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7 Reasons To Take Spirulina For Your Health
Spirulina is a single-celled, blue-green algae, which thrives in warm, alkaline fresh water. It is one of nature's most concentrated sources of vegetarian nutrition. According to Dr. Ritchason, ND, this super-food yields 20 times more protein than soybeans, 400 times more protein than beef. It is a complete protein, with all 22 amino acids, the entire vitamin B-complex, including B12 (one teaspoon supplies 2 1/2 times the RDA), carotenes, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. Spirulina also contains antioxidants, chlorophyll, and phycocyanobilin. It is commonly used as a source of vegan and vegetarian protein. All these nutrients in spirulina are easy to digest and absorb.Health Benefits of Spirulina
According to many health experts, spirulina is said to help with the following health problems: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, fatigue, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, as well as viral infections, allergies, diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia, and allergic rhinitis. Spirulina is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Anyone benefits from taking spirulina. Here are Leilah's top 7 reasons why someone may benefit from taking spirulina:
- Adds extra nutrients to your daily diet for optimal health and energy
- Helps with weight loss - may be used as a meal replacement
- Improves gut health and the health of the whole digestive system
- Supports heart and cardiovascular health
- Balances blood sugar
- Improves mental health
- Removes heavy metals in the body
Spirulina is available in capsules, as well as powder. The suggested dosage for a person of about 150 lbs is 1-2 capsules 1-3 times daily, and the suggested dosage for the powder is 1/4 tsp in some water, juice or shake, 1-3 times daily. The appropriate dosage depends on your age, activity levels, diet and medical history. The first time you ingest spirulina you may experience a detoxifying reaction. Start with a small amount at first, then increase to find the right dosage for your body.
There are very few known side effects associated with the use of spirulina. But, as with all herbs and herbal products, it is important to ask your health-care practitioner before using spirulina to discuss whether it's appropriate for you and whether it can be taken in combination with other medications and/ or supplements.