The benefits of superfoods with a special spotlight on Spirulina and Moringa for hair and general health
Let’s face it, most of us really struggle to get in enough of the essential vitamins and minerals we really need from our food on a daily basis. This could be for a number of reasons including
lack of time or lack of knowledge of the vitals our body needs and when. A rule of thumb is for adults to eat anywhere from 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day depending on age, gender, physical activity, and overall health. Ever heard of ‘eating the rainbow?’ But how many of us do it though?! This is why I’m such a fan of smoothies as an easy and efficient way to get many of one’s vitals in one go!
I often feature them on my Instagram page and share the ingredients but in this post I want to share more about the benefits of these fruit and veggie mix smoothies and why I highly recommend them. After being told I had a bit of a hormone imbalance by a doctor back in 2018, I decided to look more seriously into my diet and lifestyle that would help support my hormone imbalance. Hormones actually affects so many other things such as mood, weight, reproductive health, brain functioning, skin, hair, sleep, as well as general energy and vitality- this list is not exhaustive but I hope you see my point that this is kind of a big deal!
Since I’m not a fan of taking medication so it was really important to look into natural solutions. This naturally led down the path of exploring bio-hacking– which is all about making small, incremental diet or lifestyle changes to make small improvements in your health and well-being.
Superfoods are foods that have a very high nutritional density. This means that they provide a substantial amount of nutrients and very few calories. They contain a high volume of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.
The benefits of superfoods
The below infographic conveniently highlights some of the best superfoods you need to know about and their incredible benefits. Be sure to save this on your Pinterest board so you can refer back to it!
Spotlight on: Spirulina and Moringa powder
If you’re looking for a plants that can nourish your body by providing most of its protein requirements, can prevent allergies and reinforce your immune system, then Spirulina and Moringa powder are what you need!
Spirulina is a natural algae (cyanobacteria) that are incredibly high in protein and nutrients. It is obtained primarily from two species of cyanobacteria: Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima. Unlike other plants that grow in the soil, Spirulina grows in the form of blue-green algae in both fresh water and salt water in the wild. It is also commercially cultivated in Spirulina farms. The name originates from the Latin word for ‘helix’, or ‘spiral’, because of its spring like physical characteristics.
This plant is consumed as food as well as a dietary supplement. It’s available in tablet, powder and flake form. Besides being consumed by humans, it is also used as a feed supplement in aquaculture, aquarium and poultry industries. Spirulina is largely composed of proteins and amino acids and hence, is beneficial for vegetarians. The high content of protein and iron makes it beneficial during pregnancy, after surgery, and for boosting the immune system. Since it is a concentrated whole food, it is easily incorporated in various dishes, particularly for children who do not like vegetables.
Organic Moringa Powder is one of the world’s most potent superfoods. It is a natural anti-inflammatory herbal extract that helps almost every body organ system in your body. From your brain to your heart to your liver. It is very beneficial in helping prevent and heal from diabetes and pre-diabetes symptoms. It has anti-tumor, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and is a natural anti-aging supplement because of it’s powerful antioxidant, vitamin and mineral content.
Moringa Oleifera comes from the Moringa tree that is native to India, Africa and Asia. It is called the drumstick tree in India because of it’s long and slender but clubby type seed pods. It has so many life enhancing benefits that it is referred to as the “Miracle Tree” and the “Tree of Life” throughout the world. It is the Moringa Leaves (both tender and nature moringa leaf) that are finely ground into the superfood extract Organic Moringa Powder.
It grows easily in warmer climates, and pretty much on it’s own. The moringa leaves are small and hard to harvest and that’s why most people find it difficult to deal with. The benefits of using moringa leaf powder are truly life enhancing that it is one thing that you should include into your daily health routine. it gives you so much bang for your buck compare to other superfoods. It is inexpensive, even for the organically grown and harvested types. Even the best Organic Moringa Leaves Powder is inexpensive but so powerful!
The benefits of Spirulina and Moringa powder for both general and hair health
You know I am obsessed with anything hair growth so naturally I think it’s worthwhile to elaborate on some of the hair benefits…
Spirulina and Moringa powder are being widely used for promoting hair growth and to combat hair problems like thinning hair and baldness. Spirulina contains amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamin A and beta-carotene, all of which are great for hair.
