Updated: Aug 27, 2019
Spirulina is a superfood with tremendous health benefits! Considered a complete protein, this blue-green algae provides an ideal balance of all nine essential amino acids. It’s also naturally loaded with vitamins A through E, iron, potassium, calcium, and antioxidants.
Health Benefits of Spirulina
Protein Powerhouse: A single one-ounce serving of spirulina (about 2 tablespoons) is sixteen grams of protein. It also contains all nine essential amino acids needed to build protein, which repair muscle tissue, improve metabolism and prevent hunger.
Antioxidant: Spirulina has an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of over 24,000, which is four times the ORAC score of blueberries! The ORAC score measures the antioxidant concentration in foods.
Nutrients Galore: Spirulina powder also contains a wide range of minerals, from iron and calcium to potassium and zinc. Amino acids play a key role in our body’s ability to efficiently use these minerals – and spirulina contains all nine essential amino acids!
Super Source of Iron: Spirulina gives spinach a run for its money because a one-ounce serving of spirulina provides 44 percent of the daily recommended value (DRV) for iron. Responsible for transporting oxygen-rich blood cells throughout the body, iron from spirulina boosts energy and fights fatigue.
Easy-to-Digest: Since its cell walls have no cellulose, spirulina’s protein is 85-95 percent digestible. This percentage is higher than that of any other common plant! It’s also more digestible than other rich protein sources such as red meat and even soy. Easy-to-digest proteins like spirulina are better assimilated by the body.
Spirulina Can Strengthen The Immune System And Reduce Allergies
When the immune system is stressed or suffering, it draws on the body’s metabolic energy. Dogs with immune system imbalance often feel chronic fatigue and low energy, and usually suffer from allergies. A small amounts of spirulina can help balance and stabilize the immune system, freeing up more metabolic energy for vitality, healing and assimilation of nutrients. It enhances the body’s cellular communication process and its ability to read and repair DNA, like a kind of cellular tune up.
Studies confirm spirulina improves immune system function. Medical scientists discovered it not only stimulates the immune system, it actually enhances the body’s ability to generate new blood cells. Important parts of the immune system – bone marrow stem cells, macrophages, T-cells and natural killer cells, spleen and thymus glands – all show enhanced activity. Scientists observe it causes macrophages to increase in number, become activated and more effective at killing germs. Because spirulina increases disease resistance in animals, even in very small doses, the animal feed industry is studying its use as a new probiotic to help replace overused antibiotic drugs in animal feeds.