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Top 10 Health Benefits of Spirulina

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  1. I recently attended Jesse van der Velde's '' Forever Young '' event and a large part was about the benefits of spirulina. To my surprise, I have written very little about spirulina, while it is a very powerful Superfood!

  2. I recently attended Jesse van der Velde's '' Forever Young '' event and a large part was about the benefits of spirulina. To my surprise I have written very little about spirulina, while it is a very powerful Superfood!

  1. As you may know, foods made from algae and seaweed are taking over the world. In the past we had to get all vitamins and minerals from fruit and vegetables, but nowadays a whole food group has been added! Algae contain at least as much or more healthy ingredients as vegetables.

  2. As you may know, foods made from algae and seaweed are taking over the world. We used to have to get all vitamins and minerals from fruit and vegetables, but nowadays a whole food group has been added! Algae contain at least as many or more healthy ingredients as vegetables.

  1. These algae are currently sold as a food supplement. This is mainly because the algae are usually marketed in pellets or powder form for convenience. This actually promotes ease of use, without compromising the health of the product.

  2. These algae are currently sold as a food supplement. This is mainly because the algae are usually marketed in pellets or powder form for convenience. This actually improves the ease of use, without compromising the health of the product.

  1. Algae can best be compared to plants that have no roots and no leaves. They get most of their energy from sunlight, so they are actually a kind of plants in their basic shape.

  1. The algae I am discussing in this article is spirulina, this algae is now widely grown in special containers.

  1. The benefits of algae can be divided into two categories: the benefits for your health and the benefits for the environment

Environment

  1. The big advantage of this is that these algae are grown in a living environment where they are not exposed to the toxic substances with which we have already polluted our nature.

  1. To give just one example, just think of the concentrations of heavy metals in the fish we extract from our oceans.

  2. Just to give one example, just think of the concentrations of heavy metals in the fish that we extract from our oceans.

  1. I do have to mention that not every spirulina grower is equally careful, it has happened in the past that shipments from countries such as China were contaminated. But if you buy spirulina that has been professionally grown, there will be no heavy metal contamination.

  2. I do have to mention that not every spirulina grower is equally careful, it has happened in the past that shipments from countries such as China were contaminated. But if you buy spirulina that has been cultivated in a professional manner, there will be no heavy metal contamination.

  1. Because the spirulina algae only needs salt water and sunlight to grow, it is not necessary to use agricultural poisons that are used in the cultivation of vegetables. All those insects and fungi that we fight because they also eat our vegetables are not so fond of spirulina.

  2. Because the spirulina algae only needs salt water and sunlight to grow, it is not necessary to use agricultural poisons that are used in the cultivation of vegetables. All those insects and fungi that we fight because they also snack on our vegetables are not so fond of spirulina.

  1. So the great advantage of spirulina is not only for yourself but you also protect the environment.

  1. Also the spirulina does not need fertilizer. As you may know, it is estimated that the fertilizer will be used up in about 50 to 75 years. This means that by then we will have to switch back to the old-fashioned way of farming, without the help of fertilizers. This means that in the future the yield per hectare will be a lot lower than it is now.

  1. Combine this with increasing population growth and you will quickly conclude that algae are the future.

  1. This brings me straight to the next advantage. Spirulina does not take nutrients from the soil to grow. Normal plants need fertile soil to grow. Plants extract nutrients from the soil. Because we eat these plants again, these nutrients do not get back into the soil

  1. The result is that the agricultural land becomes less fertile, and that people have to provide these lands with nutrients so that vegetables can be grown again. The growth of the spirulina does not depend on soil, only salt water and sunlight.

  2. The result is that the agricultural land becomes less fertile, and that man has to provide these lands with nutrients so that vegetables can be grown again. The growth of the spirulina does not depend on soil, only salt water and sunlight.

  1. These are the two components that we will also have more than enough of in the future, in stark contrast to artificial fertilizers or fossil fuels. Because spirulina does not use agricultural land, the ecological footprint of this algae is very small.

  1. Do you hate that mess with our food? I certainly do. I think that genetic modification in particular is a very debatable development. Recently I saw a documentary about genetically modified food on ARTE, say the German / French alternative to Discovery.

  1. Highly recommended this channel, very informative and you also practice German.

  1. This documentary was specifically about the cultivation of genetically modified soy crops in Argentina. So what they did is genetically engineer a soybean crop to make it resistant to a particular poison.

