Do ‘superfoods’ exist? They do, and Spirulina is truly worthy of the superfood title.
Incredibly healthy and nutritious, spirulina is a wonderful addition to your family’s diet, both for children and adults. Spirulina also provides many benefits as you age.
You’ll be pleased to learn that our Mountain Organic SPIRULINA is not only sustainably grown, it’s certified organic, and contains no animal products, chemicals, or any other nasties, and the tablets contain NO additives or excipients.
But what is Spirulina?
What is Spirulina?
The Aztecs of long ago South America used Spirulina to boost their endurance, it’s been used as a food source for thousands of years. (1)
A microscopic, spiral shaped, blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, Spirulina is highly nutritious. It contains all the essential amino acids, protein, carbohydrate, and a little good fat.
Look at Spirulina as an all-in-one natural multi-vitamin tablet.
It’s loaded with:
- B vitamins, such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folate;
- Beta carotene, which is considered an anti-aging micronutrient and a precursor of Vitamin A, which is converted to Vitamin A by your body;
- Minerals, such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and more.
Who can benefit from adding Spirulina to their diet?
Although spirulina has benefits for most people, if you’re pregnant, spirulina is especially good for you, as well as for your unborn child. Spirulina’s iron and folate are readily assimilated by your body, unlike the iron in meat and vegetables. This is thought to be because Spirulina contains phycocyanin as well as iron; phycocyanin promotes the absorption of iron.
Others who may benefit from Spirulina:
- Athletes, who need the best nutrition possible;
- Students who want to increase their brain power;
- Anyone suffering from seasonal allergies, like hayfever (3);
- The elderly: Spirulina has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Those wishing to boost their immune function—Spirulina contains antioxidants;
- Anyone who’s experiencing less energy. If you’re tired all the time, or if you experience a mid-afternoon energy slump, spirulina may help.
Spirulina’s benefits: it packs a lot of power
If your doctor has ever asked you about your diet, chances are you winced. Who has time to watch what they eat? Today, we’re all busy. Women work full-time and look after their families. Second jobs are common. For anyone looking for a nutritional boost, Spirulina has a lot to offer.
Spirulina is especially valuable in maintaining good health as you age. The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) said that Spirulina is: “the number one food to add years to your life.”
Once your body becomes adjusted to Spirulina, your energy level will rise and you may experience less stress.
Here are some of the superfood’s benefits which may appeal to you. (3)
1. Spirulina offers a source of healthy, plant-based protein
Whether you’re an athlete or a vegetarian, you’ll appreciate Spirulina’s plant-based protein. When taken in powder form, a tablespoon has around four grams of protein. (4)
When compared to meat-based protein, by weight Spirulina has double the protein in beef, and almost double the protein in tuna. Additionally, Spirulina’s protein is readily accepted and digested by your body. Both meat and fish are much less readily digested.
If you’re a vegan, you might have reservations about Spirulina. However, although Spirulina is not a plant, neither is it an animal. It’s a cyanobacteria, and bacteria are everywhere, both inside and outside your body.
2. Spirulina’s anti-oxidants fight the free radicals in your body, as well as pollutants in the environment
Spirulina’s anti-oxidant properties may boost immune function and fight infection.
Moreover, Spirulina is potent in combating free radicals, which occur both inside and outside the human body. It’s impossible to avoid them. Free radicals are also implicated in many illnesses associated with aging.
Your body fights free radicals and wins, but this battle can lead to a situation termed oxidative stress, which causes disease. (6) Spirulina helps your body to avoid oxidative stress.
3. Weight loss assistance: Spirulina can help with weight loss
Do you want to lose weight? Try incorporating Spirulina. Not only does it help you to restrict your calories, it may also increase your energy.
Spirulina contains 50% to 70% of protein, which helps to satisfy hunger and cravings. It also enables you to add protein to your diet, without adding huge amounts of calories. Scientists suggest that the chlorophyll in Spirulina helps you to be more energetic.
Eating less means that you’re taking in less fibre, upsetting your body’s glucose levels. Spirulina can assist with this too. It contains fibre, which your body digests slowly, so you may experience fewer cravings.
Additionally, because it’s such a powerhouse of nutrition, Spirulina may assist with weight loss in another way: it enables a weight loss dieter to add nutrients which can be lost with a restricted diet.
How much Spirulina do I need each day?
If you’re taking Spirulina for the health benefits, be guided by the daily intake recommended on the package or bottle. On the other hand, if you’re taking Spirulina as a therapeutic, be guided by your doctor, or other health worker. (7)
When taking Mountain Organic SPIRULINA for example, the recommended daily intake for an adult is one to three serves (a serve is a level teaspoon) per day. When you begin taking it, take less than the recommended dosage until your body adjusts. Take it after food: just after breakfast, then again mid-afternoon.
What’s the best way to take Spirulina?
Mountain Organic SPIRULINA is in powder form, and has a recommended dose of one to three servings per day. A serving size is 3 grams which is a level teaspoon of the powder. You can mix the powder with food, water or juice.
If you’re taking Spirulina for weight loss, try drinking fluid with your Spirulina half an hour before your main meal of the day. You may well find that this helps you to eat less.
Alternatively, for a quick and convenient dose, Mountain Organic SPIRULINA comes in both tablet and vegan capsule form.
When taking Spirulina therapeutically, be guided by your doctor’s advice.
Mountain Organic SPIRULINA: your best source of Certified Organic Spirulina
Our unique product, Mountain Organic SPIRULINA, is certified organically grown from 100% pure mountain spring water. It’s both potent and pure, and is grown in a remote, unpolluted area producing a naturally fresh and clean spirulina that tastes good.
It’s highly credentialed:
- Certified Organically Grown under USDA National Organic Program (NOP), Naturland (an IFOAM Accredited Association)
- Halal certifications
- Production facility is certified HACCP, ISO 22000 and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice).
Importantly too, you receive the full nutritional benefits of the Spirulina in the product because its packaged with the unique LOCTEC™ Nutrient Protection Technology in amber glass, which provides protection from oxidation and light damage.
Health warnings: who should avoid Spirulina?
Although most people can consume Spirulina safely, without experiencing any side effects, known side effects include headaches, nausea and insomnia. If you’re taking spirulina for the first time, be aware of this. These symptoms often occur with detoxification of the body when consuming a potent superfood that cleanses and detoxifies the way Spirulina does. If you think you’re experiencing a side effect, stop taking it, and speak to your doctor.
Since Spirulina boosts your immune system, it may worsen some autoimmune diseases. These include multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Always be guided by your doctor: ask your doctor or healthcare professional whether you can take Spirulina safely.
You should avoid Spirulina if you’re taking blood thinning medication because Spirulina has an anticoagulant effect. This means that your blood takes longer to clot and this can be dangerous. Again, be guided by your doctor: ask about Spirulina.
Do you suffer from allergies? In a few cases, people may be allergic to Spirulina. You’re more likely to experience an allergic reaction if you have other allergies. This is another situation in which you need to speak with your healthcare professional. (8)
Resources: Mountain Organic SPIRULINA
(1) Spirulina: Are There Health Benefits?
(4) By the way, doctor: Is spirulina good for you?