Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spirulina for Super Health

Spirulina for Super Health

Without nutritious food, humans wouldn’t have the energy to live.
The body breaks food into molecules called nutrients, which are the
chemical compounds responsible for carrying out thousands of functions
within our cells, including building bones, strengthening immunity to
disease, and healing tissue. For our systems to function properly,
a wide variety of nutrients are needed. The macro-nutrients are
proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The micro-nutrients are vitamins and
minerals. And then of course, there’s water, which makes all chemical
reactions possible.

If our diets are deficient in any of these vital nutrients, our bodies
can go on living but will not function optimally.
Green superfoods are algaes and cereal grasses - spirulina, chlorella,
kelp, barley grass, wheatgrass and alfalfa - that are super-charged
with nutrients. They’re available in powdered form to be used as
dietary supplements and are packaged both individually and in
combinations. One spoonful per day can give you as much nutrition as
the recommended five daily servings of vegetables.

Chlorella and spirulina for protein
Vegetarians often have trouble incorporating enough protein into their
diets. Animal protein has all of the essential amino acids, but plant
proteins tend to be incomplete, they usually require careful combining
to get all the necessary protein. One extraordinary characteristic of
spirulina and chlorella is their high protein content. Both of these
green superfoods contain all eight essential amino acids.

Green superfoods deliver vitamins
Thirteen chemical substances comprise vitamins: the water-soluble
types are vitamin C plus eight types of B vitamin. The fat-soluble
types are vitamins A, D, E and K. Vitamins abound in green superfoods.

Green superfoods deliver minerals
Minerals are inorganic substances that come from the soil. We absorb
them through food and drink. For good health, we need sufficient
quantities of sixteen minerals-- the macro-minerals: calcium,
phosphorous and magnesium; the trace minerals: chromium, copper,
fluoride, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, sulfur and
zinc; and the electrolytes: chloride, potassium and sodium.
Spirulina powder has high levels of potassium, making it the ideal
choice for boosting energy. It also contains all the macro-minerals
and six of the trace minerals. Like Spirulina, kelp contains all
of the macro-nutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrate), vitamins B
& C, all of the macro-minerals and several of the trace minerals.
Additionally, it is high in iodine, ensuring health of the thyroid,
adrenal and pituitary glands.

Green superfoods help detox
Periodic internal cleansing is required to counteract the harmful
effects of the Standard American Diet (SAD), which can leave your
system clogged and sluggish. Chlorella and wheatgrass are high in
chlorophyll, which is most useful in the process of detoxification.
It also acts as a deodorant from the inside-out, reducing body odor
and bad breath.

Green superfoods balance pH
Cooked, processed foods, and popular beverages such as tea, coffee,
alcohol and soft drinks, will create acidic conditions in your
bloodstream and tissue. An acidic system is the ideal breeding ground
for mold, bacteria and fungus. Green superfoods create an alkaline
environment, which can help thwart arthritis and heart disease,
regulate blood sugar, reverse digestive problems and improve joint
mobility. Barley grass is especially good as an alkalizing agent.

Green superfoods help control cholesterol
Alfalfa positively affects cholesterol levels. It acts as a magnet
for LDL or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, preventing it from
lingering in the bloodstream. This is due to alfalfa’s high fiber
content and unique chemical make-up. At the same time, it does not
reduce levels of HDL or high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, which is
beneficial.

Other benefits of green superfoods:
- Optimal liver function
- Neutralization of heavy metals and irradiation
- Stimulation of the immune system
- Healthy skin and hair
- Lower blood pressure
- Healthy digestion
- Contain essential fatty acids

Using green superfoods is easy
Enhancing your nutrient intake is as simple as mixing a couple
spoonfuls of chlorella with spirulina powder, or any other green food
to; salad dressings, juices, smoothies, water or soup. You can also
just sprinkle on salads and foods to make the most bountiful meal.
Some special conditions preclude the use of these nutrient-packed
supplements. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and certain prescription
medications are contra-indicators. Always make sure you contact
your physician before consuming superfoods if you have any existing
conditions.

Super health the natural way
Whole foods will always be superior to synthetic vitamins because
their parts work synergistically, delivering compounds that cannot
be reproduced in the artificial setting of a laboratory. Taken in
combination or separately, green superfoods are easily absorbed by
the body and are rich in the nutrients and enzymes needed for super
health.

About the Author
Tom is co-owner of NutritionGeeks.com (Minnesota’s #1 NOW Foods
retailer), is a retired power lifter, and has been working in the
nutrition industry since 1997. He has a true passion for creatively
helping others to learn about health and nutrition, which enhances
their lives and well-being. He lives on the prairie in West Central
Minnesota, and spends his leisure time coaching youth wrestling,
working with his horses, and being play toy #1 for his 3 boys; TJ,
Grady, and Brock.