Why You Must Add Spirulina To Your Smoothies
By Drew Canole
Chlorophyll, protein, iron, Vitamin C, D, A, E, B12, all amino acids, folic acid, potassium, calcium
Spirulina is a natural algae powder.
Studies have been done that show components in spirulina have definite neuroprotective benefits and may have potential as an alternative drug therapy in aging related disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease.
At a university in India, researchers tested the effects of daily administrations of spirulina powder on rats who were induced with Parkinsonism. The different measurements taken throughout the study improved significantly after the use of spirulina powder.
“Both the body rotations (ipsilateral and contralateral) were found to have a statistically significant decrease by 34.26 and 52 % after treatment with spirulina (Twice a day) in spirulina treated lesioned group….Similar results were also seen in antioxidant levels which later on reached to the normal value. The levels of dopamine content had a statistically significant increase by 78.3 % only in case of spirulina with amantadine treated lesioned group”
Spirulina has been found to have incredibly high levels of antioxidants. It has 4 times the ORAC (or antioxidant value) of blueberries!
Antioxidants are vital to fighting excess free radicals in the body that otherwise wreak havoc on cells and cause various diseases as well as premature signs of aging.
A study done to test the methanolic extracts of three different substances, including spirulina, found that spirulina has the highest synergistic rates (86.65%) and was effective in reducing nucleation and aggregation of calcium oxalate by 60%-80%.
Spirulina is a good source of gamma linoleic acid (GLA – an essential fatty acid) that is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Inflammation is a major cause/contributor to a number of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.
Spirulina is being studied extensively for its ability to help with inflammatory diseases.
“The antioxidant and/or antiinflammatory activities of Spirulina have been demonstrated in a large number of preclinical studies…Although differences in study design, sample size and patient conditions resulting in minor inconsistency in response to Spirulina supplementation, the findings from human clinical trials are largely consistent with the hypolipidemic effects of Spirulina observed in the preclinical studies.”
Studies have shown that spirulina may be a good food for helping manage symptoms of diabetes.
A Korean study found that spirulina has beneficial effects on blood lipids, cholesterol and plasma of diabetic patients.
“This study provides the evidence for beneficial effects of spirulina supplementation on blood lipid profiles, inflammatory variables, and antioxidant capacity in Korean patients with type 2 diabetes. The results suggest that spirulina is a promising agent as a functional food for diabetes management.”
Spirulina is believed to boost the reproductive system from having therapeutic effects on reproductive cycles as well as supporting actual fetal development and embryopathy.
In a study done at Nagaland University in India, researchers found that spirulina significantly improved reproductive performance in diabetic/hypoglycemic mice.
Another study done in Mexico found that Spirulina is safe to use for reproductive purposes and is not toxic to parents or potential infants.
“Spirulina is a rich source of protein and vitamins, especially vitamin B12, minerals, carotenoids, and phycocyanins. Its safety as food has been established through toxicological study (Salazar et al., 1996).”
Spirulina is extremely high in chlorophyll, which is a natural detoxifier and cleanser that removes foreign material (heavy metals, toxins etc.) from the body. It is also believed to boost the immune system.
How To Enjoy Spirulina
Always choose organic or you risk eating Spirulina with additives. Most people take it in powder form by adding it to smoothies or juices. It generally tastes like pond water and is best when mixed with other fruits and veggies. Add to chilled coconut water for a great energy boost!
We use Spirulina as an important ingredient in our Organifi Green Superfood powder, which is not only loaded with nutritious ingredients, but it also tastes amazing!
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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