I'm going to be talking about the health benefits of spirulina, a super blue-green algae with just tremendous, tremendous benefits. Spirulina is something that I use every single day for my health. I'll talk about not only the benefits but how to use it here, at the end of the video. So spirulina is typically grown in Africa and Mexico, also in Hawaii. In fact, the purest spirulina typically comes out Hawaii today. Actually, in fact, it's not really just an algae. It's also known as a cyanobacteria. So, in a way, it's a probiotic. A lot of people don't realize that about it, but it's a probiotic that is great for your digestive system, and it can actually increase the growth of other probiotics and good microbes in your gut. It's one of the unique properties about it. But spirulina is known as being one of the top super foods in the world today, and one of the reasons is it has a really unique nutrition profile.
It is loaded with chlorophyll, which helps to alkalize your body. It's also loaded with B vitamins, vitamin K, and also minerals like zinc and magnesium. So again, it's really incredible if you look at that nutritional profile. Also it's one of your highest plant-based sources of protein. So if you're vegan or a vegetarian, it's a great way to get more quality protein in your diet because it has a great amino acid profile. Now, let's talk about the benefits. Number one, spirulina has been shown to help detoxify your body of heavy metals. In fact, a recent study found that it detoxifies your body of the heavy metal arsenic. By the way, of all the heavy metals, we probably get more arsenic in our diet than any other heavy metal. The reason being is pesticides today, especially foods that are sprayed with pesticides in China, have loads and loads of arsenic in them. Spirulina helps detoxify your body of that. Now, if you have too much arsenic in your system, it causes liver failure. It's been linked to kidney degeneration. Also it's been linked to neurological issues like dementia and a number of other brain and neurological health issues.
So again, detoxifying your body is critical. Spirulina medically proven to detoxify your body of arsenic. Another medical study out of the journal Chemosphere actually found that spirulina protects your body against radiation poisoning. We've all heard of Fukushima and some of the others. We're exposed to radiation from microwaves to cell phones to things in our food supply on a regular basis. Spirulina has been shown to protect your body against radiation poisoning and help detoxify your body there.
So obviously, a lot of benefits and that's one of the reasons why I take it every single day. I didn't mention this earlier with the heavy metals, but I had somebody ask me recently, “Dr. Axe, can I eat fish? Because some fish have many heavy metals.” I said, “Well, one of the ways you can get around that, or even if you do eat a healthier or wild-caught fish like salmon, if you are worried about the metals, hey,” I said, “have either of scoop of Green Superfood Powder with spirulina in it or a few spirulina tablets, and that will actually help protect your body against the heavy metals or if you're worried about radiation in the fish from the Pacific Ocean.” So great benefits there. Also, spirulina has been shown to help fight cancer, a big reason because of its detoxification benefits. Also it can help increase the antioxidant in your body called glutathione, which is critical for your health. And last, but not least, it's a nutritional powerhouse. It's been shown to help lower cholesterol, balance blood pressure levels, fight diabetes. There's hardly anything out there, a health condition, that spirulina doesn't help with.
It's also something I recommend to patients for boosting their energy levels. If you're a person that sort of gets tired during the day, waking up first thing in the morning, do a green drink with spirulina, and then around the time in the afternoon, a lot of people hit that 2:00 or 3:00 comas, start getting tired, spirulina is great for that. I use spirulina.
The number one way and the way to use it is to add a simple scoop of that. Whether that's a combination formula, like a Green Superfood, or spirulina by itself, add it to a superfood smoothie for breakfast. Also, sometimes I'll make green pancakes with it. So I'll add it to that and some other things. If you don't love the taste, it actually has a very refreshing taste, but if you don't like it, then you can actually just get it in capsule form and take it that way. But again, if you want to detoxify your body of heavy metals, if you want to detox some radiation, if you want to boost your energy levels, fight cancer, and get one of the most complete superfoods that has protein, vitamins and minerals, and loaded with antioxidants and chlorophyll, then the health benefits of spirulina are absolutely for you. If you want to learn more about the benefits of not just spirulina, but of its cousin, chlorella,
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