Spirulina is a microalgae that comes from two types of cyanobacteria, namely Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima. Initially classified as a plant because of its pigment, it was later reclassified as a type of bacteria. It was a staple food among the Aztecs. You might also hear it called AFA or Blue-green algae.
Many first heard of this herbal dietary supplement when NASA wanted to use it for nutrition on space missions for astronaut food.
Health Benefits of Spirulina
Spirulina has a long list of health benefits. Anyone can also safely take it and it can be bought inexpensively in extract powder or tablet form.
People who are anemic, hypertensive or are constantly exposed to stress should consider taking spirulina everyday. Because this herbal medicine bolsters the immune system, medications such as corticosteroids may not work as effectively.
- Acts as a powerful nootropic
- It is rich in protein, amino acid, vitamins, minerals and GLA, APA, LA, EPA and DHA. Its dark green pigment suggests high concentration of chlorophyll, zeaxanthin, xhanthophyll, echinenone and betacarotene.
- Because it is full of vitamins, amino acids and minerals, you can take it orally for overall detoxification.
- It greatly helps with mental problems such as dementia, attention deficit-hyperactivty disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorder and depression.
- It helps the body cope with extreme stress.
- Organic spirulina can eliminate accumulated heavy metals in the body.
- It helps alleviate premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- It acts as a powerful antioxidant (4x more powerful than blueberries), making it effective in preventing DNA and cell damage, as well as chronic diseases such as disease and heart attack.
- It lowers low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in the blood.
- It is an anti-inflammatory.
- Taken as a daily supplement, it can strengthen the immune system.
- Applied topically, it helps wounds to heal faster.
- It keeps the digestive flora balanced.
- Has good effects on regulating blood sugar and treating blood disorders
Aside from vitamins and minerals, Sprirulina is also rich in phenolic compounds that combat the oxidative action of stress. The oxidative action of stress is the cause of innumerable diseases. Oxidation damages the cells all over the body and disrupts their normal functions. People who inadvertently expose themselves to vehicle exhaust on a regular basis, for example, will gradually develop, at the very least, a slight degree of brain damage that manifests as time passes. Spirulina is an invaluable antioxidant.
Because spirulina is a type of microalgae, it has the tendency to accumulate toxins, heavy metals (arsenic, lead and mercury) and microcystins. As much as possible, choose organic spirulina.
Modern man lives in a highly toxic and stressful environment. Day by day, it becomes important to protect the body’s vital functions by taking herbal supplements and medicines. Spirulina is an affordable source of nutrients with high bioavailability. It’s also gaining a lot of attention in the nootropics community for its cognitive-enhancing effects on the brain.
Many wonder which is better? Chlorella or spirulina? The above video answers that question.