It is rich in the most important vitamins and minerals including a high ratio of healthy proteins and omega 3 oils. It’s full of heart and bone healthy potassium, magnesium, and many times more potassium than even bananas! It is used for natural weight loss and to balance your body’s metabolism.
Moringa leaf powder has more protein that yogurt, more calcium than milk, more magnesium than eggs, more vitamin A than carrots, more iron than spinach, more vitamin E than almonds, more chlorophyll than even wheat grass! It is a nutritional powerhouse and it can give your health and performance levels a huge boost. It is a brain building food that can help you think, act and feel better than you have in a long time.
Some of their hair benefits are as follows:
Hair benefits of Spirulina and Moringa powder:
Promote Hair growth
External use of Spirulina can speed up hair growth. Besides consumption, this algae is used as an ingredient in shampoos and conditioning treatments. It also helps in hair re-growth.
The regular use of moringa oil for hair can actually make your hair stronger along with promoting hair growth. It delivers all the desired vitamins and minerals to the hair and the scalp which facilitates the hair growth. Along with promoting hair growth, moringa oil also enhances the quality of the hair and makes it shinier and smoother.
Treatment of hairloss and dandruff
Alopecia is an autoimmune disease characterized by hair loss at an alarming rate. It is not just confined to the scalp alone but also leads to hair loss across the body and face. This can result in bald spots, even in women, and even complete baldness. Both Spirulina and Moringa acts as an alternative medicine to deter further loss of hair and facilitate hair renewal.
Spirulina acts as an antioxidant compound and taking it for 4 weeks makes your hair completely dandruff-free, glossy and stronger.
Talking about another benefit of moringa for hair, it can fight against the problem of dandruff quite effectively. It contains all the right and desired vitamins and minerals with which it can cure the dandruff problem within no time. And be sure that it not only removes dandruff from the hair but also eradicates the problem from the roo
- Vitamins: B-vitamins refer to a group of water soluble vitamins that are required for energy production as well as formation of red blood cells. Spirulina is a good source of B-vitamins and it contains an exceptionally high amount of vitamin B-12. It also contains vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamide), B6 (pyridoxine) and B9 (folic acid). Other vitamins found in these algae include Vitamin, K, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E and Vitamin A. The level of vitamin E in Spirulina is comparable to that of wheat germ and it possesses 4 times as much vitamin B12 as raw lever.
- Protein: Spirulina comprises of at least 60% protein. A 112 gram serving provides approximately 64 grams of protein. 83% to 90% of this is digestible because, unlike yeast and chlorella, these algae do not have cellulose walls. It has a high net protein utilisation ratio (NPU) of 53% to 61%. The high protein efficiency ratio (PER) of Spirulina indicates that your body is efficiently able to use the amino acids. Protein makes up 15% of the body’s weight and is a vital nutrient for healthy growth.
- Beta-Carotene: Beta-carotene is a pigment belonging to the carotenoid family and is widely known for its antioxidant properties. It is mostly found in fruits and vegetables, imparting red, orange or yellow color to them. A half cup of dried Spirulina provides about 342 mg of beta carotene.
- Essential Fatty Acids: Essential fatty acids are also known as good fats. Since these fats are not produced within the body, they have to be provided from the food sources that contain them. Their main function is to produce prostaglandins that control the body functions like heart rate, blood pressure, fertility and immune system function. Spirulina contains 4% to 7% essential fatty acids such as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), linolenic acid (LA), stearidonic acid (SDA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (AA).
- Minerals: Spirulina is rich in minerals required for the body’s daily activities. These minerals are calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, selenium, iron and phosphorus. They aid in metabolism, maintain water balance and improve bone health. Its calcium, phosphorus and magnesium content are similar to that of milk.
- Carbohydrates: Spirulina has only 15% to 20% of carbohydrate content. It also contains 18 different amino acids.
- 7x the Vitamin C in oranges
- 4x the Beta-Carotene of Carrots
- 3x the Iron in Spinach
- 4x Calcium in Milk
- 2x Protein in Milk
- 3x the Potassium in Bananas
- & more Fibre than Oats
Are you convinced to try Spirulina and Moringa and incorporate them into your diet and hair routine??
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