Spirulina. The word has been all over the web recently. What exactly does it refer to, and why should you care?
Spirulina is a kind of algae or healthy bacteria that has come to be regarded as a superfood, due to its enormous health benefits. It is uniquely rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, and is typically consumed in powder form that is safe for humans. Here are some reasons you might want to start taking it right away.
1. Boosts energy
The highly nutritious and alkalizing properties of spirulina offer a rarely strong, natural boost in energy. Unlike energy drinks and excessive coffee, spirulina has no negative side effects.
2. Speeds up weight loss
Spirulina offers a rare combination of effects important for losing weight – it speeds up your metabolism, improves digestion and builds muscles due to its high-protein, low-fat content.
3. Lowers cholesterol
For similar reasons, spirulina helps prevent atherosclerosis and reduce high blood cholesterol levels. Research also shows that the more you consume it, the stronger the effect.
4. Reduces blood pressure
Recent studies confirm that regular intake of 4-5g of spirulina per day helps reduce blood pressure, thus also reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease.
5. Helps prevent cancer
A range of animal tests confirm quite strongly that taking spirulina can reduce the risk of cancer. When humans are concerned most people were skeptical until recently, but the latest studies show the same effects in humans.
Given all the above benefits, it sounds like the trendy superfood might really be worth a try.