Say Hello to the Antioxidant That Takes Your Immune System to the Next Level
I can relate. For years I figured feeling “run down” was just a normal part of leading an active and busy life. I assumed that afternoon slumps were a normal part of the workday, getting sick every few months was natural and that occasional indigestion was common.
The sad truth is that these days, even the healthiest foods fall short on delivering the essential nutrients we need for optimal wellness. Between our soil being depleted of nutrients and the over processing of our foods, it’s nearly impossible to give our bodies adequate care with our diets alone.
In addition to having compromised nutrient levels, our bodies use precious energy stores day in and day out, working to flush the thousands of toxins we encounter in our environment, and protect the body from infectious pathogens. Without the adequate nutritional support, is it any wonder we’re feeling run down?
Here’s the thing: Flushing toxins from the liver, maintaining healthy digestion and supporting cells with inflammation fighting antioxidants are three of the greatest influences in the quest to restore energy levels and boost overall feelings of health and vitality. And after years of research, I found there is one nutrient that can tackle all three in ways scientists didn’t think possible.
It seems the secret to adequately flushing toxins from the body while providing high doses of hard-to-get nutrients has been in a “superfood” that’s been popular in Japan for decades: Spirulina.
What Makes Spirulina a Superfood
Often referred to as a “sea vegetable” spirulina is a protein rich blue-green alage that contains health boosting omega fats, as well as powerful antioxidants. It is best known for its ability to detox the body, support liver health and deliver an antioxidant that can’t be found in any other food. Spirulina contains:
- Phycocyanin, a unique antioxidant that provides powerful immune and healthy aging benefits
- Chlorophyll, which supports cellular detoxification and body alkalinity
- Carotenoids, including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, which protect the skin and eyes
- Essential amino acids in a highly-digestible, easy-to-absorb form
- Essential fatty acids, including hard-to-get gamma linoleic acid (GLA)
- Vitamin B12 and other B vitamins that support brain and heart health
- Trace minerals, including magnesium, selenium, zinc, calcium and others
- Superoxide dismutase (SOD), an important antioxidant enzyme
The Antioxidant That Takes Your Immune System to the Next Level
Studies have found that phycocyanin plays a major role in stem cell regeneration and has a miraculous ability to support the immune system.[1,2] Researchers have also hailed phycocyanin for its ability to quell inflammation by acting on COX-2 enzyme activity. In fact, this powerful antioxidant targets the activity of several other enzymes in the body, most notably the ones responsible for balanced and optimized function of the liver and kidneys. This all adds up to incredible immune support.[4,5]
Not surprisingly, Japan — the country with the highest intake of spirulina–also has the world’s highest life expectancy. In fact, both the last and current world record holders for longest living person are from Japan.
With more than 800 peer-reviewed and published studies on spirulina, the health benefits of spirulina are impossible to deny. Research has found that spirulina can:
- Support cellular detoxification and boosts energy (and in that order!)
- Supports a healthy immune system, particularly for seniors.[7,8]
- Curbs allergies.
- Detoxifies, nourishes and protects the liver.
- May help keep cholesterol levels in check.
- Promotes heart health and helps maintain normal blood pressure levels.
- Enhances cognitive function and protects memory.[13,14]
- Promotes healthy skin and wards off free radical damage.
Despite offering essential fatty acids, rare antioxidant phytopigments and a complete profile of essential amino acids, even many health enthusiasts remain wary of this nutrient powerhouse because they just can’t bring themselves to chug a muddy green drink. So I set out to develop the perfect spirulina supplement.
And as amazing as spirulina is on its own, I discovered that adding a particular antioxidant could take the health benefits of spirulina to a whole new level.
Spirulina + Astaxanthin = Nutritional Perfection
Perhaps you’ve heard of astaxanthin. It’s the natural carotenoid compound that gives foods like krill, salmon and shrimp their pink and rosy hues. Not only is astaxanthin considered one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world – boasting an antioxidant power that is 6,000 times that of vitamin C — it is unique in that it has the ability to cross the blood brain and blood retina barriers, adding additional support and protection for the brain and eyes.
Astaxanthin also perfectly complements spirulina’s energy boosting, infection fighting and skin calming perks. Because astaxanthin is incredibly bioavailable, it’s anti-inflammatory properties work quickly to protect your cells and ward off damage caused by common toxins in our environment.
How You Can Easily Obtain the Benefits of This Powerful Health Boosting Pair
Until recently, thick powders mixed with water were the only way to consume beneficial amounts of the health-boosting ingredient. But now, there are a few reputable brands making organic spirulina supplements in doses that are actually backed by research. This is a real game changer.
But please be aware: Spirulina grown in an uncontrolled environment is extremely susceptible to heavy metal contamination.
So when shopping for spirulina in supplement form, make sure the formula uses a high-quality certified organic spirulina for its raw materials.
To learn more about a certified organic spirulina that is enhanced with astaxanthin, perhaps the most potent antioxidant Mother Nature has to offer, and made with a natural vanilla coating to make it smell and taste great, click here.
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Joshua Corn -Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.