>> Saturday, April 3, 2010
Before I get started on my post, I just wanted to mention that the winner of the $50 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods was Emily of Healthy Eating, Naturally – congrats!
Now on with the show!
When I was pregnant with YS2, I consumed fair amounts of spirulina and hemp protein (both powder and seeds, I prefer seeds over powder any day though) thanks to my wonderful hubby, who was so diligent in making most of my meals, including daily smoothies. He is after all, what I call, the Smoothie Master.
We think those two superfoods are some of the reasons we’re so blessed to have such a caaaalllmmmm baby. I ain’t kiddin folks! No, he wasn’t born with dreadlocks and singing Bob Marley but people always comment how chill and laid back he is. I’ve even been offered to trade kids. Ha ha ha! No.
- Supports and strengthens the immune system
- The richest beta carotene food (10x more than carrots), so that means good for your eyes/vision and provides anti-cancer protection
- Contains the rare yet essential fatty acid Gamma-linolenic acid aka GLA; GLA in mama’s milk helps develop healthy babies – bonus!
- Easily digested; 90% +/- digestible, compared to 18-20% digestibility for meat protein
- Concentrated nutrient value
- Antioxidants galore
- Highest protein food (60%+ all veggie protein) with all the essential amino acids, meaning a complete protein (see article: http://www.naturalways.com/spirulina-analysis.htm)
- Other trace minerals, including potassium, calcium, manganese, and zinc
- Highest natural source of B-12
- Perfect for everyone, including athletes, elderly, children, pregnant and nursing moms
- Heart healthy
- Lowers the bad cholesterol (LDL), raises the good cholesterol (HDL)
- Improves digestion
- Beneficial for those suffering from heavy metal poisoning or other toxins (see article: http://www.naturalnews.com/027740_spirulina_chlorella.html)
- Accelerates detoxification during fasting/cleansing
- Phytonutrients - including chlorophyll, phycocyanin and polysaccharides (see article: http://www.naturalnews.com/008421_spirulina_cancer_food.html)
- helps protect Vitamin C from potency loss
If you have a bottle, please follow the recommendations and dosage amounts listed to be safe. Take too much and you could experience problems as noted in this post. Another article talks about some possible side effects and is there such a thing as too much spirulina? I share this info with you because you should discover the pros and cons for yourself and as with most things there are always two sides. For me, spirulina is a good thing.
In our household, it takes a good long while to go through a jar. In fact, I’m not sure we ever have. So the cons in this case aren’t going to be happening anytime soon. The cost could deter some people but since it takes us awhile to go through a jar it's justified.
I will say eating spirulina is an acquired taste. Uh yeah. By itself or in larger amounts, it’s kinda nasty IMO but mixed in a smoothie is best. I get used to the flavor after a bit and I’ll admit I always feel so great after having it but sometimes I have to mentally prepare for it because it’s just kinda weird eating powdered blue-green algae. I mean really.
We’d been using the Healthforce spirulina since the beginning of our journey. Just plain ol’, good ol’ spirulina. Per their webpage I don’t see it listed so I’m guessing it’s way old. Doesn’t matter though as we recently switched to Healthforce Spirulina Manna and let me tell you, this stuff is awesome! Yes, you read that right, I said awesome. We did a finger taste test between old and new and the old stuff made me make ugly faces but the manna, nope. It was fresh and tasty. Made me feel bad that YS2 has been eating icky tasting spirulina when all this time he could’ve had something much more tasty (although, he never seemed to notice). So forget all the stuff I wrote before about it being kinda nasty.