Spirulina – Nature’s MultiVitamin?

Thursday, March 8th 2018 Health, Supplements

The incredible microalgae, Spirulina, is thought to have been a food source for the Aztecs over 400 years ago [1]. It became famous after being used successfully as a food source for astronauts on space missions [2].

Used as a health food supplement for its dense nutritional value, Spirulina is a rich source of protein (60-70% by weight), amino acids, essential fatty acids, gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), vitamins and minerals including B12, non-haem iron and beta-carotene, it is also a rich source of many other beneficial phytochemicals [1]

Spirulina has immune-modulating and anti-inflammatory actions by inhibiting the release of histamine [2]. And these are just two of the many benefits of taking spirulina!

It is important to know where your spirulina is grown, because microalgae has the potential to absorb toxins and pollutants in the environment it is grown in, there may be concerns about toxicity. There are some very good Spirulina products on the market that disclose information about where it is grown and how it is produced, so make sure you do your research when it comes to choosing a brand. You will really want to get to know your spirulina, because not all spirulina’s are created equal, but when you take the right one you will really reap the benefits!

Information collected from the following sources:

[1] http://cdn.intechopen.com/pdfs/28916/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136577/