Spirulina: tiny but mighty

spirulina powderSpirulina has been consumed and valued as a perfectly balanced nutritional food for centuries. It contains high concentrations of organic nutrients ranging from vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, E), beta-carotene, minerals iron, manganese and zinc, enzymes and many trace elements. Spirulina contains a whopping 67% easily digestible protein and all the essential amino acids the body needs, as well as nucleic acids (RNA and DNA), natural antioxidants and chlorophyll.

Spirulina grows wild in very warm, alkaline and mineral-rich lakes in various parts of the world. These ideal conditions (and abundant sunshine) help spirulina grow its concentrated abundant nutrients, resulting in a super-food unlike any other single grain or plant.

Some of the health benefits of spirulina:

  • It is a rich nutrient source
  • It helps strengthen the immune system
  • It helps fight viral infections
  • It purifies the liver and helps remove toxins from the body
  • It is a natural cleanser of the blood
  • It helps the body make healthy new blood cells
  • It strengthens the nervous system
  • It is an excellent vegan source of Vitamin B12
  • It is rich in the essential fatty acid GLA (gamma linolenic acid)
  • It provides a natural plant source of protein for vegetarians and vegans

Who should take spirulina?

Spirulina is suitable for all ages and will particularly benefit:

  • Health conscious people
  • Those lacking in energy and feeling run-down
  • Busy people and growing children
  • Those who are iron deficient
  • People on restricted diets
  • Those not eating enough green vegetables

Spirulina is an ideal supplement for vegetarians and vegans, as it provides a natural plant source of protein and is rich in other vitamins and minerals that vegetarians and vegans commonly lack in their diets.

Spirulina is regarded as safe for adults, pregnant or breastfeeding women and children of any age at approximately half the adult dose (but err on the side of caution and consult with your health care professional before supplementing your or your children’s diets with spirulina).

Please note: always start slowly when introducing a new supplement to your diet to limit the possibility of side-effects, especially if you are food-sensitive, on a special diet or medication. If you are concerned about any side-effects you feel you are experiencing by taking spirulina or any other supplement, please seek professional advice.

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