Spirulina: How to use the superfood that’s your heart’s best friend

There’s no question that your heart is one of the most important organs in your body. And, if you don’t keep it healthy, you’re at risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and even heart failure.

Of course, there are a number of ways that we’ve all heard about that can boost your heart health from exercising regularly and giving up smoking to eating more fiber, cutting down on saturated fats and sodium and quitting smoking.

But, you may not know that there is a supplement that you can sprinkle into your shakes, smoothies or just a glass of water that many experts are now recommending to keep your heart ticking along.

Antioxidant powerhouse

It’s called spirulina and it’s a form of blue-green algae that’s absolutely packed with the nutrients your whole body, including your heart, needs to stay healthy.

Even a single tablespoon gives you four grams of protein plus iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins and more. This makes it super nutrient dense gram for gram.

And, it’s an antioxidant powerhouse.

You see, the main component of spirulina is phycocyanin. It’s what gives it its blue-green color and is a superior antioxidant for fighting free radical damage that can lead to inflammation. And, since inflammation has been linked to many chronic conditions, including heart disease, this makes spirulina your new best friend.

Supports healthy cholesterol

Spirulina has even been shown to promote healthy cholesterol levels.

In fact, a 2018 meta-analysis of spirulina research found that people who took spirulina supplements had lower levels of “bad cholesterol” or LDL, total cholesterol and triglycerides than those who took a placebo.

And, those aren’t the only benefits of spirulina when it comes to cholesterol.

Studies have also shown that spirulina has the power to inhibit the lipid peroxidation that can result in the oxidation of that bad cholesterol — damage that is one of the steps that take you from high cholesterol to heart disease.

Maintain healthy blood pressure

Spirulina could also help you maintain healthy blood pressure…

Research has shown that our favorite algae can help support lower blood pressure most likely because it helps activate nitric oxide in your blood vessels.

This nitric oxide sends out a signal for your blood vessels to dilate or widen, allowing blood to flow more freely. It’s like the difference in sucking clear water or a thick milkshake through a straw.

A serious superfood

All of this makes spirulina an amazing superfood for boosting your heart health.

My favorite source of spirulina is Peak Organic Alkalizing Greens™. Not only do you get a healthy dose of the heart-healthy blue-green algae, but every scoop also delivers:

  • Organic Greens Blend – In addition to spirulina, you get a powerhouse of fermented alkaline-forming grasses including barley, oat, alfalfa, and wheatgrass plus broken cell wall chlorella and dulse leaf. These greens undergo a special fermentation process that ensures they are easier to digest and are bio-available, so you get their full nutritional value.
  • Organic Fruit & Vegetable Blend – A special blend of alkalizing kale, carrot, parsley, broccoli, spinach, apple, blueberry, and black currant.
  • Organic Fiber Blend – Inulin, flaxseed fiber, and gum acacia encourage and support your digestive and intestinal health and help keep your gut at a healthy pH balance.
  • Organic Antioxidant & Alkalizing Spice Blend – This blend includes the super mineral Vitakelp™, an excellent source of iodine plus nitric oxide producing beet and gut-soothing ginger for even better blood vessel health.
  • Enzyme & Probiotic Blend –This proprietary blend of enzymes and probiotics helps you digest proteins, fats, and carbohydrates and balance your intestinal flora for optimal gut health.

So, if you’re ready to take the next step in promoting good health, spirulina could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

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By Virginia Tims-Lawson

Virginia Tims-Lawson has dedicated her life to researching and studying natural health after her mother had a stroke that left her blind in one eye at the age of 47, and her grandmother and two great uncles died from heart attacks. Spurred by her family history, Virginia’s passion to improve her and her family’s health through alternative practices, nutrients and supplements has become a mission she shares through her writing. She is the founder and Chief Research officer for Peak Pure & Natural.