Allow me to introduce you to Spirulina, most recently deemed the super-est of all super foods. Spirulina, a form of blue-green algae, boasts 10 times more beta carotene than carrots, is about 65% protein and provides us with essential fatty acids, phytonutrients, probiotics, and antioxidants. Millions of years ago, before we were even a tear in Mother Nature’s eye – Spirulina flourished. The nutrients contained in the spirulina plant helped our planet evolve.
Natural medicine practitioners usually agree that consuming foods that have survived the evolution of our species is the best way to achieve optimum health – and heal from serious illnesses. Consuming spirulina (algae) has been linked to recovery from diseases like Cancer, ADD, and Autism. Research also shows significant progress in its effect against the AIDS virus.
A super food is a complete food. Think — something they’d eat on the Matrix. People use spirulina to enhance energy, detoxify poisons (sugar, alcohol, mercury), control weight and balance mood.
Spirulina for Dinner?
Spirulina had been used as a food source by the Azetcs in Mexico in the 16th century. Over a thousand years ago, people of the Kanem empire in ancient Chad also ate it as part of their food. Even the space agency NASA plans to cultivate it as one of the first plants in space!
So, the question is how does it taste? I’m sure you don’t want to be making yourself an algae salad three times a day just so that you can tout gorgeous skin and enough energy to keep you awake through the night, right? Well, Spirulina can be taken in pill form too – which is the least offensive. The pills smell slightly like fish food, but do their job well. Some companies, like Body Ecology sell a fermented Spirulina beverage that your taste buds may need to work up to.
Start Feeling Better Right Away
Soon after you introduce Spirulina to your body, it starts improving your health in many ways. It protects the body from oxidant stress and toxins while strengthening the immune system. Scientific studies suggest spirulina has anti-inflammatory properties and that it may be especially good for the brain and heart.
Who would have thought that this humble and tiny aquatic plant, that has been eaten by humankind since prehistoric times, would one day be at the forefront of healthy foods? As it turns out, Spirulina has all those properties rolled into one that, otherwise, only a large amount of fruits and vegetables can provide. After all, this ‘vegetable’ has more iron than beef, more protein than soy, more Vitamin A than carrots, is a source of essential Fatty acid GLA and is naturally low in fat.
Buy spirulina pills and powder at a health food store, and always remember to read labels. The plant has undergone intense studies for the past 30 years, and proves safe for the little ones as well. So, don’t worry so much if they won’t eat their lima beans – push the algae, and get super healthy kids!
Gina Laverde is a Chicago-based writer and researcher whose expertise in natural health stems from her experiences with Body Ecology Diet, Blood Type Diet and homeopathic remedies. Gina believes that we’re in the midst of a serious world health crisis, and that the key to survival lies within our guts.