The Ultimate Superfood

The Ultimate Superfood


There’s really not a whole lot of debate about it, if you’re looking for the ultimate super food to add to your diet, spirulina is it.  Spirulina is the king among superfoods for it’s extensive beneficial properties and affordability.  There has been extensive international research and focus on spirulina and the AARP even labeled it as the #1 superfood in 2005.  Even with the abundance of research and international acclaim, spirulina sadly has remained out of the diets of most Americans.  Perhaps it’s the green appearance or the fact that spirulina is an algae, that keeps it out of American and other westernized homes.  I believe the word is spreading though and that is about to change, as this superfood is so beneficial to every person that takes it, I’m doing my part to tell you why you need to supplement with spirulina.


Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina is a fresh water algae, specifically a variety of blue-green algae that is similar to those of seaweed such as nori, kelp, chlorella and dulse.  It has been found to be much more nutrient rich and more easily digestible by the body than its sea vegetable cousins.  What a lot of people don’t know is that spirulina is a fantastic source of protein at nearly 70% protein by weight.  It contains all the essential amino acids as well and rivals top protein sources such as eggs, milk and meat.  It is one of the best “complete” protein sources available as it not only contains amino acids but minerals, essential fatty acids and carotenoids as well.  In fact there’s about ten mixed carotenoids in spirulina making it one of the richest beta-carotene natural food sources, which means huge health benefits for you.

Research has shown that spirulina promotes total body health including the following potential benefits.

  • Promotes a normal immune response
  • Support for normal flora in the gastrointestinal system
  • Digestion support
  • Potent antioxidant support
  • Maintenance support for normal blood pressure
  • Curbs hunger
  • Increases Energy
  • Promotes heavy metal detox
  • Support for optimal cardiovascular health
  • Maintenance support for normal blood sugar levels
  • Support for regulating immune system activity

The biggest nutrient in spirulina that has scientists and nutritionists excited is its phycocyanin content.  This is the phytopigment that gives spirulina its natural bluish color.  Phycocyanin is a very powerful antioxidant that is great for brain and heart health and it is ONLY found in spirulina.  Scientists have also found this to support white and red blood cell production, hence spirulinas profound immune system support.


Organic Spirulina

Not all spirulina is created equal, in fact many times you could be ingesting spirulina that is in fact doing more harm than good.  Because this is a sea vegetable the issue of pollution of heavy metals and chemical contamination are something to be cautious about.  With the Fukushima nuclear incident it’s especially important to ensure your source of spirulina does not come from Japan where it could be contaminated with radiation.  Since most Americans don’t consume sea vegetables anyways, this isn’t a huge concern as it’s easy to find a quality organic spirulina supplement.

There is a plethora of spirulina supplements on the market, and it’s hard to know which ones to trust, here are a few key things to look for when selecting a quality spirulina supplement. Be sure that the source is of vegan organic spirulina meaning free of animal fillers and contains the following nutrients.

  • Complete (Total) Carotenoids
  • Phycocyanin*
  • Chlorophyll
  • GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid)

Spirulina supplements come in a few different forms.  There is a tablet or capsule form which is the easiest to take and has virtually no taste.  This is best for people who do not like the taste of spirulina and other algae.  Taste is probably the biggest reason Americans do not eat sea vegetables.  Spirulina has a distinct taste, people either seem to really enjoy it or not care for it all, for those that don’t like the taste, a pill form will be the best choice for you.  For those that do enjoy the taste of spirulina or don’t mind it, I highly suggest a powder form as the best spirulina supplement.

Raw vegan spirulina powder is in its most natural state meaning its the most potent and bio-available form in which to ingest.  Spirulina powder can easily be mixed into your favorite smoothies, foods and or just a glass of water.  In my opinion the best source for superfood supplements such as spirulina can be found here.  Live Superfoods is a company that follows best practices and only uses organic vegan sources for all of their products, a very reputable and trusted supplier of all things organic.  For more information on the health benefits of spirulina be sure to check out the video below.

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2 Responses to “The Ultimate Superfood”

  1. Kathy J says:

    I am on Coumadin, can I take spirulina. I believe that I read somewhere that spirulina is high in Vit K.

    • Benjamin says:

      Hi Kathy,

      It depends on what therapy of coumadin, generally I’d say that taking spirulina in moderation is fine, but please, check with your doctor. Thanks for commenting.

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