Make Your Body Feel Cleana With This Spirulina
Imagining the individual spirulina cell in all its tiny glory (40 of these puny power-punchers laid end-to-end would just aboutcomprise the width of a human hair), it can be a reach to get one’s head around all the largesse these little friends contain. First off, spirulina contains all three of the so-called “branched amino acids”; leucine, isoleucine and valine. You may recall that these are the sought-after muscle building proteins so beloved of barbell-and-bicep hobbyists. But spirulina contains 15 other proteins, plus loads of vitamins like beta-carotene, riboflavin, thiamine, Vitamins C, B6, E and K, and a bunch of minerals like iron, magnesium, sodium, potassium….it’s a little crazy. There’s something about the sea... she seems to infuse her tiniest denizens with subaqueous power like nobody’s business. Good thing we’re related, huh? Better yet, good thing you can buy this powerhouse powder here.
What does this free-floating algal pal do for us? It lowers cholesterol (LDL, the bad cholesterol that plasters your artery walls and escorts you to the ICU), and spirulina’s phycocyanin and β-carotene work antioxidant and anti-inflammatory magic, too. Spirulina has been shown in clinical studies to inhibit cytokines, the cellular messengers whose over-anxious signals can lead to unnecessary and unhealthy “inflammations”, the kind that cascade into serious disorders, cancer among them. In a study done on older adults, Spirulina even managed to mitigate anemia. This algal medicine chest has also demonstrated measurable positive effect on mental acuity and retention, and its ability to produce densely nutritive, protein-packed food in comparatively little space makes it one of several natural solutions to the world’s food crisis. And the “lots of nutritional bang from a small spatial footprint” thing makes spirulina the perfect space food for long-haul astronauts out to settle the starry frontier.