Health Info  Nutrient Glossary  Spirulina

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins B complex, vitamin E, beta carotene, iron selenium, manganese, zinc, copper and gamma linolenic acid. Bearing this in mind, it is considered as a super nutritious green food.

 

As spirulina contains all essential amino acids, it is an excellent protein source for vegetarians. It is a good source of iron as well for it has a high content of iron, which is 58 times higher than spinach. Spirulina contains phycocyanin and chlorophyll as well, which are powerful antioxidants. Spirulina can also help boost immune system, balance the pH value of blood and increase metabolism.

 

Spirulina can be contaminated with toxic substances called microcystins, which can damage the liver. It can also absorb heavy metals from the water where it is grown. Therefore, it is important to buy spirulina from a trusted brand with extremely stringent production environment.

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