Did you know that even if you eat what is widely considered a “healthy diet” full of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats, chances are you’re still not getting the nutrition you need to thrive?
The sad truth is that food today is significantly lower in nutrients than it was just 50 years ago.
Eating healthy is extremely important. But unfortunately, due to the industrialization of our food system, so much nutrition has been over-farmed and processed out of our food that these days, you really need some extra help to stay healthy. If you’ve got nagging health problems that just don’t seem to go away, they could be due to nutritional deficiencies, which, more often than not, go undetected by our traditional medical system.
What if there was a nutrient-dense “superfood” that was so incredibly rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other micronutrients, that it could nourish your body back to optimal health?
Guess what? There is such a superfood out there!
The American Superfood Revolution
In the last several years, sales of superfoods like blueberries, pomegranate, broccoli and almonds have exploded as a growing number of people are waking up to the fact that we need concentrated sources of nutrition to thrive as individuals. And this is a good sign. But for some reason, most Americans have turned a blind eye to a simple, inexpensive food that NASA has identified as a top superfood, and an answer to the dilemma of keeping astronauts nourished on extended space journeys.[1,2]
The #1 Superfood Most Americans Ignore
Spirulina, a type of freshwater blue-green algae that has been consumed as part of traditional diets throughout the world for centuries, is incredibly rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other micronutrients. In fact, most experts consider it the most nutrient dense food on the planet. The Japanese are particularly fond of spirulina and consume more of it than any other population in the world. Not surprisingly, they also have the world’s highest life expectancy.
Before you say “yuck” to the idea of eating algae, you’ll be surprised to learn how easy it can be to add it to your diet. More on that later, but first, some interesting facts about spirulina.
Spirulina is the most concentrated natural source of protein on earth. This is 334% more than beef and 556% more than tofu! Spirulina is a “complete” protein, meaning it offers the full profile of all the essential amino acids the human body needs. Spirulina is also highly digestible, so the amino acids and other nutrients it contains are extremely easy to absorb, which makes it an incredibly valuable food source.[3,5]
The Nutrients That Make Spirulina a Top Superfood
- 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 Found ONLY in Spirulina
Recently, scientists have discovered that phycocyanin, a blue antioxidant pigment that gives spirulina its natural blue-green hue, offers incredible health benefits.[13,14] Phycocyanin strengthens the immune system by promoting production of white blood cells and increases oxygenation throughout the body by supporting the creation of red blood cells. Additionally, phycocyanin has been shown to play a major role in stem cell regeneration, particularly in bone marrow and blood cells. Spirulina is the only known natural source of phycocyanin.
The Amazing Scientifically Researched Health Benefits of Spirulina
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Boosts energy levels naturally
- Supports cellular detoxification
- Helps to keep bodily pH in a healthy range
- Promotes optimal cardiovascular health
- Helps to maintain normal blood pressure levels
- Nourishes and protects the liver
- Supports healthy blood sugar levels
- Enhances cognitive function
- Curbs hunger and promotes weight loss
The Problems with Eating Algae
Let’s be honest. As miraculous as the benefits of consuming spirulina may be, the idea of eating algae is less than tantalizing. Many people avoid spirulina because they dislike the smell and taste. As hard as I try to sell people on spirulina’s miraculous benefits, I often get a negative reaction.
Spirulina has been widely available for years in a freeze-dried powder form that can be mixed into water or smoothies. I’m not a big fan of powdered spirulina, because it’s not convenient to take every day, and frankly, it has a less than pleasant “algae” smell. That’s why I recommend taking spirulina in tablet form. But not just any tablet will do.
Unless it has a special coating, a spirulina tablet can smell and taste just like the powder. And unfortunately, the quality of spirulina pills on the market varies wildly. Some of it is harvested from impure waters that are tainted with radioactive fallout, heavy metals, pesticides and other toxins. Some of it is heavily processed and irradiated, and if measures are not taken to preserve its freshness it can easily become contaminated with yeast and mold. Could there be anything less appetizing than radioactive, chemical-laced, moldy spirulina pills?
My Quest to Create the Perfect Spirulina Supplement
I’ve seen a lot of fads come and go, but taking spirulina supplements every day for the past 10 years has been one of the true secrets to my success. I honestly think this is a miracle nutrient that everyone will be taking in the future.
Sadly, as superfoods have become incredibly popular, I’ve seen a lot of “junk” spirulina on the market. The quality of most of the raw material available is appallingly inconsistent, and some of the really good stuff is absurdly expensive. That’s why, working with the Scientific Advisory Board at the nutritional supplement company I run, Stop Aging Now, I decided to formulate a top-notch spirulina supplement that offers maximum benefits and purity. It was also important to me that this supplement be affordable — and free of any off-putting algae smell or taste.
I spent several years researching ingredient producers until I finally found a truly superior source of spirulina. The spirulina I chose to go with is organic and guaranteed to not be genetically modified, and is free of contaminants like pesticides, heavy metals, yeast and mold. It’s produced by a leading algae harvester with over 30 years of experience.
Spirulina + Astaxanthin = Nutritional Perfection
Finding the perfect source of organic spirulina took years of hard work, and if I stopped there, I would have had a world-class spirulina supplement. But I realized I could create the absolute best spirulina supplement ever by combining it with a powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin. I decided to call this unique combination Superfood SPX™.
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Astaxanthin was shown to be up to 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 500 times more powerful than vitamin E, 10 times more potent than beta-carotene (vitamin A), and 5 times more potent than lutein. It has gained popularity for its clinically researched ability to improve skin tone and elasticity and to reduce the visible signs of aging, such as dryness, wrinkles and age spots, while also provide protection for the skin and eyes from UV-induced sun damage. Astaxanthin is also a powerful brain protector, immune supporter and helps to lower inflammatory markers.[17,18,19]
As with spirulina, there is a lot of junk astaxanthin out there — much of it synthetic and of very low potency. To make Superfood SPX, I use a premium-grade, all-natural astaxanthin complex that provides more than 3 times the antioxidant power of the synthetic astaxanthin.
As you can see in the table below, my premium-grade astaxanthin complex far surpasses other antioxidants, including synthetic astaxanthin, in ORAC capacity (a measure of free radical scavenging activity):
How I Solved the Algae Problem
So we had found the best spirulina and the best astaxanthin, but I knew that for Superfood SPX to be the perfect supplement I wanted it to be, we had to find a way to make it pleasant smelling and tasting.
Incredibly, I found a way to do just this, while at the same time boosting Superfood SPX’s levels of phycocyanin, the amazingly beneficial nutrient that is unique to spirulina. Each tablet is coated with a clear all-natural coating, and inside you’ll find pure, organic spirulina and astaxanthin, without any fillers!
Take Your Health to the Next Level with Superfood SPX
I may be biased, but I am pretty confident that Superfood SPX is a supplement you want to be taking. I’ve been taking it for almost a year now and have noticed remarkable benefits in my energy levels, immunity, exercise recovery time and overall wellbeing. I also personally inspect the manufacturing facility where Superfood SPX is made on a monthly basis to ensure that my rigorous quality standards are being met, so I feel comfortable saying that I stand by this product 100%! Also, keep in mind that Stop Aging Now offers an “any reason” 365-day return policy, so you have nothing to lose, and if I made my case successfully, a lot to gain!
For a limited time Live in the Now readers can get Superfood SPX for as low as $16.50 per bottle, plus free shipping. I encourage you to take advantage of this great deal.
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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.