Spirulina is a superfood you may not much about yet. Here I’m going to detail some of its amazing benefits for beauty and overall health! One of the greatest things about it is that it’s extremely easy to add into your daily routine, and you only need a small amount (usual suggestion is a teaspoon-tablespoon) to get incredible benefits. For more vitamin suggestions, check out my article on 6 essential vitamins.
What exactly is spirulina?
Spirulina a natural blue-green algae that’s very high in protein, iron, antioxidants, B-vitamins and many other nutrients. It is harvested in ponds and bodies of water that are warm and alkaline. The history of spirulina as a food source stretches all the way back to the Aztecs and Mesoamericans.
Typical serving: 20-50 CALORIES
- very high in protein
- contains all the essential amino acids
- high in B-vitamins
- low fat ratio – the fat in it is composed of omega-3s & omega-6s
- very high in iron
- good source of Vitamin E & Vitamin K
- high in manganese, copper, and magnesium
If you look online, you can find that spirulina basically helps with everything, but I’ve narrowed it down here to the more documented benefits.
- Helps prevent cancer*
- Improves HIV/AIDS
- Reduces inflammation
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces cholesterol
- Elevates energy
- Antibacterial properties
- Helps treat allergies
- Reduces chance of stroke
- Beneficial for eye health
- Can aid in weight loss
- Great vegan source of protein & iron
*Let’s delve into the cancer prevention a bit further. Spirulina increases the production of antibodies and other cells that improve immunity, and in addition it deters infections and chronic diseases. It also inhibits excess cell division.
Skin & Hair Benefits
Spirulina is jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, fatty acids, etc. These are all elements which are essential to healthy, youthful skin.
It’s particularly effective for anti-aging due to several elements of its makeup, including l-tyrosine. You can learn more about l-tyrosine’s anti-aging abilities here.
The unique composition of spirulina also enables it to be quite beneficial for hair growth, hair health and the treatment of dandruff. Whether ingested or applied topically, spirulina can help you attain luscious hair.
Spirulina is a wonderful choice for a simple way to improve your health and vitality. It comes in many forms from tablets to powders. Find which one you like best. Here’s one to get you started: