Health Benefits of Spirulina – More than a Algae

Benefits of Spirulina

Benefits of SpirulinaIn this Article, we are going to be talking about the health benefits of spirulina, a super blue-green algae with just tremendous, tremendous benefits. Spirulina is something that we use every single day for my health.

We’ll talk about not only the benefits, but how to use it here, at the end of this Article. So spirulina is typically grown  in Africa and Mexico, also in Hawaii. In fact, the purest spirulina typically comes out Hawaii today.

Spirulina, more than a algae

Spirulina - more than a algaeActually, in fact, it’s not really just an algae. It’s also known as a cyanobacteria. So, in a way, it’s a probiotic.

A lot of people don’t realize that about it, but it’s a probiotic that is great for your digestive system, and it can actually increase the growth of other probiotics and good microbes in your gut.

It’s one of the unique properties about it. But spirulina is known as being one of the top super foods in the world today, and one of the reasons is it has a really unique nutrition profile.

It is loaded with chlorophyll, which helps alkalize your body. It’s also loaded with B vitamins, vitamin K, and also minerals like zinc and magnesium. So again, it’s really incredible if you look at that nutritional profile.

Also it’s one of your highest plant-based sources of protein. So if you’re vegan or a vegetarian, it’s a great way to get more quality protein in your diet because it has a great amino acid profile.

What are the Benefits of Spirulina?

Spirulina DetoxSpirulina detoxify your body

In fact, a recent study found that it detoxifies your body of the heavy metal arsenic. By the way, of all the heavy metals, we probably get more arsenic in our diet than any other heavy metal.

The reason being is pesticides today, especially foods that are sprayed with pesticides in China, have loads and loads of arsenic in them. Spirulina helps detoxify your body of that. Now, if you have too much arsenic in your system, it causes liver failure.

It’s been linked to kidney degeneration. Also it’s been linked to neurological issues like dementia and a number of other brain and neurological health issues.

So again, detoxifying your body is critical. Spirulina medically proven to detoxify your body of arsenic.

Spirulina protects against radiation poisoning

spirulina_spoon_radiationAnother medical study out of the journal Chemosphere actually found that spirulina protects your body against radiation poisoning.

We’ve all heard of Fukushima and some of the others. We’re exposed to radiation from microwaves to cell phones to things in our food supply on a regular basis.

Spirulina has been shown to protect your body against radiation poisoning and help detoxify your body there.

So obviously, a lot of benefits and that’s one of the reasons why we take it every single day.

We didn’t mention this earlier with the heavy metals, but we had somebody ask us recently, Can I eat fish? Because some fish have many heavy metals.

Well, one of the ways you can get around that, or even if you do eat a healthier or wild-caught fish like salmon, if you are worried about the metals, have either of scoop of Green Superfood Powder with spirulina in it or a few spirulina tablets, and that will actually help protect your body against the heavy metals or if you’re worried about radiation in the fish from the Pacific Ocean.” So great benefits there.

Spirulina help fight cancer

Also, spirulina has been shown to help fight cancer, big reason because of its detoxification benefits. Also it can help increase the antioxidant in your body called glutathione, which is critical for your health.

And last, but not least, it’s a nutritional powerhouse. It’s been shown to help lower cholesterol, balance blood pressure levels, fight diabetes.

Nutrient dense food – Spirulina

There’s hardly anything out there, a health condition, that spirulina doesn’t help with. It’s also something we recommend to patients for boosting their energy levels.

If you’re a person that sort of gets tired during the day, waking up first thing in the morning, do a green drink with spirulina, and then around the time in the afternoon, a lot of people hit that or coma, start getting tired, spirulina is great for that.

How to use Spirulina

how to use spirulinaThe number one way and the way to use it is to add a simple scoop of that.

Whether that’s a combination formula, like a Green Superfood, or spirulina by itself, add it to a superfood smoothie for breakfast. Also sometimes we’ll make green pancakes with it.

