Where is Organika spirulina grown? What is spirulina powder used for? Spirulina effects on body? Best way to take spirulina powder? - Answering your most common questions.
Known as the most nutrient dense food on the planet, Spirulina has been around for a really long time. It has been harvested for consumption for centuries, being used by the Aztecs as early as the 16th century. African origins of Spirulina consumption date back to the 9th century in the Lake Chad area.
So, what is Spirulina exactly? Well, to put it quite plainly - Spirulina is pond scum. Seriously, that is exactly what it is. You know that algae which is commonly found floating on top of ponds? Yup, that’s it. Typically, spirulina is found in South America and Africa, but it can be harvested all around the world in a range of different climates. Spirulina is outrageously high in protein, by weight it contains 65 to 75 percent protein and is a fantastic source of antioxidants, B-vitamins and other nutrients. Because of its high concentration of protein and iron, Spirulina is an excellent supplement during pregnancy, post surgery or for anyone who needs a boost to their immune system. Besides its high protein content, Spirulina is one of the few foods which naturally contains GLA. GLA is an essential fatty acid which is widely known for its anti-inflammatory properties
What is spirulina powder used for?
Spirulina is used for a wide variety of reasons across the world, here are a just a few of the benefits of spirulina:
- Helps fight malnutrition
In the West spirulina is a specialized health food product, but it can be used to fight malnutrition and to empower farmers in developing countries. Research suggests that spirulina could be the solution to Africa's malnutrition crisis. Affecting 1 in 4 children across the globe, malnutrition simply cannot be ignored. Being so rich in nutrients, the UN recommends Spirulina to fight malnutrition. Spirulina has the highest density of protein in comparison to any other food on the planet. It is 65-75 percent protein by weight and contains all the 8 essential amino acids necessary for human health. Spirulina has successfully been used by NASA as a dietary supplement for astronauts on space missions, that’s right - Spirulina in space!
- Detoxing Heavy Metals
Toxic heavy metals to the likes of mercury, aluminum, copper, lead, arsenic, nickel and many more are hidden tormentors that find their way into our bodies and wreak mayhem. These heavy metals are said to cause ADHD, ADD, autism, depression, OCD, mood disorders, Alzheimer’s, and much more. Studies have shown that supplementing spirulina and zinc to those with high levels of these toxic substances, reduce toxic heavy metals by as much as 47 percent. Spirulina is shown to draw out heavy metals from your brain, central nervous system, and liver. Other ways to get rid of toxins in your body can be found here.
- Fights Allergies
Spirulina is shown to act as a natural antihistamine. A study published in an issue of the Journal of Medicinal Food indicated that spirulina made a significant improvement in patients with nasal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis. Spirulina stops the release of histamine, which contributes to symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
- Lowers Cholesterol
Heart disease is currently the number one killer across the globe. Recent studies have shown that spirulina naturally lowers LDL (the bad) cholesterol and triglycerides, while raising HDL (the good) cholesterol. In a study of 25 people with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams per day of spirulina significantly improved their LDL levels. Other studies have shown that as little as 1 gram per day lowers triglyceride levels by as much as 16.3%.
- Lowers Blood Sugar
Researchers have found evidence that spirulina helps type 2 diabetes patients manage their blood sugar levels. What the researchers found is that those with type 2 diabetes who took spirulina for two months had improved blood sugar and lipid profiles.
Best way to use spirulina powder?
Depending on the type of Spirulina product you have, there are a variety of ways to take spirulina.
If you have purchased spirulina tablets or capsules:
- Check the directions to see how many pills are recommended.
- Take the recommended daily dosage with water.
If you have purchased a drink mix or powder:
- Check the directions to see how many servings a day are recommended. Usually you take around 1-2 teaspoons total per day.
- Measure out the amount you need for each serving and add that much to your smoothie, juice drink, etc.
Spirulina powder is quite versatile and can be used in various recipes, Organika Spirulina Powder is a favourite - here is a link to Organika’s Zesty Spirulina Smoothie to get you started.
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