By Devin Almonte
I just finished a live airing for QVC and the amazing 8Greens, a dietary supplement that helps you maximize your daily dose of greens. As the name implies, 8Greens contains eight essential greens for optimal health. Three of the greens are different types of algae, one of them being spirulina. I thought I would take a moment and focus in on the health benefits of spirulina. It truly is a superfood. While I highly prefer consuming my spirulina in an 8Greens tablet, as I find it much more palatable with additional green benefits, you can consume spirulina in its powdered form.
Spirulina is eaten and consumed by people from all over the world. Back in 1974, it was declared as an ultimate food for the future at the World Food Conference. At that time; it was declared that spirulina was as an efficient way to help combat malnutrition in certain areas of the world. Later, as it became more noted in the established countries of the world, it was hailed as a superfood. Such a superfood it was, that it actually became the main constituent in the diet plans of the NASA astronauts who would eat it in space.
The reason it is touted as a superfood is simple; it comes packed with heaps of the B vitamins, vitamin E, beta-carotene and minerals such as selenium, copper, and iron as well. It also contains gamma-linolenic acid or GLA, which is an omega-6 fatty acid.
Others believe that the benefits of spirulina go even beyond that of nutrition. There is research showing that it can possibly aid in weight loss and other issues, such as ADHD, PMS and nasal allergies. Perhaps you are looking for that added energy which spirulina is supposed to offer as well. It makes sense, seeing as it is packed with the B vitamins, the catalyst for producing energy reactions in the body.
The research on spirulina goes on and it looks to continue to be promising. And when you use it as part of your nutritional requirements as a supplement to the other food you ingest, you could be helping to halt some of the nutritional deficiencies which can cause illness and disease. While Spirulina isn’t a medicine, medical research has concluded that spirulina can certainly benefit our bodies.
Most everyone will benefit from taking spirulina, but there are some people who will benefit more than others:
That just about covers everyone, right?!
But there are a few people who should not take spirulina. These are:
As Spirulina is a completely natural product and generally will not cause problems to the body, it is still best not to go overboard. There are some people who might be allergic and can experience some allergy symptoms when taking spirulina. Look out for these signs:
It is imperative that you buy your spirulina from trusted sources. Buying it from suspect sources can cause you to be contaminated by spirulina microcystins. In this instance, you need to get over to your doctor when you feel or see symptoms such as severe stomach pain, dark urine, yellow skin or eyes or ongoing vomiting. Be careful and do your research.
Above all, be good to your body. Remember Hippocrates said, "Let the food be thy medicine" – he was right because there is healing power in nature. Sometimes we can’t afford the right food, sometimes not even knowing what we need. Don’t ignore spirulina; it has the capacity to replenish the nutrient deficiency your body might be experiencing as well as cleansing it at the same time. With spirulina, you can help your body achieve a better state of health.
Always consult your physician before beginning any nutrition regimen. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate program for your needs.
All comments written above are my own opinion and thoughts as it relates to nutrition.
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