Spirulina

What is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a single-cell blue-green algae that thrives in warm bodies of fresh water. Spirulina has recently received a lot of attention in health food circles for its high nutritional content. Spirulina has a high concentration of protein, and contains complete strands of essential amino acids like animal sources of protein like beef. However, spirulina is comprised of approximately two-thirds protein to beef’s less than a quarter protein. Spirulina is also rich in essential fatty acids such as GLA and ALA, vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, C, D, and E. Some contend that spirulina is a source of vitamin B12, though this claim is in dispute. Spirulina is also a source of potassium, calcium, and other minerals necessary for proper health.

What are the health benefits of Spirulina?
Spirulina is used to treat anemia in HIV-infected children, lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, treating chronically low energy, hay fever, and for its benefit on the eyes.

Where can I find Spirulina?
Spirulina is typically found as a tablet or powder, and can be incorporated into other supplements such as green powder.

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