Spirulina is a blue-green algae or “cyanobacteria”, that is one of nature’s top super-foods. You hear “algae” and imagine murky lakes, and floating anomalies, not a powerhouse supplement. The use of Spirulina for medicinal, and nutritional purposes has been around since the Aztecs began using it in the 14th century. Research has shown blue-green algae to have a host of benefits that may have you adding this to your daily supplement regimen.
In an article written by the Journal of Nutraceuticals, a study done on individuals with non-insulin dependent diabetes who took spirulina for two months showed reduced blood sugar levels without making any other change to their daily habits. If this wasn’t impressive enough, these patients also showed a significant reduction in overall cholesterol.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Spirulina is a potent source of vitamins, minerals, and protein. When taken with a nutrient dense diet of vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and legumes, it can provide an additional source of beta-carotene, fatty acids, and antioxidants. Vegetarians and vegans can benefit from this plant source of iron especially those suffering from anemia.
Believe it or not, your pup can benefit from it too! Available in tablets or powder, blue-green algae has been proven to help with skin conditions, boost immune function, and grow a lustrous coat. Sprinkled onto their food, or mixed with a bit of peanut butter, most dogs will find its natural sea taste palatable.
When choosing a Spirulina supplement, be wary of pesticides, and toxins, by finding a brand that is certified organic. Also, it may not be suitable for everyone so be sure to check with your practitioner to know if it is appropriate for you. Added to smoothies, or taken with your morning juice, this stuff gives new meaning to power greens.