Spirulina Powder – 3 Unknown Health Benefits
Spirulina is a powerful type of super green that has been enjoyed for thousands of years by a variety of different cultures. The Aztecs, for example reputedly supplied it to their athletes and warriors to improve their stamina and physical strength.
Spirulina powder is prepared from spirulina - single-celled, blue-green, spiral shaped, fresh water algae. Comparable to mother’s milk in nutritional value, spirulina powder is packed with life-enhancing ingredients such as chlorophyll, protein, vitamins (including vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and K), essential minerals (including iron, calcium and magnesium), trace minerals, essential fatty acids, nucleic acids (both RNA and DNA), polysaccharides and a wide range of antioxidants, which promote numerous health benefits, three of which have only just been discovered.
3 recently uncovered health benefits of spirulina powder
1) Amazing anti-aging properties of spirulina powder
Spirulina powder boasts a number of important substances that actively fight free radicals and prevent our cells from aging, including beta-carotene, vitamin E, gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) and superoxide dismutase (SOD).
Vitamin E, beta-carotene and SOD are all known to promote healthy, resilient skin, free from allergy and unwelcome wrinkles, which is why spirulina powder is often added to skin care products. GLA is an important omega-6 fatty acid that has been directly linked to an increase in bone density, making spirulina powder an effective tool in combatting age-related osteoporosis. Indeed, a study on women aged 65 plus and suffering from osteoporosis, revealed that those who took GLA (gamma-linoleic acid) supplements (in combination with another fatty acid called EPA) witnessed reduced bone loss (and some even saw an actual increase in bone density) over a 3 year period. And according to a study by the Orient Medical Science University of Japan, spirulina diet therapy proved 80% effective on some 480 cases of senile cataracts, diabetic retinopathies, and hypertensive retinopathies.
2) Impressive immunity boosting qualities of spirulina powder
Thanks to a significant amount of new research, spirulina powder is probably now best admired for its impressive immune strengthening properties and its ability to help combat a number of diseases including cancer and HIV. Mark Stengler writes in ‘A Natural Physician's Healing Therapies’, that “Spirulina stimulates natural killer cells and similar anti-immune components of the immune system that can help fight cancer cells.” And the first human study of spirulina-based cancer treatment in 1995 reported a total regression of pre-cancerous mouth lesions in 45 per cent of patients given an extract of spirulina for one year. A more recent 12 week clinical trial, involving 30 patients over the age of 50, revealed improved immune blood markers in the majority of participants. These fresh studies suggest that spirulina powder is an ideal supplement for strengthening immunity especially for those in the 50 plus age group.
Spirulina powder and its wonderful weight loss benefits
Recent studies have revealed that spirulina powder can act as a natural appetite suppressant and may therefore be used to control food cravings and combat obesity. Spirulina powder is a complete source of protein - in fact it’s comprised of between 65 and 71 per cent protein, the highest concentration found in any food substance. And the protein present in spirulina powder is absorbed by the body up to four times more quickly than animal protein. Consuming readily digestible protein in combination with regular exercise can help build lean muscle mass and increase our metabolic rate, which effectively encourages our body to burn more fat. The GLA found in spirulina powder can also help regulate our blood sugar and insulin levels, resulting in demonstrable weight loss. In addition, spirulina powder is extremely low in calories - spirulina supplies just 3.9 calories per gram of protein. Compare that to beef, which supplies some 65 calories per gram of protein. In essence spirulina powder can provide a large chunk of your recommended daily intake of nutrients, without the calorific repercussions.
How to introduce spirulina powder into your daily diet
Detox Your World stocks a 100% pure, premium quality, certified organic spirulina powder. Best taken at meal times, our spirulina powder can be stirred into a glass of water or mixed into your favourite smoothies and juices to add an extra boost of nutrients and a lovely, deep green colour. It’s also an excellent alternative to standard protein powders.