Spirulina – The green nectar of life.

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The Naked Radish Recommendation: Spirulina

Spirulina is a unique superfood that grows in freshwater lakes, ponds, and rivers. While many people mistake spirulina for a plant or algae, it’s actually a type of bacteria (a good bacteria, of course) called cyanobacteria. It’s confused for a plant because of it’s blue-green color that comes from its chlorophyll content and its use of the sun as an energy source like plants and algae. Spirulina grows quickly, is easy to harvest, and provides vast health benefits – good news for us health conscious warriors!

Why You Should Add Spirulina to Your Health Repertoire:

  • Offers an amazing source of clean protein (it’s approximately 60% protein, that’s more than double the protein in red meat at 23-27%)
  • Contains all essential amino acids
  • Easily digestible protein helps regulate the digestive system
  • Protects cellular health with its remarkable level of beta carotene – 5 times more than carrots and 40 times more than spinach (no, that 40 is not a typo)
  • High levels of B vitamins, especially B-12, boost energy and support healthy skin and nails
  • Contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which supports heart and joint health, eases symptoms of PMS, and has 26 times more calcium than milk (gram for gram)
  • Naturally rich in iodine – necessary for thyroid health
  • High levels of chlorophyll boost immune system function
  • Rich source of Vitamin A supports eye health
  • Can help alleviate allergies
  • Full of antioxidants – 4 times the amount found in blueberries – which fight oxidative stress and free radicals
  • Natural detoxifier (who can’t use a little natural detox these days!)
  • Boosts energy and controls appetite

How to Consume Spirulina

Now that you know how great spirulina is, you just have to start taking it!

There are two ways you can get your daily dose of spirulina – powder or tablet form. Regardless of which form you choose, it’s important you buy high quality spirulina. This means no added sugar, starch, fillers, animal parts, preservatives, stabilizers, colors, or coatings (you knew that though, right?).

The Naked Radish recommends Body Ecology Super Spirulina Plus because it’s a protein powder blend that we love to add to our smoothies, and it’s immediately digested by the body (unlike tablets that take up to an hour).  Super Spirulina Plus also contains probiotics and other healthy protein sources (quinoa, chickpeas, flaxseed) that allow you to use it as a meal replacement. We know life can get hectic, so this is a perfect way to keep yourself energized on the go.

You will glow from the inside out! Rock on, green goddesses & gods.

The Naked Radish Recommendation: Spirulina

Bottoms up!

Sources: http://www.nutrex-hawaii.com/benefits-of-spirulina, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/17/spirulina-one-of-natures-nearperfect-foods.aspx,http://hecticlifehealthygirl.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/what-is-spirulina-and-what-are-its-health-benefits/

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