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Health and Nutritional Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina - a Superfood


Updated May 30, 2014



Mark Sadowski
Spirulina is, essentially, blue-green algae that is associated with a wide range of nutritional and health benefits. You’ll find spirulina as a supplement in almost any health food store in the form of tablets, flakes, powders and pills.

Nutritional Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina contains high amounts of protein, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids and vitamins and minerals. In short, the nutritional benefits of spirulina are pretty high. Basically, blue-green algae pull in a wide variety of nutrients both from the sun (they are plants) and from the water it grows in. There are claims (as with every so-called Superfood) that spirulina can fight cancer, slow HIV progression and more. Of course, these claims are generally overstated or refer to the individual nutrients in spirulina in high laboratory doses.

Should I Eat More Spirulina?

Maybe. It is a natural source of a lot of good stuff: vitamins, minerals, protein and more. If you are looking for a more “natural vitamin” to supplement your diet, spirulina may just be it. If you are looking for a miracle cure for diabetes, allergies, cancer or anything else, though, spirulina doesn’t hold anymore promise than a well-balanced diet.

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