loss and the prevention of obesity due to its high anti oxidant levels. It helps our system to absorb nutrients more efficiently and is high in amino acids which helps prevent heart disease.
So what is in this incredible, green (not so nice smelling) and really rather powerful stuff? Well it has linolemic acid in it which is present in breast milk and is what helps the healthy development of the baby. It has B complex vitamins which do everything from helping your body to produce new cells to fighting free radicals. Vitamin E which is wonderful for your immune system and beta-carotene which our bodies convert into vitamin A which helps promote beautiful skin. As well as many more deliciously beneficial nutrients.One point I would like to make is that given the lack of regulatory standards when it comes to producing spirulina you need to make sure you are buying supplements that come from a trusted source. Heavy metal (lead, mercury and arsenic) contamination has been linked to supplements marketed in China. This is the powder that I use in my smoothies and these are the capsules that I take when I am travelling and I find it hard to add the powder to my food. Both are very good brands and ones that I trust.
Let me know how you like to take your Spirulina and if you fee any health benefits as a result of taking it?