I am of an age where I would say that it is another term for food. That is food that has been grown and picked, cut, plucked or harvested with little or no processing involved. As a child of the 60’s and 70’s I ate superfoods everyday of the week, in the form of apples, carrots, cabbage, plums, blackcurrants swede, parsnips, and all the other fruit and vegetables which were grown by my Father in our garden. That image is now a distant memory for most of us, unless you have an allotment. Gardens have been dug up, and turned into another room, an extension of our house, for enjoyment and socialising, and rarely as a place to grow our very own superfoods, literally “in our back garden”
So now we have a phrase which we have coined, to call regular fruit and vegetables, and some herbs and spices, and that is the word “Superfood”. There is no medical or legal definition of the term.
Superfoods are nutrient rich with vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants and polyphenols, which are vital for good health. So on the back of winning an award for our supergreen food Green Magic this past week, lets look at just 1 of the 16 ingredients, which are all superfoods in their own right, and how it plays a role in maintaining health in the human body.
When it comes to superfood rankings, spirulina is one of the most powerful. Research has found it contains 100 different nutrients, ranging from protein, essential fatty acids, B vitamins, calcium, iron, to magnesium and chlorophyll plus many more, it is also one of the 16 superfoods found in proto-col’s revolutionary nutritional product, green magic.
Here are 7 reasons why you should be consuming spirulina daily:
1. Protein: Spirulina is made up of approximately 60-70% of complete protein, gram by gram it has more protein than beef, poultry, fish and soybeans.
2. Iron: Just 1-2 teaspoons of spirulina provides 1.5-3g of iron, which is up to 22% of your recommended daily intake (RDI). Iron is vital for energy, immune health as well as healthy hair, skin and nails.
3. B Vitamins: Spirulina contains B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9. These vitamins are particularly helpful for improving energy production.
4. Antioxidants: Spirulina contains antioxidants such as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, xanthophylls and other important carotenoid compounds. These nutrients are important for skin, eyes, heart and immune health.
5. Chlorophyll: One of nature’s most powerful detoxifying agents. Shown to be effective at helping to remove toxins from the blood.
6. Alkaline: In order to stay healthy, it is essential that 80% of our food is alkaline (or basic) and no more than 20% acidic. The pH balance is critical for human health. Spirulina offers a convenient solution to the pH problems of most diets as it is very alkaline.
7. GLA: Spirulina is one of the leading sources of Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory agents in nature. GLA is also particularly beneficial to women, as it can ease the symptoms of PMS.
Over the coming weeks I shall be writing about the other ingredients in Green Magic and how they help to keep your healthy. At just 50p a day, for a teaspoon of Green Magic, with only 15 calories per teaspoon, isn’t it time you gave your health a boost?