When people ask me why I’m a vegetarian, I usually begin my story explaining that I was reading too much while on a Broadway tour. During my vegetarian journey I’ve learned about a lot of foods and supplements that are extremely healing to the body. One of the first supplement foods that I started taking was spirulina. It wasn’t until more recently that I learned why it was so amazing for the body.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae which has all the essential amino acids and is vitamin, mineral, and enzyme rich.
It is a 70% complete protein food and full of antioxidants. Spirulina has vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamide), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), C, D, E. The usable availability of vitamin B12 is in dispute.
Spirulina’s mineral content is abundant in potassium and also has calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, and zinc.
It is a great source of essential fatty acids. Spirulina has gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), linoleic acid (LA), stearidonic acid (SDA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), decosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and arachidonic acid (AA).
Spirulina’s rich color is due to its photosynthetic pigments. It’s most commonly known pigments are cholorphyll-a and beta-carotene, yet it also contains xanthophyll, echinenone, myxoxanthophyll, zeaxanthin, canthaxanthin, 3-hydoxyechinenone, beta-cryptoxanthin, oscillaxanthin, and phycobiliproteins c-phycocyanin and allophycocyanin.
You skin, hair, and nails are an outside presentation of what is going on inside your body.
Spirulina has a copious amount of vital nutrients to support healthy beautiful skin, hair, and nails not to mention its numerous healing benefits in the body due to its alkaline enhancing qualities. Spirulina has been termed one of the greatest whole superfoods. Spirulina is also a simple alternative to taking tons of different vitamins, minerals, and other supplements.
Minimalist Beauty Suggestions:
1. Supplements are used to assist your diet and do not compensate for it.
It is important to pay attention to how foods make you feel. Before I became a vegetarian, I remembered eating a fast food meal before doing a two-hour show and I could hardly get through it. I also noticed that when I ate a balanced meal full of fresh steamed or raw vegetables with lots of water I felt much better. Food should give you energy and not make you want to take a nap.
2. If you really care about your health and beauty eliminate fast food all together.
Consider a vegetarian lifestyle. It has less toll on your body and the environment. Do a lot of research and educate yourself before jumping in.
3. Drink as much water as you can every day.
4. Drink spirulina in the morning with a lot of water 30mins to an hour before breakfast.
I like to mix powdered spirulina in an 8oz. glass 1/2 organic apple juice and water. I’m not a fan of drinking it with only water. Because spirulina is a whole food, it can be taken with a meal or alone.
5. You can always add it to a smoothie at any time of the day as well.
6. Look for quality trusted brands of spirulina.
Also if you have any health concerns check with a physician before adding any new supplements.
Spirulina comes in tablet and powdered form. I have bought it at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. I also love spirulina from Mountain Rose Herbs.
(Photo by spirulina.org.uk)