Tuesday, 14 June 2011
I decided to have a break from crafting waffle today, just for a change - normal service will be resumed soon. Take a look at this picture (above) how appetising does that look? yummy right? nooooooooooooooooo. This is what my friend Sylvia has me taking daily in my morning fruit juice. She told me all about it, then force fed it to me (well, slight exageration she brought me some in a jar).
This super food is SPIRULINA. To save me trying to tell you here is some information I just copied from "Wisegeek.com"
Spirulina is a blue-green, one-celled form of algae that thrives in warm, alkaline fresh bodies of water such as lakes and ponds. It has a long history of being used for human consumption for its many health benefits. Over the years, spirulina has nourished the citizens of Africa, Asia, and South America. The Mayas and the Aztecs used the algae as a central part of their diet. Today, spirulina is consumed by health conscious people all over the world.
Spirulina is popular with health buffs because it packs such a potent nutritional punch. This algae weighs in with an impressive 60% all-vegetable protein, and also contains a powerful combination of important vitamins and minerals such as iron, vitamin E, zinc, B-complex, copper, calcium, and magnesium. It is also a rich source of the antioxidant beta-carotene and the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA). In other words, spirulina is one heck of an algae.
Spirulina also contains very little calories, sugar, or starch. The average 500 mg tablet of spirulina contains only one to two calories. It does offer some carbohydrates in the form of rhamnose and glycogen, both of which are easily absorbed by the human body. Thus, the sugars found in spirulina can provide a quick, healthy energy boost.
Spirulina is easy to find in pill or powder form. Although there are no known toxicities associated with spirulina, it is always best and safest to talk with a health care provider before taking any nutritional supplement.
You can find lots of information on google about its benefits. But if you did decided to give it a try dont blame me when you discover it does actually taste appauling. I have found the best mix to be in Cranberry and Raspberry juice. It has amazed me finally doing some research into foods that are very good for you, so I felt so much better today with my salad, including healthy lettuce and celery. So much so I can even really enjoy my nice healthy glass of red wine later (as part of my 5 a day of course).
I do believe a varied diet to be the best, so here at SimJaTa we are not all Spirulina and salad thats for sure, we still eat plenty of what they say we shouldnt but in moderation.
So, off for that nice glass of the red stuff now, probably with a small amount of chocolate too - really do need to balance these things out!
Please do share your own healthy supplements with us, would love to hear benefits of what my bloggers take (as long as it tastes better please).
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