By Jenny TravensBlue-green algae may not be a staple in restaurant menus, but many people recognize the health benefits it offers. Spirulina algae or Arthrospira plantes particularly grow in mineral-rich waters and salty waters of South America and Mexico. These blue-green algae are commonly used as a dietary supplement because of its wide array of essential vitamins and minerals. It is found in the forms of tablets or powder that is sprinkled in food or mixed with your favorite beverage. The term spirulina is coined from its spiral structure. There are two common species of spirulina that is used for human consumption, namely, Arthrospira plantesis and Arthrospira maxima. Because of its adaptability in freshwater and marine water, these two species are easily cultured in artificial ponds. Some of the known spirulina nutrition facts are listed below. Protein Spirulina is composed of at least 60% protein. For instance a 112 g serving of spirulina contains approximately 64 g of protein. Protein is a macro nutrient that is vital in building and repairing tissues and supporting muscle activities. According to National Institute of Health, fifteen percent of the body’s weight is made up of protein making it an essential nutrient for healthy growth. B-Vitamins The B-vitamins is a group of water-soluble vitamins that is required in energy production as well as producing red blood cells. Spirulina contains adequate amount of vitamin B3, B6, B9, and B12.
- Vitamin B3 or Niacine plays a role in the production of hydrochloric acid that is required for digestive processes.
- Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine is involved in breaking down carbohydrates and turning it into energy and maintains a healthy brain functioning.
- Vitamin B9 or folic acid (folate) is a micronutrient that aids in cellular growth and regeneration while preventing various conditions such as anemia, fetal deformities, Alzheimer’s disease, and many types of cancers.
- Vitamin B12 helps your blood cells and nerves in a good shape. A deficiency of this vitamin may lead to anemia, memory loss, weight loss, and weakness.
A friend of ours, Mike Dirks, a well known Personal Trainer in Vancouver and very passionate about health and fitness, is hosting an amazing event October 19th at the Creekside Community Centre in downtown Vancouver. He wants to teach you how to kick start your approach to fitness!
Recharge is a one-day event that will energize you, and spark new ideas in six key areas of your life: mind, body, spirit, career, relationships and finances.It’s like getting ten of the thought leaders of the city to be your personal mentors for the day. People who can help with every area of your life. He will be joined by world-class keynote speaker Peter Twist, an icon in the fitness industry. He’s the founder of Twist Conditioning whose training method and equipment are used around the world, he trained the Canucks, and he just beat brain cancer. He’ll be speaking about how to have an impact. You also get the opportunity to individually tailor your day, choosing from over a dozen workshops, interactive sessions and lectures that best help you maximize your potential.
Dai and Christie Manuel, Life Enhancers: Recharge Your Relationships
Scott Andrews, holistic nutritionist: New Ideas for Nutrition
Kelly Jablonski, athlete/plane crash survivor: Recharge Your Spirit
Dana Flemming and Nancy Fearon, Vision Wealth Management: Financial Planning 101
Amrit and Noelle, Vancity: Do You Have What It Takes to Be An Entrepreneur?
Gordon Dirks, politician/trustee: Recharge your Leadership
Riel Roussopoulos, digital expert: Maximize your Minutes - 10 Apps to Recharge your Life
- Rachael McErlean, McErlean Mortgages: Recharge your Career
At the end of the day, you’ll get the support, coaching and tools you need to create a concrete action plan. You’ll leave equipped and empowered to stay motivated and make real change.And the best part about growing locally, is that you’ll also have the opportunity to become part of an ongoing community and a conversation that will support you to reach your goals.
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