Just what is that dark green algae looking substance floating in my Clean Green? Well, that is exactly what it is! Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that grows in both salt and fresh water. It may be one of the most nutrient-dense foods on earth and contains a number of nutrients, including B vitamins, beta-carotene, and vitamin E. Spirulina also contains antioxidants, minerals, chlorophyll, and phycocyanobilin and has been used as centuries as a supplement for health and energy.
The benefits of Spirulina have been passed down since the Aztec civilization as they harvested the algae in their lakes and used the dried out paste as a way to energize their bodies for long distance runs to other villages. Fast forward a few thousand years and there are now preliminary studies suggesting that Spirulina has a number of benefits for our modern conditions.
As one of the leading supplements, Spirulina is used for many of the following benefits:
The top benefits found found were:
- Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Phycocyanin can fight free radicals and inhibit production of inflammatory signaling molecules, providing impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
- High Cholesterol: Spirulina holds some promise for lipid disorders such as high cholesterol or high triglycerides
- Lower “Bad” LDL and Triglyceride Levels : It can lower total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while raising “good” HDL cholesterol. In a study in 25 people with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams of Spirulina per day significantly improved these markers
- May Reduce Blood Pressure: A higher dose of spirulina may lead to lower blood pressure levels, a major risk factor for many diseases
- May Improve Muscle Strength and Endurance: Certain plant foods have antioxidant properties that can help athletes and physically active individuals minimize this damage. Spirulina appears beneficial, as some studies pointed to improved muscle strength and endurance
- Diabetes: In a 2008 study involving 37 people with type 2 diabetes, researchers found that those assigned to 12 weeks of spirulina supplementation experienced a significant reduction in blood-fat levels
Spirulina comes in many forms, so it can be easy to add to your diet. There are powders, pills, juices, and even live cultured spirulina you can take in doses. While the recommended dosage relies on your age, weight, and other factors, it is never a bad idea to to add it to your diet any way you can.
If you want to add it to your diet with Grove products, it is available in the following: