Organic Spirulina Benefits
SPIRULINA is a single-celled microorganism that closely resembles a bacterium. Its spiral-shaped filaments are rich in plant pigments such as chlorophyll, phycocyanin and beta-carotene. Spirulina turns the lakes and ponds where it grows a dark-blue green.
Harvesting your own spirulina is not advisable as coastal and aquatic colonies of the algae may be contaminated with industrial waste or sewage. Cultivation of organic spirulina involves locations away from industrial pollution (for example, a remote hamlet), where there is no contamination. There should also be no other agricultural activity in the area (to avoid contamination with pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers).
Spirulina has been used medicinally in China for thousands of years. Organic spirulina has the highest protein content compared to other natural food. Apart from that, it is also an excellent source of iron, calcium, magnesium, and a range of vitamin Bs. Organic spirulina contains the highest amount of chlorophyll, carotenoids and phycocyanin and has virtually no cholesterol. These phyto-nutrients act as natural antioxidants to neutralise free radicals.
Those who can benefit from supplementation with organic spirulina include:
Many parents do face problems persuading their kids to eat enough greens and fruits. However, these food groups may not fare very well among the young ones, and nutrient deficiencies may occur.
These people may lack certain nutrients as they often skip meals and opt for fast food that are high in calories but not necessarily high in important nutrients. Organic spirulina, which has a good nutrient profile, may help replenish and prevent malnutrition.
The elderly may not be able to obtain essential nutrients from the diet due to poor dentition and digestive health, diseases and medication that affect the digestion, absorption and utilisation of nutrients. Spirulina has no cellulose in its cell walls, and thus can be easily digested, absorbed and used by the body. It is also good for enhancing the immune system.
Spirulina is an ideal supplement for those who are weight-sensitive. Spirulina is low in fat, low in calories and contains practically no cholesterol, making it suitable for weight-control. Many people use spirulina as part of their detox programme as the pigment chlorophyll helps in detoxification.
Many health professionals also advocate the use of spirulina during juicing (sprinkled into fruit juices and broths), which gives better outcomes. Apart from that, the bioavailability of iron in organic spirulina is important to dieters who are on low calorie diets and prone to iron deficiency
Choosing the right spirulina product is important as inferior grades may not provide the outcome that we desire. Besides looking at nutrient content, organic spirulina should be certified by regulatory bodies and the cultivation facilities should also be certified.
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