- Alternative & Natural Medicine»
- Alternative & Natural Supplements
Spirulina Powder: 8 Super Benefits
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.
For more healthy lists see links below:
The Healthy Lists
- 3 Common Beverages With Super Health Benefits
The 3 beverages listed below are in the news everyday now: coffee, beer and wine. All ancient drinks and all with even more newy realized health benefits. The 3 Beverages: Coffee - It is now revealed that...
- 4 Anti-fungal Spices and Their Uses
Spices have been used for centuries for their many medicinal properties - while today they are commonly used in food preparation without knowledge of their many healthy benefits. For food preparation the...
- Garlic: 5 Other Super Benefits
As a food and medicine, the benefits of garlic have been known and used for thousands of years. Garlic has antioxidant benefits which help destroy free radicals - those particles that are known to damage cell...
- 5 Natural Wildflower Remedies
Not only are flowers beautiful to look at, they also have healing properties. Like herbs and spices, wildflowers are also being used for medicinal purposes. (See slide show to identify wildflowers). Listed...
- 5 Medicinal Benefits of the Jujube Fruit
Mention jujubes to an American, and we think of the candy we buy in the movie theater. Big, over-priced boxes of those little gummy things (see photo). However, the jujube fruit has long been known to have...
- Chia Seeds: 8 Healthy Benefits
8 Benefits of Chia Seeds Chances are you know those wonderful Chia Pets sold every year at Christmas time. Turns out those sprouted pets start out as healthy chia seeds and happen to be super nutritious....
- 8 Healthy Nuts and Their Benefits
Nuts are by far one of the healthiest snack foods, according to a variety of studies, and may even have more healthy benefits than many vegetables and fruits. In fact, walnuts provide necessary omega-3 fatty...
- 8 Super Health Benefits of Asparagus
Asparagus has so many health benefits, it should be added to the healthy diet. Asparagus is great as a detox vegetable, an anti-aging vegetable, and no surprise - an aphrodisiac, and much more. The asparagus...
- 9 Herbs to Increase Energy
Need a natural way to increase energy? Try herbs. Herbs have been used as medicine for hundreds of years for a variety of health reasons - including enhancing energy. Herbs that are used to boost energy...
- Top 10 Apple Cider Vinegar Beauty Benefits
There are numerous beauty benefits that come along with Apple Cider Vinegar. It promotes better circulation, gives your skin a healthy glow and acts as an antiseptic. Apple Cider Vinegar is beneficial and...
- 10 Cooking Herbs and Spices That Aid in Digestion
Many of the common herbs and spices we regularly use for cooking are beneficial for digestion. Digestion is extremely important because it makes many of our organs work together to absorb, break down and...
- 12 Herbal Teas with Healthy Benefits
Herbal teas are also known as tisanes* and herbal infusions. Herbs have long been used in traditional medicine, and as a tea, is often prescribed by herbalists. If something ails you, there may be an herbal...