So we’ll add it to that and some other things. If you don’t love the taste, it actually has a very refreshing taste, but if you don’t like it, then you can actually just get it in capsule form and take it that way.

But again, if you want to detoxify your body of heavy metals, if you want to detox some radiation, if you want to boost your energy levels, fight cancer, and get one of the most complete superfoods that has protein, vitamins and minerals, and loaded with antioxidants and chlorophyll, then the health benefits of spirulina are absolutely for you.

Is Garlic Healthy and a True Superfood?

Garlic Healthy

Is Garlic HealthyThe term “superfood” is often overused, given to foods that don’t necessarily deserve it. We try to avoid using the word, but sometimes certain foods do stick out more than others. Based on the current research, it seems that garlic might be stepping up to the superfood podium soon.

Garlic, as you may know, is an immensely popular food commonly used as seasoning for its distinctly imposing flavor. However, not often do we speak of its health benefits.

The Health Benefits of Garlic

When we look at research, it does seem that the benefits are indeed vast. The benefit that might be most fascinating is the increase of nitric oxide.

Garlic Increases Nitric Oxide

nitric-oxideOne study found that consuming two grams of garlic cloves was associated with a 385% increase of circulating nitric oxide.

Nitric oxide has been shown to promote vasodilation, increasing blood flow and oxygen to smooth muscles, and possibly improving nutrient delivery to your skeletal muscles. In turn, it potentially improves exercise performance and muscle recovery.

The increased nitric oxide is also connected to the increase of circulating interferon-alpha, an important signaling protein that have shown to combat viruses, bacteria, and parasites.

It’s also known to be a general anti-cancer protein for its stimulation of the immune system to help slow down cancer cell proliferation.

Garlic Reduces Blood Pressure

garlic-blood-pressureGarlic has also been shown to reduce blood pressure for hypertensive subjects by as much as 5-10%, with more consistency in reducing systolic blood pressure than diastolic.

This can be huge benefit for those at risk of high blood pressure.

Speaking of… pressure, some studies also suggest that garlic can be… “pro” erectile, improving the performance of the male sex organ.

Hydrogen sulfide, one of the components in garlic, itself is found within the sex organ and is theorized to open potassium channels that allow greater blood engorgement to the organ.

Some even call garlic the “vegetable Viagra.”

More Health Benefits of Garlic

Other potential garlic benefits based on preliminary research is reducing triglyceride levels, increasing levels of the anti-oxidant glutathione, increasing T-cell levels for improved immunity, and reducing arterial plaque buildup, especially for women.

Garlic & Cholesterol

But perhaps the most consistently significant benefit of garlic is reducing total cholesterol. Three different meta-analyses found, on average, a 10% reduction of total cholesterol in hyperlipidemic subjects when given garlic.

Further research found that garlic is particularly good at reducing low-density lipoprotein, also known as the “bad” cholesterol. Some show slight increases in high-density lipoprotein, aka good cholesterol, but not as reliably as lowering LDL.

How much Garlic should I use?

how much garlic to eatAs far as how much you should consume, according to the research site Examine.com, many of the benefits can achieved by eating a single clove of garlic 2-3 times a day, which can easily be done by adding it to your major meals.

And it’s best prepared by first chopping or crushing it to allow the beneficial compounds to activate. Avoid microwaving, as that might destroy the beneficial components. Grill or roast garlic instead. Also, don’t eat too much of it, as it can be toxic.

General guideline is stay below roughly 20 grams of garlic for the average male, which is roughly 7 cloves.

After all of this information, does garlic deserve the superfood title?

In our opinion… yes, at least more so than most others that have been called superfoods. The benefits are quite astounding.

Good thing that we are a fan of its flavor and hopefully reaping its benefits already. And if you’re not a fan already, then maybe all of this information might change your mind.

If you do start eating garlic more often, just be care of the power of your… breath.