What is the easiest way to add something green, natural, anti-inflammatory, immunostimulating and purifying to your life, to clear the grayness of your urban daily life soaked in traffic, congestion and stress? Is there any other way than to drink huge green spinach smoothies all day, every day, or to eat kale at every meal? I like kale and spinach, don’t get me wrong, but if I have to eat them every day, three times a day, I naturally get tired of them. What to do then, if we do not want to watch the same green cup or bowl daily and on duty? Is there an easy solution? Definitely there is one! For me, this was the discovery of spirulina.
Spirulina is the most nutritious food on the planet.
Spirulina is a super, super star among superfoods. There is a reason! It is full of various nutrients and antioxidants that are extremely beneficial to your body and brain. So many that only 3-4 grams of it or a spoon successfully replace the green salads you need to eat for the day. It also successfully replaces most of the handful of synthetic vitamins that you drink every morning and supply you with all these vitamins (A, C, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9), minerals (iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, manganese and zinc), phytonutrients, protein – yes, leafy greens are extremely rich in protein, and in spirulina the quality of the protein is wonderful, comparable to eggs. Also, the protein concentration in it is three times higher than in red meat, fish and chicken. This makes it a frequent choice of vegans and vegetarians. Spirulina is probably the most nutritious food on the planet. It was consumed by the ancient Aztecs, but became popular again when NASA suggested that it could be grown in space for food for astronauts.
The anti-inflammatory properties of spirulina
I personally discovered spirulina more than 10 years ago and it saved me from the permanent infections that can happen to you when you have a small child who is in contact with all kinds of viruses and bacteria. In addition to reducing inflammation in the body, there are studies that spirulina stimulates the T cells of the immune system, which are the real killers of viruses. The result for me was a much easier and faster course of each cold and the non-development of a bacterial infection, or in short, I did not have to take an antibiotic for more than 7 years. Taking spirulina for a viral infection also follows my doctor’s instructions.
Unlike inflammation caused by viruses, chronic inflammation can be caused when the body tries to get rid of harmful substances such as toxins from smoking or polluted city air. Elevated levels of chronic inflammation are also associated with excess fat, especially around the belly. Chronic inflammation can damage blood vessels, nerves and guts. It can eventually lead to chronic diseases. Spirulina has been tested for its anti-inflammatory properties and can successfully help the body counteract all this.
The antioxidant properties of spirulina
Antioxidants are powerful substances that protect our cells from damage. Spirulina is one of the richest natural sources of antioxidants. A number of studies show that spirulina is the richest beta-carotene plant, it contains 25 times more beta-carotene than raw carrots. Carotenoids are substances that protect the skin from sunburn and the harmful effects of UV rays. It is also three times richer in vitamin E than raw wheat germ. Spirulina also contains a lot of chlorophyll, which has so many health benefits that we can easily compare it to a magic wand, although it is the most common ingredient in our diet. It is recommended to take it daily through food. The unique blue pigment – phycocyanin is rare in food and has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Spirulina in improving health
There are studies that spirulina lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and raises good cholesterol (HDL). The regulation of bad cholesterol is especially strong in “oily” liver. There is also a significant decrease in triglycerides in certain groups that suffer from metabolic syndrome or similar diseases.
Spirulina is very powerful in cleansing the body of unnecessary contaminants such as heavy metals.
In allergic rhinitis, spirulina significantly improves nasal congestion and reduces secretion.
What kind of spirulina should we take?
I personally can’t stand the taste of spirulina powder. It is specific and not for everyone. I prefer spirulina tablets. Due to its natural ability to stick, they are obtained only by pressing and do not contain other substances. Regarding the quantities, follow the instructions on the package or consult your doctor.
When to take spirulina?
It is recommended to consume it in the morning until noon, as spirulina has an energizing effect and can wake you up if you take it in the evening.