Spirulina: It’s categorized as a “superfood” because of its immense health qualities. It is a blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and is said to help protect against cell damage. While much of the evidence supporting these claims are anecdotal, animal and test tube studies do suggest that spirulina can increase the production of antibodies, increase immunity, help to ward off infections and possible cancer. However, none of these tests were ever conducted on human studies, and the evidence is purely subjective to many individual experiences and a long history of use.
How Does It Help The Body?
- Protein Supplement: According to the University of Maryland, amino acids make up 62 percent of spirulina. Amino acids are used by the body to make proteins, helping to break down food, grow, and repair body tissue.
- Lipid Lowering: The hypolipidemic effects were first noticed in albino rats. The study found that HDL cholesterol was increased, while high hepatic lipids caused by a high fat diet was reduced by the consumption of spirulina.
- Immune Boost: Having such a high concentration of beta carotene, which the human body can make into vitamin A, helps kick start your immune system.
How Should You Eat It?
It’s a versatile product and can be added to various dishes. Here are a few ideas:
- Green Smoothie: A spoonful of this powder can boost the nutrients in your daily green drink or smoothie.
- Spirulina Pudding: Mix this into your favorite fruit pudding and enjoy.
- Salad Dressing: Mix this into some olive oil, lemon, a little bit of pepper, and dress your salad.
As always, please be sure to check with your physician before starting any supplement like spirulina, as it may interact with certain medications.
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