I’m always looking for things that can help increase my vitality and make me feel great inside and out. My latest find is Spirulina, a form of Algae found in tropical and sub-tropical bodies of water that is a great source of all kinds of vitamins and minerals. Before you back out of this post wondering why I’m promoting eating algae, something most people avoid in water, check out these interesting facts about Spirulina.
- Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids, antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. It contains nutrients, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid).
- A number of studies suggest that Spirulina increases production of antibodies, infection-fighting proteins, and other cells that improve immunity and help ward off infection and chronic illnesses such as cancer.
- Amino acids make up 62% of Spirulina.
- Spirulina is said to be the world’s richest source of vitamin B12, (needed, especially by vegetarians, for healthy red blood cells).
- Spirulina can increase energy and decrease fatigue.
As with anything, if you are going to give Spirulina a try, make sure you get it from a trusted brand. Many lesser-known brands are said to be contaminated by environmental toxins. The brand I use is Nutrex-Hawaii Spirulina Pacific, which can be found at Whole Foods Market and most health food stores. According to their site:
“Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica® is a unique superior strain of Spirulina with the highest known nutritional content in the world. It’s all natural, 100% vegetarian, Kosher Certified, and Non-GMO. It’s the only Spirulina cultured in a Biosecure Zone free of herbicides and pesticides on the sunny Kona coast of Hawaii. Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica thrives in ponds fed with 100% fresh potable water from Hawaiian aquifers and pure, deep ocean water drawn from 2000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. This ultra-pure, deep ocean water enriches Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica with 94 trace minerals and is a unique natural resource used in our patented Ocean Chill Drying™ technology which ensures maximum nutrient potency.”
Personally, I have been taking Spirulina for a few weeks and have been feeling great. Coincidence? Perhaps – but it is enough to make me want to stick with it and see what benefits it has in store for me. I bought the powder form, and have been adding it to my daily green smoothie.
Have you tried Spirulina? Would you try it?
*As always, this post is my opinion only and should never take place of your doctor’s advice. Ask your doctor about drug interactions before taking any new nutritional supplement!