Spirulina is the latest craze to be trending on social media. And there is a reason for it since the newest superfood does have a lot of benefits. If you are barely catching on to the latest wave of superfood, then here is a list of the top 10 benefits of spirulina:
1. Spirulina is loaded with 1nutrients such as vitamins B1, 2, and 3, as well as iron, magnesium, iron, and potassium.
Studies have shown spirulina to be one of the most nutrient-dense foods to exist, meaning that it certainly has earned its title of “superfood.” However, science has proved that not all spirulina is created equal – there are actually some sources of spirulina that are better than others.
2. Spirulina helps the body to 2flush out toxins, including heavy metals.
Spirulina is a very powerful detox that it has been used as a natural water filter to get rid of harmful toxins like lead and mercury amongst others. The reason for spirulina working so well as a filter is because it’s loaded with proteins and peptides that are particularly good at binding to the toxins and ejecting them from the body.
3. Spirulina is a great 3immune booster.
It contains a compound called phycocyanin, which is a powerful antioxidant that fights off anything and everything that could contaminate your system. It’s the perfect thing to take the moment you feel that particular tickle in the back of your throat.
4. Spirulina is a powerful antioxidant that helps to 4lower blood pressure because it helps to increase the flow of blood.
It helps to increase nitric oxide production – which is a gas molecule that widens blood vessels. This way, blood flows easier so the heart doesn’t have to work that hard.
5. Spirulina is a great 5weight loss support because it’s only got 20 calories per tablespoon.
In addition to the low-calorie count, spirulina also contains an amino acid called l-phenylalanine. This amino acid has been known to work as an 6appetite suppressant.
6. Spirulina has also been shown by studies to 7increase endurance in athletes if consumed on a regular basis.
The reason for this is believed to be linked to spirulina’s ability to increase blood flow. Any type of blood flow increase will help boost endurance.
7. Spirulina has been shown to increase 8muscle strength.
Again, researchers believe that the reason the athletes consuming spirulina on a regular basis are able to not tire out while lifting weights is because of the better blood flow benefit. In addition, there is the perk of protein, which is a contributing factor to increased muscle strength.
8. Spirulina helps 9fight cancer.
Research has linked spirulina with powerful immune-boosting capabilities that can help fight off even cancer cells – particularly oral cancer cells. 9One study showed that people who consumed spirulina every day for a year had 45% fewer lesions the next year than those who didn’t.
9. Spirulina has been known to help 10prevent reoccurring yeast infections since it aids in keeping the balance of vaginal bacteria.
The same way that spirulina attracts toxins such as heavy metals, it also works as a magnet for candida. But the maintenance of balance isn’t just resigned to your lady bits, it also is in your gut – which helps to keep balance throughout the body.
10. Spirulina helps to 11fight off allergies.
It doesn’t matter what allergies you have – pollen, cat hair, grass, etc. – two grams of spirulina will help clear things up. And the best part is, it’s an all-natural solution!
An easy way to add spirulina to your diet is with the NATURELO Raw Greens Superfood Powder. We recommend adding it to your morning shake or simply mix it with water each day.
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