I am a Spirulina super fan. I love using this super food when I break my fast.
Taking this blue green algae after fasting provides high bioavailability nutrients to absorb back into my body fast.
In this article I will be discussing the following.
What is Spirulina
Benefits of Spirulina
Where to buy Spirulina
Pros and Cons of Spirulina
What is Spirulina
I'm going to be talking about the health benefits of spirulina, a super blue green algae with tremendous benefits.
Spirulina is something I use every single day for my mental and physical health.
TYPES OF SPIRULINA
Great green breakfast shakes.
Great when you don’t like the taste.
Benefits of Spirulina
Spirulina is known as being one of the top superfoods in the world today. Spirulina has a really unique nutrition profile loaded with chlorophyll which helps alkalize your body. It's also loaded with B vitamins, vitamin K, and also minerals like zinc and magnesium and so again it's really incredible.
If you look at that nutritional profile it's one of the highest plant-based sources of protein per gram and has been shown to help detoxify your body of heavy metals. A recent study found that it detoxifies your body of the of the heavy metal arsenic. Out of all the heavy metals, we probably get more arsenic in our diet than any other heavy metal due to pesticides especially foods that are sprayed with pesticides in China which have loads and loads of arsenic in them.
#1 - Detoxification of metals & other toxins.
Spirulina helps detoxify your body and can even help with things like dementia and a number of other brain and neurological health issues and so again detoxifying your body is critical Spirulina medically proven to that detoxify your body of arsenic.
#2 - Protection against radiation poisoning
A medical study out of the journal chemosphere actually found that spirulina protects your body against radiation poison we've all heard of the Fukishima accident that sent tons of radiation into the pacific ocean which ultimately ended up in our food supply through seafood. If you don’ eat seafood, there are plenty of other places to get radiation exposure such as the sun, cellphones and even microwaves. other you were exposed to radiation from microwave two cell phones two things in our food supply on a regular basis and spirulina has been shown to protect your body against radiation poisoning.
#3 - Fights against cancer and overall health in general
If you're not worried about radiation in the fish from the Pacific Ocean there are other benefits. Spirulina has been shown to help fight cancer. Because it is a nutritional powerhouse it's been shown to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels fight diabetes there's hardly anything out there a health condition that spirulina does it help with.
#4 - Spirulina is a natural probiotic that can help fight depression
Spirulina is a living organism that can enhance your own microbiome to help improve digestion and absorbtio. of essential vitamins and minerals. In my opinion, this can even help improve mood and fight depression.
#5 - Spirulina can help fight brain zaps
Brain zaps are a symptom of SSRI withdrawal. If you have never experienced them consider yourself lucky. They are incredibly uncomfortable. i am sure you have licked a 9v battery to test to see if it it still good right? Now imaging your brain licking a 9v battery up to 40 times a minute lasting for weeks, months or at worst a year.
Spirulina can help ease the symptoms thanks to it’s high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids.
Where to buy Spirulina
Remember, the best Spirulina is grown in Hawaii.
Spirulina is becoming more and more available locally. If you want to find Spirulina here is a list of places you should check.
Any health food section at your local grocery store.
Health food stores
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Spriulina pros and cons
Since we have already went over the many benefits ( pros ) of spirulina, it is time to check out the cons.
As algae, chlorella and spirulina are part of the plant kingdom, so it is possible to have an allergy to either one or both of them. An allergic reaction can manifest as redness, itching, hives, a skin rash and swelling of the face and mouth. It's also possible to suffer a more serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis if you are highly allergic to chlorella or spirulina. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency requiring immediate medical attention. Symptoms include wheezing, difficulty breathing and swallowing, confusion, fainting, loss of consciousness and even death in severe cases. Call your physician at the first sign of an allergy to chlorella or spirulina.
Contamination with Toxins
It's essential to buy spirulina, and any other dietary supplements including chlorella, from a reputable manufacturer. If not processed correctly, spirulina can contain a high concentration of toxic substances called microcystins and anatoxin, according to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The maximum safe intake for these toxins have not been determined. These toxins may build up in your system and affect your liver and nervous system, especially if you are taking spirulina for an extended period of time. This is of particular concern for children, as spirulina is sometimes used as an alternative treatment for attention deficit disorder. Spirulina can also be contaminated with heavy metal toxins or with bacteria from animal fertilizer runoff.
Drug Interactions and Precautions
Chlorella and spirulina can interact negatively with certain medications. Because it contains vitamin K, chlorella supplements can interfere with the effectiveness of blood thinner medications. If you have an allergy to iodine, you may also be allergic to chlorella. Because of their immune-stimulating properties, do not take chlorella or spirulina with immune suppressing medications. If you have phenylketonuria, a genetic disorder in which your body cannot metabolize the amino acid phenylalanine, or an autoimmune disease, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, you shouldn't use supplements containing spirulina. The supplements can worsen your symptoms associated with these conditions. Only use these dietary supplements under the supervision of your doctor, particularly if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Although most side effects associated with spirulina and chlorella are not particularly harmful, they should still be taken into consideration. Chlorella can cause you to be over-sensitive to sunlight; it can also cause bloating, cramping and diarrhea. Spirulina can also produce some uncomfortable gastrointestinal effects, including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, as well as insomnia and anxiety. Consult your doctor first if you decide to take these over-the-counter supplements, just to be safe.
SPIRULINA Shelf life
If cared for properly, our Organic Spirulina Powder has a shelf life of two to three years. To preserve the freshness of this product: Avoid exposure to heat. The powder will remain fresh if stored at room temperature or below.