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Super Spirulina!

Superfoods… it’s all we hear about at the moment! All these strange names of things we should be adding to our food and smoothies and it’s hard to keep up with them all! However, Spirulina is a superfood that definitely lives up to the hype!

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Growing mainly in fresh water springs, it is a mix of blue and green algae that grows naturally in fresh water.  So why would you drink this green strange looking powder you ask?
The answer is its health benefits are beyond what you can imagine that it’s almost a miracle food.

It contains 60-70% more protein than most foods we consume as well as being packed with antioxidants which help fight disease. It contains a substance called ‘chlorophyll’ which has a very similar structure to haemoglobin which is found in blood. When we consume a substance such as Spirulina which is very high in Chlorophyll, we increase the Oxygen around the body and that results in the blood being more clean and efficient.

It contains 22 essential amino acids as well as high levels of Iron. It’s also been found to benefit people who suffer with allergies as it acts like a natural anti-histamine which is perfect for this time of year when pollen is high!

It also contains several B vitamins, Beta Carotene, Zinc, Selenium, Manganese and essential fatty acids which all add to its nutritional benefit. It’s been reported to have liver protective properties which has helped people who suffer with hepatitis.

It’s generally been found to boost energy and the immune system and promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the body. It has also been found beneficial as an anti cancer agent.

Spirulina can be consumed as tablets or in powder or flake form. We’ve found the easiest way to consume it is by incorporating it into a green juice such as the one below;spirulina 3

Juice the following;
– 2 Apples
– 1 handful of Kale or Spinach
– A quarter of a cucumber
– 3 slices of pineapple

Then add;
– 1 Avocado
– 1 teaspoon Spirulina powder
– 1 teaspoon desiccated coconut

Blend well and enjoy!

Before purchasing Spirulina you must ensure it is from an uncontaminated source so be sure to ask where it is grown before you buy and that the brand is certified organic!

Sally El-Bannas

Author: Sally El-Banna

Sally is a qualified pharmacist, diet counsellor and self-confessed foodie!

Her main goal is getting people more aware of how they can improve their health through food and natural substances!

Visit Sally’s blog www.pharmacyandfarmacy.com for more wonderful posts!

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