Eat Algae

Algae and Gut Health?

That’s right. If you understand how important a healthy digestive system is to your well being, you might want to consider adding algae to your next salad!

It’s called spirulina and it’s ridiculously healthy for you. I first became interested in it because of my research on it’s benefit to digestive health, but that is only a small part of what it can do for the body. But let’s start there…

Spirulina helps to promote good digestion and normal bowel function. How? It contains chlorophyll which regularizes the digestive system and eases the passage of waste. It helps to stimulate good bacteria in your gut and boost your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Not only that, it also suppresses the “bad guys” like e-coli and candida.

Spirulina contains a remarkable 50 to 70 percent protein (animal meat is around 27 percent protein). What is equally remarkable is the fact that the protein is highly digestible due to it not having cellulose walls. Some research shows that it is up to 4 times more absorbable than protein from beef!

One last note on spirulina and gut health is it’s prebiotic benefits. I’ve written in the past about the importance of having prebiotics in your diet. Spirulina is now being recognized as providing prebiotics for your gut.
Other Benefits of Spirulina
• It’s an alkalizing food
• Contains about 2000 enzymes to help you break food down into digestible parts
• Contains one of the highest concentrations of omega 6 fatty acids
• High protein content that is very absorbable
• Is a rich source of phytonutrients such as carotenoids, GLA, SOD and phycocyanin
• Has 2800% more beta-carotene than carrots
• Has 3900% more iron than spinach
• Has 280% more antioxidants than blueberries
• Strengthens the immune system
• Boosts energy levels
• Has these minerals: copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, sodium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, calcium, and selenium
• Has these vitamins: riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin K, vitamin E, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin A
• Aids in weight loss by reducing hunger
• Helps build muscle and boost endurance levels. Great for athletes.
• Helps to decrease anemia. Builds blood.
• Reduces cholesterol
• Lowers blood pressure
• Helps detoxify arsenic from the body

As with all food and supplements, the SOURCE is extremely important. Be sure to purchase a quality, pure spirulina as it does no good to consume a contaminated product.

As much as some would like to say that spirulina is the “magic bullet” that will cure every disease, it of course will not. People want to pop a few “pills” to be healthy, but yet continue to eat their junk food, not exercise, and live their very unhealthy lifestyle. Spirulina is a great addition to an already healthy lifestyle (or to help you on your way)!

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Dr. Shah, MD