Spirulina is a type of blue or green algae that is often sold as a food supplement in health stores and is often featured in skincare products.
It’s also something we often see added to smoothies to make them extra healthy and extra vibrant in color.
And while some might think that it’s nothing more but a green powder which has trace elements of certain vitamins, many people around the world swear by taking spirulina supplements.
Spirulina is often sold in tablet form to make it easy and mess-free, but it’s also available in powder form which is more often used in smoothie bowls. Below are the health and beauty benefits of spirulina:
If you’re lacking in vitamins B, iron, or copper — a tablespoon of spirulina added to your smoothie can supply you with about a quarter of your daily needs in those nutrients. Not to mention the fact that the same tablespoon of spirulina has 4 grams of protein, which is actually quite a lot for a spoon of green algae powder if you think about it.
2. Fewer wrinkles
Dermatologists say that spirulina can actually help lessen the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, but of course, it works best as prevention instead of an easy fix. It’s effective both as a supplement and as an ingredient in skincare so if you see creams, masks, or serums with spirulina — give them a try.
3. Lower cholesterol
Having spirulina every day can help you lower bad cholesterol which is one of the main causes of heart problems. Studies show that just 2 grams of spirulina a day can lower bad cholesterol and improve heart health. Seems like a good reason to give it a go.
4. Less inflammation
All of our health problems stem from inflammation and spirulina is naturally anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants that protect your cells from damage and minimize inflammation. So you know, a spoonful of spirulina a day keeps inflammation at bay.
5. Lower blood pressure
If you have problems with high blood pressure you need spirulina in your life. Medical studies show that it’s proven to lower blood pressure even in those who have normal blood pressure. It helps your blood vessels dilate and can prevent heart attacks and strokes.
6. Allergy help
Spirulina has shown to be of great help to those who suffer from seasonal allergies. A daily intake of spirulina can decrease nasal itching, runny or stuffy nose and sneezing, which can be of great help for those who suffer from allergies.
7. Help with anemia
Apparently, spirulina can actually help those suffering from anemia, which used to be common only in the elderly, but these days a lot of young people tend to be anemic too. Spirulina can actually boost the level of hemoglobin in your blood which is definitely a good thing for those who are anemic.
8. Stronger muscles
Those of you who do physical work, or perhaps just exercise a lot, will know that muscle strength is important. Spirulina can help protect your muscles from wear and tear which will, in turn, make you stronger and your endurance will be better.
9. Less fatigue
In a similar line to the previous benefit of spirulina, it’s been shown to be a natural energy booster in the sense that it can stop you from getting tired and feel fatigued less. It’s particularly helpful to those who find themselves very tired halfway throughout the day.
10. Balanced blood sugar
People with diabetes will know how important good blood sugar levels are. We don’t want it too low and we definitely don’t want spikes in blood sugar, but medical studies made on animals have successfully proven that just 2 grams of spirulina a day can improve and balance blood sugar levels.
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