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Spirulina Powder: 8 Super Benefits

Updated on December 19, 2011
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Spirulina Powder Benefits

Spirulina is considered a super food because it is a potent source of nutrients. It contains as much as 70% protein, and is a good source of chlorophyll, B-complex vitamins, vitamin E, and iron. Spirulina also contains more beta-carotene than carrots as well as the essential fatty acid known as GLA.

Used since ancient times for its many nutritional benefits, spirulina continues to be used today as an antiviral, an antioxidant, a lipid-lowering agent and as an aid for weight loss. Spirulina (spirulina plantensis), is a type of blue-green algae that grows in warm, alkaline waters.

Following is a list of the many benefits of using spirulina

1 - Anti-aging - Easily digested, powdered spirulina is filled with antioxidants. The beta carotene in spirulina is beneficial for good vision and eye health. Iron-rich and a low fat protein, spirulina can be an ideal meat substitute. Sprirulina also builds lactobacillus in the gut, and aids in the assimilation of food as well as elimination - which helps relieve constipation.

2 - Immunity - For strengthening the immune system, spirulina powder helps the body produce additional red and white blood cells. It also helps the body's natural ability to cleanse and detoxify.

3 - During Pregnancy - Spirulina powder is a beneficial supplement to use during pregnancy because it provides protection against iron-deficiency anemia and provides needed protein.

4 - For Infants and Children - Spirulina has been studied as a nutritional food supplement to prevent malnutrition. Spirulina is also a good source of iron for children with iron-deficiency anemia.

5 - Type 2 Diabetes - Spirulina is also being studied for type 2 diabetes mellitus because it shows promise for reducing fasting blood sugar levels.

6 - Nasal Allergies - Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, spirulina powder has shown improvements in certain aspects of nasal allergies.

7- For weight loss - Spirulina has long been marketed as an appetite suppressant.

8 - Pets - Spirulina powder is sold as a supplement for fish, birds, dogs, cats and other pets. Dogs and cats taking spirulina have healthier skin, a more lustrous coat and fresher breath. Spirulina is also added to many premium aquarium foods to improve growth, color, and survival rates.

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    • TheListLady profile imageAUTHOR

      TheListLady 

      6 years ago from New York City

      A pure powder should not, brenda - but please always read the ingredients label - it may be a mixed product or a health drink or anything really - other than pure spirulina. I don't like the idea of soy added to any product. It's too likely to be a GM soy.

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      brenda 

      6 years ago

      Does this powder contain soy?

    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Another great and useful hub ListLady! I must look for this the next time I visit my local health food store. Thank you! I love that it is so good for infants and children and that it is so beneficial during pregnancy. Rated it up!

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      CountryCityWoman 

      7 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

      I can certainly use some kind of tonic now - so I think I will look for this. Thanks a million and rated up.

    • theherbivorehippi profile image

      theherbivorehippi 

      7 years ago from Holly, MI

      This is available as a powder? Do you mix it with water and drink or add it to food? I am going to have to look for some of this...never head of it. You know..I'm always looking for something natural and super-healing. lol I love that it's safe for pets too!

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      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Maybe I will get some and use it as a spring tonic. Nice hub and thanks for all the information. Rated up!

    • Ingenira profile image

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      I love to consume spirulina, it has so many health benefits and you have presented them very well here. :) Good work !

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      Tamarajo 

      7 years ago

      Never heard of it. Thanks for the useful information. I will be looking into it further.

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      anglnwu 

      7 years ago

      Looks like spirulina is a supper superfood. I've yet to try it but it seems beneficial, so I definitely should be looking out for them in health stores.

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