What makes any food or supplement fit to be placed or labeled as a superfood?
Spirulina, a type of microscopic blue-green algae gained popularity and its superfood status due to its high content of vitamins and minerals as well as the many benefits that studies say come along with it. The name Spirulina is derived from the spiraling shape it forms as it grows. It best thrives in warm, fresh water lakes but it can also be found in salt water and natural springs as well. Once, harvested it turns into a thick paste, it is then dried then packed into powder to be converted for intake as tablets and capsules.
Spirulina is most commonly sold as a health food or supplement.At present, there are diverse existing claims about its lipid decreasing, immunostimulatory, antiviral and anticancer effects and it is said to be possibly effective for treating precancerous mouth lesions. Premenstrual syndrome, fatigue, anxiety, depression, wound healing, problems in digestion, high cholesterol and heart disease, to name a few, are the said indications of Spirulina. It is specifically recommended to athletes who have frequent complains about muscular fatigue and deficiencies, thus making it also beneficial for women who experience painful and frequent periods, for it serves as a muscle relaxant during monthly cramps.
Spirulina is so rich in its composition; this is why it is effective in ridding or detoxifying the body of heavy metals and other pollutants, stimulating the immune system, and protecting the body overall. It also combats excessive blood cholesterol and diabetes or the level of glucose in the blood.
Spirulina is largely composed of essential amino acids, protein and it naturally has high iron content, which makes it ideal during pregnancy, after surgery or anytime the immune system needs a boost. It is hyped for its high B-12 content, which makes it excellent for the development of healthy nerve tissue and the metabolism of every cell in the body, meaning, Spirulina helps with nerve damage and disease such as fibromyalgia. It is generally safe for usage by the public, having only a few side effects such as migraine, constipation or diarrhea which can be prevented by lowering dosages.
Who would have thought that a simple blue - green algae can do so much? Although, further studies is needed to completely assess the long list of benefits Spirulina has to offer and it may not cure all or can be used as a replacement for other therapies, it certainly bears the makings of a superfood and thus is rightly labeled as one.