With all the health risks associated with synthetic supplements out there, its a no-brainer that you want to get iodine naturally. And there is one great natural source of iodine that I want to bring to your attention. The source is... Spirulina!
Yes spirulina. If you are unfamiliar with what this is, it is called a blue-green algae but is actually a cyanobacteria that is becoming more and more popular in the recent years due to its numerous health benefits. It is considered the most nutrient dense food on the planet and holds several records for nutrient concentration.
But what I want to bring to your attention here is that spirulina is NOT a very good source of iodine. Sure it contains iodine, and plenty of it, but I do not recommend that you supplement spirulina for this reason an...
Fermenting spirulina can be very beneficial, allowing its nutrients to be more easily absorbed. During fermentation sugars are converted into lactic acid. It kickstarts the digestion process and makes it easier for your body to get what it needs.
Spirulina is often fermented for its protein content. Fermenting protein makes the individual amino acids more easily available, which means you have a better chance of absorbing them and getting your use out of them.
The process of fermentation can be complicated but it doesn't have to be. I'm going to go over a very simple and easy to follow process that anyone can do, and it works just fine.
How To Ferment Spirulina
1: Kefir Starter
First you are going to start out with a probiotic, in this case I recommend a kefir starter.
Phycocyanin is a pigment protein complex that is heavily sought after for its many health benefits. But how can get phycocyanin? What is the best phycocyanin supplement?
Spirulina is a great source of phycocyanin, and its all natural. Supplementing spirulina will provide you with a good amount of phycocyanin, and I'll go over exactly how much phycocyanin you can expect to get. But first, for those of you who don't already know, or for those of you who just need a little refresher, I'm going to go over what phycocyanin is and its more important health benefits.
The Wonderful Phycocyanin
Phycocyanin is a phycobiliprotein that is common in many cyanobacteria, such as spirulina. It plays a very important rule in the process of photosynthesis and directly absorbs sunlight.
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Constipation seems to be one of the most common talked about side effects to consuming spirulina. But is there any truth to this? Are spirulina and constipation linked? To answer this question I looked into what it is about spirulina that could potentially cause constipation.
And what I found is somewhat of a mixed view. While some of the many nutrients in spirulina can cause constipation, there are also properties of spirulina that should actually reduce the chances of constipation.
But lets begin by going over some of the reasons why spirulina may be causing constipation.
Why Spirulina Might Be Causing Constipation
Iron May Be The Cause
Studies show that too high of a dietary iron intake will indeed cause constipation. And spirulina does contain a hefty amount of iron, about 2mg
As far as natural treatments go, taking spirulina for eczema is one of the better ones out there. You can find personal testimonials to spirulina's eczema curing magic, but I'm more interested in HOW exactly spirulina can benefit eczema.
So I did some research and want to provide you with some of the benefits that spirulina has for eczema treatment.
Gamma-linolenic Acid from Spirulina
When doing some research online, I found that gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is a common treatment for skin conditions such as eczema and acne. And you guessed it, Spirulina has GLA, and a lot of it.
Gamma-linolenic-acid is an omega-6 fatty acid. And according to Dr. Weil, MD, GLA has "specific nourishing effects on skin, hair, and nails that are not duplicated by omega-3 fatty acids". For skin conditions...
There are testimonials one the internet that claim taking spirulina for autism is a cure, or at least beneficial. But does this hold any truth? Or is it maybe just a coincidence that some children's autism cleared up after supplementing spirulina?
Although there are no clinical studies published at this moment on the effects that spirulina has on autism, I still think its safe to conclude that spirulina, at the very least, would be beneficial to those with autism.
Heavy metals accelerate and increase the chances of autism, and spirulina has the ability to absorb and remove heavy metals from the body.
To understand this first you need to know how heavy metals effect autism.
Heavy Metals Effects on Autism
A study conducted by Dr. William Walsh, Ph.D, and Dr. Anjum Usman, MD, shows
If you are wondering "does spirulina stain your teeth?" The answer is YES it does. I have a little personal story to tell you about this, as it happened to me.
But first of all, not all spirulina forms will stain your teeth. If you are taking spirulina tablets or spirulina capsules you will not have this problem. Why? Well because it doesn't even get on your teeth! Spirulina powder is what will stain them.
Spirulina Powder Stains Teeth
Spirulina has such a rich dark blue-green pigment that it is no wonder that it can stain things. It seems like whatever it gets on it will just stick to with its dense color.
If you have ever took spirulina powder, whether it be in a smoothie, in water, baked in something, or whatever else, you probably have noticed that it is stuck all over your tee...
Arthritis is a pain that can affect nearly everything you do throughout your day if its bad enough. But there are ways to fix this. Have you ever heard of taking spirulina for arthritis? If you have arthritis and are interested in a natural, all around healthy remedy that actually works then I suggest you listen up.
Before I get into things I think its important that you know what spirulina is if you don't already. So just to give you a very brief summary, Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is becoming increasingly popular for human consumption. It is considered the most nutrient dense natural food on earth and has a TON of health benefits because of this.
But anyway.., now I'll get to the point of the article.
Spirulina can help with your arthritis and its proven!
There is a the...
Yeast infections are no fun for anybody. Itchiness, rashes, burning sensation, nobody wants to feel like this. And if this is you then listen up. Spirulina is a natural remedy that can help you out and get rid of your yeast infection.
Candida albicans is the most common form of yeast infection accounting for about 90% of all yeast infections. And YES, spirulina is proven to be an effective remedy. But I'll get into this a little later.
First you need to know that I'm not just talking about women here. Sure vaginal yeast infections are the most known and this is rightly so. But did you know that yeast infections can affect much more? Both men and women. You can get yeast infections almost anywhere on your body, and many people are not aware of this.
Yeast infections mostly occur in...
Ok, so there are a lot of people claiming that spirulina works for acne, but they haven't tested it out for themselves. Well I have, and I'm telling you that it works! and its such a relief to have finally found something that clears up my skin.
I already wrote an article on why spirulina can cure your acne problem, but in this article I'm going to provide you with my very own testimonial to the acne beating powers of spirulina.
A little background on my acne problem
I have had acne since I was probably 16 years old. Luckily I have never had a problem with face acne, which is obviously the most visible. The acne that I have always had is on my upper back/shoulder area and the back of my neck. You may have heard this as being referred to as "backne" because its on the back.