Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
Spirulina is a type of bacterium called a Cynobacterium (obtain their energy through photosynthesis). They’re blue-green algae, and are thought to be one of the planet’s oldest life forms. In warm climates, spirulina thrives naturally in alkaline lake water. It is now also cultivated in a controlled setting. Spirulina is a microscopic algae with a diameter of only 0.1mm. It is a viable food crop due to its quick growth.
Nutritional Benefits of Spirulina
Spirulina is a nutrient-dense ‘super’ food! They may be small, but they pack a nutritional punch, providing folate, zinc, selenium, chromium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin D, E, and K, calcium, iron, betacarotene, chorophyll, and fatty acids, as well as being high in protein (60-70 percent) and considered a complete protein because it contains all of the essential amino acids.
Spirulina is also a very good source of gamma- linolenic acid (GLA), an omega 6 fatty acid and contains a good amount of alpha- linolenic acid (ALA), an omega 3 fatty acid. These are two essential polyunsaturated fatty acids which your body can’t function without. It is vital that your body maintains a healthy ratio between omega-3s (ALA) and omega-6s (GLA). GLA and ALA are anti-inflammatories, and ALA also possesses neuro-protective and anti-depressant properties.
What are the health benefits of including Spirulina in your diet?
As we can see …Spirulina is a potent source of nutrients. It contains a powerful plant-based protein called phycocyanin. Research shows this may have antioxidant, pain-relief, anti-inflammatory, and brain-protective properties. DNA repair, cholesterol levels, cellular communication, blood sugar regulation, and energy production are all thought to benefit from spirulina. It also functions as a natural detoxifier.
And when it comes to fertility…..
Spirulina is a great source of antioxidants, a complete source of protein and contains numerous nutrients that are great for fertility and pregnancy. Spirulina consumption does not alter insulin levels, which makes it safe for those with PCOS, or diabetes-related infertility….why not include some in your meal planning?
How can I include it in my diet?
Try adding a teaspoon of Spirulina into your smoothie, yogurt or juice at breakfast time.
NOTE: Do not take Spirulina if you are allergic to seafood or seaweed or suffer from hyperparathyroidism.
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