By: Jane Sandwood
Freelance writer & editor
Fighting a Dystopian Future for Food with Spirulina
Alfred Henry Lewis once warned that societies that seem to be functioning on the outside, can easily reveal their essential weakness. “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy,” he said, and while his focus was on how quickly our social structure can unravel, DJ Cooper rightly points out that dystopia (‘shit happens’) can actually strike us in many areas of our life, manifesting itself in job loss, an accident, or even illness. In terms of health you can invest in your personal utopia, though, by guarding against some of the most common illnesses that threaten our health and wellbeing – including cancer, obesity, and diabetes. One very affordable but mighty ingredient that is doing plenty to stave off disease – is a blue-green algae hailing from Hawaii and bearing the rather magical name of spirulina.
A Rich Source of Vitamins, Minerals and Antioxidants
It can be difficult to obtain all your required fruit and veg portions on a given day but you can always boost your nutritional intake with spirulina, which is rich in amino acids, Calcium Vitamin B1, antioxidants, and iron. For an energetic pick-me-up when you are feeling low, mix just 1 tsp of spirulina powder with 12 oz of lime juice, and sip or freeze and enjoy on a hot summer’s day. The reason this algae can make us feel more energetic is that it effectively ‘unlocks’ sugar from our cells. Interestingly, research has shown that patients with Type 2 diabetes who took 2gr of spirulina daily for two months, showed significant drops in their blood sugar levels.
A Boost for the Immunity
Research has shown that spirulina may help increase antibody levels, and boost levels of proteins that keep diseases such as cancer at bay. Moreover, spirulina (like chlorella, another natural superfood) helps detoxify the body of harmful metals such as arsenic.
An Aid in Weight Loss
If you are on a weight loss diet, bring some healthy spirulina into the picture; since it is dense in protein, it will ensure you don’t have hunger cravings, provide you with more energy to metabolize food, and help maintain lean muscle tissue.
Powerful Physiological Benefits
Spirulina produces many important changes in our body. It contains phycocyanin, a pigment that naturally lowers blood pressure. The vividly hued algae has also been found to reduce cholesterol levels and keep atherosclerosis at bay. Atherosclerosis occurs when fats, cholesterol and other substances build up on the artery walls. It can cause a heart attack or stroke, with research indicating that harmful plaque can start building up in childhood. Good lifestyle choices (regular exercise, a diet rich in seasonal produce and lean proteins, healthy Omega-3 fats and natural supplements like spirulina) can go a long way towards keeping atherosclerosis at bay.
Dystopia can happen suddenly, but we can certainly help push it along by adopting habits we know are harmful to our health. Spirulina, a powerful yet affordable ingredient, can have so many positive effects on our health, since it is is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamins that provoke powerful physiological changes in our body, without having any negative side-effects. Don’t let your health take you by surprise… take control of your future with superfoods like spirulina.