  2. This documentary was specifically about the cultivation of genetically modified soy crops in Argentina. So what they did is genetically engineer a soybean crop so that it was resistant to a particular poison.

  1. The reasoning was that you can get rid of much less poison because you only have to use this one poison which kills all the weeds but keeps the soy plant alive.

  1. You can already sense from your water that this will turn out a bit differently than expected, within twenty years most weeds were resistant to the poison and the genetic modification was therefore no longer of any use.

  1. In fact, in Argentina in the past twenty years, 850% more poison has been used in the cultivation of soy, while the total area on which soy is grown has increased by only 50%.

  1. So another reason to get your nutrients from algae more often instead of vegetables. Algae are one of the oldest living organisms on Earth, spirulina is about 3.6 billion years old, and has remained the same all along.

Health Benefits

  1. Spirulina is one of the largest source of protein, it consists of 60 to 70% protein. That's about three times the protein content of chicken. You can almost compare spirulina with a protein shake that you know from the gym, except that spirulina is pure natural.

  1. So if you want to get a lot of protein because you train a lot, I advise you to put a few spirulina pills through your smoothie, they are real protein bombs!

  1. Besides the proteins, spirulina contains a lot of unsaturated fatty acids. You know them the omega 3 fats that are so good for your health. Spirulina contains approximately 2.7 grams of unsaturated fatty acids per 100 grams, of which slightly more than two grams are polyunsaturated.

  1. Especially for people who don't like fish, this is a very good alternative. The algae may not have much flavor of their own, but you can see that more as an advantage. Because they are quite bland, you can add them to your smoothie without spoiling the taste.

  1. And for those who find fish really dirty, the lack of fish flavor is especially important. Especially if children do not like fish, this is an ideal way to still get them the necessary unsaturated fatty acids.

  1. You cannot escape exposure to external toxins. Exhaust fumes, poison that you ingest through food, you cannot escape it, however healthy you live! The only way to combat these toxins, called free radicals, is to get enough antioxidants.

  1. The more antioxidants you consume, the more free radicals are removed.

  1. Spirulina contains many different antioxidants and, above all, many. Take beta-carotene for example, spirulina contains twenty times as much beta-carotene as a carrot. And it doesn't stop with beta-carotene alone, spirulina contains many different bioactive substances or phytonutrients that help your body regulate important bodily processes such as building your bones or controlling your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.

  1. Spirulina even makes your immune system a lot stronger anyway. It strengthens your immune system and lowers the allergic reactions of your immune system. So your immune system not only reacts more strongly, it also makes fewer mistakes. An allergic reaction is a kind of error message in your immune system in which your immune system sees a body's own substance as an intruder.

  1. Also when it comes to minerals, spirulina is head and shoulders above all other foods. It naturally contains ten different minerals and in large quantities, especially calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc. For example, eating spirulina can prevent you from getting anemia, for example when you are pregnant. Spirulina contains fifty times as much iron as spinach.

  1. The vitamins are also present in large numbers in spirulina. I will list the vitamins instead of a summary:

  1. 100 grams of spirulina contains:

  1. Spirulina promotes the detoxification of your body. As I just mentioned, it is full of antioxidants and on top of that, the substance that gives the algae that beautiful blue-green color, phycocyanin, has the unique property of bonding to heavy metals so that those heavy metals can leave the body.

  1. Spirulina is so noticeable that studies have been conducted in Russia into the effect of spirulina in children living in a radioactively contaminated area. These studies have shown that the harmful effects of the radioactive radiation by taking five grams of spirulina are already significantly improved.

  1. Most people would like to eat a healthy diet, but if that means that you spend even more time preparing the food, chances are that it will not happen in the end. That is exactly the power of spirulina, you can even swallow spirulina with a glass of water if you have to. There is no easier way to get all those essential nutrients!

  1. Simply add a teaspoon of spirulina to your green smoothie or in a glass of water and you're done! Â

In short:

  1. Would you like to provide your body in a natural way with all kinds of useful nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, but are you not so fond of nutritional supplements? Then spirulina is a great substance, it is known as a dietary supplement, but it is not!

  1. It is common food already extracted from nature by the Maya in Mexico and still today as a food source by the people living around Lake Chad.

  1. So if you want to strengthen your immune system and give your body extra help in combating damage by free radicals and also want to detoxify yourself from heavy metals, then spirulina is the solution!

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