Wouldn’t it be great if there were a single natural vitamin to take care of your nutrition? Well there is! Spirulina is a superfood, and one of the most nutritionally complete animal or plant foods on Earth

Spirulina is a single celled blue-green algae, and probably started the whole ‘superfood’ idea. During the late 80s when I discovered natural health; the herbalist who helped me rebuild my health used spirulina as her preferred vitamin supplement. The fact that it is natural means it is easy for the body to use – I still use and recommend it. The name ‘spirulina’ comes from the Latin for ‘little spiral’, and this tiny plant grows naturally using only sunlight and water.

A complete – and super! food

Spirulina is a complete protein and contains all the essential and non-essential amino acids in an easily digestible form. The 65% protein content is higher than meat or fish (15-25%), soya (35%), eggs (12%) or whole milk (3%). And because it’s a natural food, vitamins are absorbed easily into the body.

Spirulina’s low fat content makes it a great addition to a weight-loss diet. Take it before meals to curb your appetite. you’ll still get all the necessary vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, carbohydrates, trace elements and enzymes. Its nutritional profile also includes lipids and other essential fatty acids: GLA and nucleic acids (RNA and DNA)

Oxygen power

The chlorophyll in spirulina enhances the oxygen in our bodies, right down to cellular level. Chlorophyll is what makes plants green, and plants use chlorophyll molecules to transport oxygen for energy. By eating plants that contain chlorophyll, we increase the oxygen and energy in our bodies too. I like to think of it as a green superfood transfusion!

Spirulina sweeps toxins like chemicals and heavy metals from the body, and breaks up mucous along the digestive tract. It is very useful to help reduce the boy’s toxic load that builds up over a lifetime. If you’re old enough to remember the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, you’ll know the tragedy killed and poisoned the population around the reactor. But what you may not know is that Spirulina was used to detoxify over 150,000 children who were affected with radiation poisoning.

A clean body works better, lives better! Spirulina cleanses, supports the growth of friendly bacteria, suppresses pathogenic or ‘bad’ bacteria, yeasts, fungi (including Candida) and parasites.

Natural healing

The last amazing natural vitamin fact about spirulina is its’ ability to harvest light. Phytocyanin is the protein responsible: it gives the algae its’ slightly ‘blue’ colour. Many kinds of therapies use light to bring the body into balance so that it can activate its’ own inbuilt healing ability. Taking Spirulina literally brings the entire colour spectrum of light into the cells of your body.

Where to buy Spirulina

Many online shops sell Spirulina. You’ll probably also find it in your local health food shop. I use, and recommend Xynergy Spirulina. Dosage is 2 to 6 capsules or tablets three times per day. To help weight loss, take half an hour before meals.

Enjoy feeling great!

Written by Elaine Bartlett, Nut,Cert, Dip.ITEC, Faceworks Founder and Natural Health Therapist