Spirulina is often referred to as a ‘superfood’ as it contains all eight essential amino acids plus more than 100 nutrients and antioxidants.
Spirulina is a one-celled, fresh water, blue-green algae that thrives in warm alkaline water. It is 69 per cent complete protein with all the essential amino acids in perfect balance. In comparison, beef is only 22 per cent protein.
Spirulina is one of the few plant sources of Vitamin B12 and also contains essential fatty acids and iron in an easily absorbable form. Unlike other blue/green algae, Spirulina lacks cellulose cell walls, making it more easily digested. In fact, it is now used by NASA for their voyage nutrition.
Spirulina encourages the growth of the beneficial bacteria L Acidophillus, while suppressing bad bacteria in the gut. Research has shown that just two grams of spirulina per day can cure symptoms of gastric ulcers as the chlorophyll helps coat the irritated stomach lining and reduce tissue inflammation. It also helps with constipation.
Spirulina is a very low glycaemic index food, and as it is a valuable source of the amino acid phenylalanine, which is believed to suppress appetite by acting on the appetite centre in the brain, it can be used by anyone as an aid to help weight loss. For this purpose, it is recommended to take spirulina in between meals when feeling peckish.
Spirulina is a good healthy source of protein for recovery after exercise. It has also been shown also to stimulate the immune system by increasing the amount of antibodies, boosts the liver’s recuperative powers, and has been found to be effective against herpes.
Spirulina can be added to smoothies any time of day and has no known contraindications. Powder tablets are available. Spirulina is inexpensive at less than €10 for 100 tablets.
Susan of Au Naturel recommends Sara’s Choice Spirulina as it is an Irish-owned company with every batch of Spirulina independently tested and certified heavy metal and radiation safe.
For further information contact Susan at Au Naturel Health Foods, Irishtown, on (090 ) 6487993.