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Monday, January 21, 2013

Benefits of Spirulina Powder

Spirulina Alga or blue-green algae has existed on earth for about 3.6 billion years. Over the years, scientists have studied their nutritional benefits for human consumption. Many claimed that this plant is one of the most potent sources of nutrients on earth. Arthrospira Plantesis or spirulina belongs to the genus cyanobacteria.

Cyanobacteria is an early form of life that ever existed on earth, it is a blue-green bacteria that performs photosynthesis which is believe to be one of the reasons in early atmospheric oxygen levels. These bacteria are similar to plants in such a way that the chlorophyll found in cyanobacteria uses the sun’s energy to perform various functions.

Spirulina is found in many mineral-rich waters including lakes and rivers. It is found to be rich in vitamins such as Vitamin A, B-complex, C, D, E, and K. An overflowing amount of minerals is also found in spirulina which includes Boron, Calcium, Chloride, Chromium, Copper, Germanium, iodine, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Molybdenum, Phosporous, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium, and Zinc. Some of the other nutrients present in spirulina are essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein and beta-carotene.

Because of the diverse nutrients found in spirulina alga, it is now marketed as nutritional supplements in forms of tablets, powder and flakes in various stores all over the globe. Although tablets and powder offer the same essential benefits, tablets tends to require longer hours to be digested. Spirulina powder on the other hand is commonly mixed with smoothies, juices and other beverage or sprinkled on foods.

Some of the known benefits of Spirulina powder are:

Decrease in blood pressure levels

High blood pressure increases the risk of heart diseases and stroke because strains the heart by obliging it to work harder. High blood pressure should be controlled to prevent the increase risk of heart attacks and strokes.  According to the National Autonomous University of Mexico, spirulina increases the production of nitric oxide that is responsible for widening the blood vessels in order to promote proper blood flow.

Boosts Immune System

Spirulina contains a multitude of amino-acids that are important in maintaining the normal functioning of various organs in the body. It naturally contains antioxidants that wards off harmful bacteria and viruses. Spirulina has 10 times beta-carotene than carrots. The beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant that diligently combats chronic infections thus stimulate the immune system.

Prevents Cancer

Spirulina have shown its effectivity in cancer prevention because of its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are phytochemicals that protects the cells from damage caused by free radicals. Cells that are harmed by free radicals could lead to mutation of the DNA. The mutated DNA can grow out of control hence lead to cancer. According to drugs.com, the C-phycocyanin found in spirulina increased the survival rate in subjects suffering from liver cancer.

Builds Good Bacteria in Your Intestines

The body naturally contains good bacteria in the digestive tracks. The common bacteria present in the body are Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria whose main function is to combat harmful bacteria such as E. coli and Candida Yeast. Good bacteria or Probiotics helps fight digestive problems, vaginal infections, intestinal problems, and prevent constipation. Study shows that spirulina nourishes the friendly bacteria in your digestive track that is greatly beneficial in the body.

This article is contributed by our guest author Jenny Travens, a chief editor and a wellness coach and fitness blogger for http://www.superfoodliving.com/categories. She loves to share her knowledge about the different ways of staying fit and healthy and helps people to conquer over health related issues and maintain their fitness regime. Jenny would love to hear from you! You can simply send your concerns to travensjenny@gmail.com.

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