What is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a hard-core superfood, an incredible source of full spectrum, non-toxic, absorbable nutrients and considered one of the most nutritious food on Earth.
It is a microscopic blue-green algae, often called nature's perfect food because of its abundant nutritional profile. It is one of the most easily digestible and quickly assimilated sources of protein and also one of the richest food sources of protein, chlorophyll and beta-carotene. It also provides the benefits of vitamins and essential minerals from a whole food.
If raw meat is 27% protein and soybeans are 34% protein, Spirulina is 65% complete protein, making it the world's highest known source! On top of that, in comparison, proteins from animals form relatively large amounts of uric acid, which can contribute to osteoporosis, gout, arthritis, lack of energy, acid body chemistry, and aging. Animal sources of protein include the flesh from any animal, all dairy products, and eggs.
Spirulina is also a highly beneficial substitute for protein powders. The protein in spirulina contains all eight essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Spirulina (a blue-green algae) also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, E, and K. In addition, spirulina provides minerals, trace minerals, cell salts, phytonutrients and enzymes, as well as an abundance of chlorophyll and other beneficial pigments.
Spirulina is a Superfood:
- Spirulina has 300% more calcium than whole milk.
- It has 2300% more iron than spinach.
- It has 3900% more beta carotene than carrots.
- It has 375% more protein than tofu (it's the highest source of protein)
- Three grams of Spirulina have more antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity than five servings of vegetables.
- Comparing phytonutrients levels, Spirulina is 31 times more potent than blueberries, 60 times more potent than spinach and 700 times more potent than apples.
From Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford: "Spirulina’s predigested protein provides building materials soon after ingestion, without the energy-draining side effects of meat protein; its mucopolysaccharides relax and strengthen connective tissue while reducing the possibility of inﬂammation; its simple carbohydrates yield immediate yet sustained energy; its GLA fatty acids improve hormonal balance; and its protein-bonded vitamins and minerals, as found in all whole foods, assimilate better than the synthetic variety. Spirulina can generally be considered an appropriate food for those who exercise vigorously, as evidenced by the many world-class athletes who use it."
The Benefits of Spirulina Include:
High Quality Protein:
Spirulina is a blue-green algae containing complete, balanced protein and a wide range of valuable nutrients. Spirulina is approximately 70% easily digestible protein. It contains 18 out of 22 amino acids and all of the essential amino acids, making it a unique vegetarian source of complete protein. Better yet, Spirulina protein is 95% digestible compared to meat sources, which are often difficult for the body to break down. In fact, beef protein is estimated to be only 20% digestible. Spirulina is a wonderful way to consume high quality protein that's easy on the body. It contains enzymes, which naturally assist in the digestion process.
Naturally Rich in Nutrients:
The complete, whole-food nutrition found in this ancient food provides an endless list of health benefits. Spirulina is particularly high in beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage. It also converts into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for healthy eyes, skin, teeth, nails, hair, bones and a strong immune system.
Spirulina is an excellent source of B vitamins, particularly vitamin B12, which is important for vegetarians. This nutritious food also contains vitamin E, a highly bioavailable source of iron, 14 naturally chelated minerals and numerous trace elements.
SuperFood for Dieters:
In addition to being one of the most nutrient-rich foods on earth, Spirulina is low in fat, calories and cholesterol. Many people have found that when they eat Spirulina before a meal, it satisfies their appetite allowing them to reduce their overall food consumption. When the body receives proper nutrition, it is far less likely to have an overactive appetite, which can lead undernourished people to eat large amounts of food. Spirulina is a nutrient rich food that will satisfy the appetite with few calories. This SuperFood can be a valuable part of any healthy weight loss program.
Spirulina is also an excellent source of complex carbohydrates. It contains glycogen and rhamnose, which are easily absorbed by the body and converted into quick energy.
This low calorie, high protein, nutritious food provides the abundant energy we need to live each day to the fullest.
Supports Natural Immunity:
Spirulina naturally contains many nutrients needed for optimum immunity such as GLA, beta-carotene and other carotenoids. This ancient food has been extensively studied to reveal its immune enhancing properties. Studies have shown that Spirulina can increase interferon levels and macrophage activity, both of which are important for a strong and active immune system. It also helps to balance your immune system activity.1,2,3
Cleanse and Detoxify:
One reason why green foods are so important is because they are high in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the pigment that gives green plants their color. Chlorophyll is very cleansing, and it works to rid the system of heavy metals and other toxins that can damage our health. For many years, people who wish to cleanse their body of impurities have periodically fasted with Spirulina.
We offer Organic Spirulina from Highly Selected vendors:
HealthForce Spirulina is grown in the U.S.A. without the use of pesticides and processed at low temperatures (to retain enzymes and other heat-sensitive elements). HealthForce offers Spirulina of unsurpassed quality at a more affordable price. HealthForce Spirulina is packaged in amber glass bottles with a metal lid and oxygen absorber for optimum nutrient preservation.
You can also find Spirulina in:
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