The best way of getting our nutritional needs met is by eating foods that are nutrient dense. Certain powerhouse foods are like natural supplements, carrying lots of trace minerals, vitamins, bio-nutrients, and sometimes even medicinal effects. Spirulina is one of these nutritional superstars.
Spirulina is an intense food, both in its nutritional profile and its taste and potential effects. It can be a perfect addition to a relaxing and rejuvenating spa retreat, but always check with your health care provider before beginning any new dietary supplement program.
The nutritional benefits of spirulina have been known since the days of the Aztecs, who gathered it in Lake Texcoco. Today it is recommended by the World Health Organization as a good source of high quality nutrition. The United Nations also promotes spirulina as a food for combating malnutrition.
Spirulina can be either of two species of cyanobacterium, or blue-green algae, and is found in both fresh and salt waters. It can also be produced in controlled ponds, and this variety may be healthier, because there are some potential contamination problems that can occur when the product is harvested in the wild.
When spirulina has been certified free of any contamination by mycrocystin bacteria, it delivers an impressive dosage of high quality fats like GLA, LA, and ALA. It is also high in B vitamins, C, A, E, and very high in vitamin K. The high vitamin K content means caution should be used when taking this food with certain medications.
Because spirulina is a natural, living organism, it also contains many kinds of phyto-nutrients; living compounds that promote increased immune function and overall improved metabolism. Beta-carotene is only one of these bio-nutrients found in high quantities in spirulina. It is also a superior source for iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, and zinc.
Spirulina has been studied for its safety and effects and found to be generally safe for most people. It has also show promise as a treatment for ADHD, hay fever, anxiety, depression, PMS, and for weight loss. Improved memory, lower cholesterol, and improvements in bowel function are also reported.
A little spirulina goes a long way, and one teaspoon daily is the recommended starting point. Spirulina has a slightly salty, fishy taste, but the taste can vary considerably, depending on many factors, including whether it was grown in fresh or salt water. Try several kinds before you make up your mind about it.
Spirulina can be added to smoothies, green drinks, mixed with mashed fruit and a little sugar, or added to salad dressings. You can also mix about 1/8 teaspoon of spirulina with ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and 3 tablespoons of honey for a nutritionally amped up sweetener for fruit or yogurt.
Another easy way of getting some spirulina into your system is to mix it together with your favorite specialty or sea salt and nutritional yeast for a power-packed all-purpose seasoning. However you choose to add it into your diet, spirulina can be a powerful nutritional addition, whether you are going about your busy day, or coming to the spa.
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