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The Benefits of Spirulina

by Health News

If ever there was a natural dietary supplement that you should be taking, spirulina is it. Not only is it a real food source of many important, disease-fighting nutrients, it has solid scientific evidence behind it as a therapeutic agent.

Spirulina is one-celled microscopic blue-green algae with the scientific name Arthrospira platensis. It can be found in many freshwater environments, including ponds, lakes, and rivers.The amazing properties of spirulina could take up many, many pages, so here are just a few of them:

It is a rich source of iron. Iron is essential for survival, yet is the most common mineral deficiency. Spirulina is rich in iron, magnesium and trace minerals, and is easier to absorb than iron supplements because it comes from a food source.

It is one of the richest sources of beta carotene there is. Spirulina contains a broad spectrum of carotenoids (the pigments in fruits and vegetables). This is important because the different carotenoids work synergistically throughout the body providing powerful antioxidant protection. Spirulina has 10 times more beta carotene than carrots!

It is an excellent source of Vitamin B-12. Vitamin B-12 is essential for healthy nerves and tissue. This is especially good news for vegetarians, because this vitamin is often lacking in vegetarian diets.

It is a rich source of GLA (gamma linoleic acids). GLA is a chemical found naturally in breast milk. It is believed to help the bodies of malnourished people absorb nutrients when they were previously unable to.

Do you want to incorporate Spirulina into your daily regimen? 

*http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16944194

**http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16372368

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