Superfood portrait 1: Spirulina

Spirulina

A happy mind starts with a happy body. The phrase ‘We are what we eat’ makes a lot of sense as every cell in your body will transform and use the nutrients it receives from the food you put into your system. Remember that your body is your temple and everything you eat has a bearing on your state of mind and health.

Superfoods are highly nutritive foods that provide your body with a maximum amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

One of my favourite superfoods is spirulina. Here is why.

Spirulina is a blue-green microalgae super charged with nutrients. It is perhaps the most nutritious food source known to humans and has been used all over the world for centuries for both its nutritional density and its medicinal qualities.

It has 60-70% complete protein! That is more protein than beef, chicken or soybeans. Spirulina contains amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins (E, B, A, K and C), minerals such as iron, zinc, copper, magnesium and selenium, antioxidants, and is a great source of Beta carotene. The latter is then converted into vitamin A, needed for healthy teeth, bones, mucous membranes, skin and eyes.

Fatty acids are responsible for healthy skin, hair and metabolism and may protect you from some chronic diseases, such as hypertension, and high blood pressure. Spirulina helps combat free radicals which have been associated with the development of diseases, such as cancer, arthritis, heart disease, cataracts and premature aging. It also boosts your immune system by fighting off infections. Spirulina also protects the brain and detoxifies the liver and kidneys. It balances pH to reduce inflammation.

Spirulina is highly digestible, aids in mineral absorption and reduces cholesterol. As Spirulina is a source of vitality and life energy, you will notice an increase and overall health.

Spirulina is a fantastic food supplement to a vegetarian or vegan diet. I have been supplementing my diet with Spirulina for the last 6 years on and off and I do feel more energy and an overall wellbeing when I take it.

If you don’t like tablets, Spirulina is available in powdered form. Ask at your health food store.

How to use it?

• sprinkle it on your juices, smoothies or salads.

• take tablets with food

By adding superfoods gradually into your diet, you will quickly notice your energy level and overall heath improve.

 

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