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Discover the Magic of Spirulina

Spira who?  If you haven't heard of spirulina, you're missing out!  That's not to assume you haven't heard of it. I mean, it is at the top right now on the list of the world's most popular supplements.  For those who are wondering what it is, read on.  For those who know it well, still continue to read on and remind yourself why all of your smoothies are now colored in blue.  

What Is Spirulina?

Spirulina is in the algae family and grows both in fresh and saltwater.  A type of bacteria called cyanobacteria, it is often referred to as blue-green algae.  It happens to be the most popular food for astronauts, mainly because it is so incredibly nutrient-dense and can be made into a powder that is easy to transport places, like space.  

The Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina may be one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.  Just a single tablespoon of spirulina contains the following:

  • Protein - 4 grams
  • Vitamin B - 11 percent
  • Vitamin B2 - 15 percent
  • Vitamin B3 - 4 percent 
  • Copper - 21 percent
  • Iron - 11 percent

Spirulina also contains every other nutrient your body needs in some amount, as well as potassium, manganese, and magnesium.  One might consider that our body doesn't absorb all proteins the same way.  For example, our body breaks down the proteins in soy differently than it does meat.  The protein in spirulina breaks down well in the body, similar to eating eggs.  

A Powerful Antioxidant

Spirulina contains a powerful antioxidant called phycocyanin.  This is what gives it its radiant blue-green color; hence, your smoothies turn bright blue.  Phycocyanin is very powerful in fighting free radicals and also is very effective in reducing and preventing inflammation.  Antioxidants are important because they reduce oxidative stress, which is the main component that causes cell damage.  A tablespoon a day of spirulina can help fight oxidative stress and have your cells humming again.  

There is also research indicating that spirulina may:

  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Contain anti-cancer properties
  • Lower bad LDL and triglyceride levels
  • Be effective against anemia
  • Improve muscle strength and endurance
  • Aid in blood sugar control

Get Some Spirulina

Spirulina can be found in any health food store or online.  It's a great addition to your diet and easy to incorporate.  Place some spirulina powder in your smoothies, and watch them turn that radiant sea-greenish-blue color.  It doesn't have much flavor, but you can get it in capsules as well.  Another option is to buy it fresh and take it as a shot each morning.  

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Seminole, Fla.

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