Did you know you can make the most out of the benefits of spirulina with spirulina tablets?
If you are reading this article, you have probably heard the buzz about spirulina – a superfood packed with nutrients and antioxidants beneficial to the whole body.
It may even help reduce bad cholesterol levels, and has shown signs that it may help fight certain types of cancer.
Here we will give you the lowdown on spirulina tables – what they are, why they have advantages over other forms of spirulina, and, most importantly, how you can choose the right one.
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First, What Is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a type of filamentous blue-green algae.
In fact, spirulina has the properties of both algae and bacteria but is officially classified as a cyanobacterium, which is a type of bacteria that obtains its energy from the sun through photosynthesis, like plants do.
Spirulina is naturally found in aquatic environments in parts of Latin America and Africa, but it can be produced in controlled environments and removed and dried for our consumption as a dietary supplement.
Why Are Spirulina Tablets Better than Powder?
The answer to this question is simple – spirulina tablets are made of compressed spirulina powder.
This means all of the upsides of the powder in the convenience of a tablet! In other words, an easy-to-swallow pill without the discomfort of trying to ingest the powder by itself or in water, or integrate it into what you eat.
Additionally, spirulina tablets often preserve their properties over time because less of the powder is exposed to UV light.
As a plus, tablets are easy to carry along with you so you can take them at your convenience.
Now, How Should I Choose a Spirulina Tablet?
Let us help!
Here are 10 tips for choosing the best spirulina tablets for you.
1. Go Organic
When you buy certified organic spirulina tablets, you are making sure that:
- It is produced by farmers who use renewable resources and promote soil and water conservation
- It is produced without the use of pesticides or fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients
- The area of production has been inspected by a government-approved certifier
- Producers and handlers are certified to ensure proper practices and hygiene.
2. Make Sure It’s Clean
Of course, spirulina tablets will not list whether it contains heavy metals or may have been exposed to radiation. However, by checking where the spirulina was produced and/or packaged, you can avoid products that may be contaminated.
The places you should avoid buying spirulina tablets from include Japan, due to the high radiation levels after the Fukushima incident, and China, because some supplements have been contaminated with lead, mercury, and arsenic.
Finally, while it may seem like a benefit for your spirulina to come from “natural lakes”, the wild growing conditions could result in contamination of your spirulina tablets with heavy metals.
3. Avoid Fillers
You want to get the most out of each spirulina tablet. To do this, you want to avoid any fillers companies may use to lower costs and boost nutritional analyses (including adding animal waste to boost protein, yuck!).
Read the label and ensure you are consuming 100% pure spirulina.
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4. Make Sure It Has All the Most Important Components
The benefits that spirulina tablets provide are all due to its nutritional content, and the interaction between these different nutrients in your body. If some of these trace minerals nutrients are missing from the supplement, then you might be missing out:
- Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA)
- Vitamin B12
- Minerals like iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc
5. Ensure It’s Been Third-party Lab Tested
They will make sure that the spirulina tablets are free of toxins, radiation, and harmful components like bromine. Read the fine print and check out the product’s website; if it has been verified by a third-party lab, it should be listed.
6. Make Sure It Is Easy to Digest
This is a tricky one, as there is no surefire way of making sure you are digesting – and thus absorbing – the spirulina tablets.
However, there are a few things that can guide you.
Spirulina tablets, as opposed to spirulina capsules, do not have a coating. For some people, the coating may be hard to break down. If you do choose capsules, however, make sure they are made of gelatin, which is easily broken down in the stomach.
7. Know Your Allergies and Sensitivities
The last thing you want is to have an adverse effect to taking a new supplement. Know what you are allergic to, and check the ingredient list to make sure it is not in the tablet.
If it is your first time taking a spirulina tablet, take it slow. First consult with your health care provider. They may suggest you take one and wait to see if you have any adverse reactions.
Note any unusual scratching, swelling, drowsiness, and others before permanently integrating spirulina tablets into your daily routine.
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8. Research the Brand Before Buying
The truth is, there are a lot of sketchy brands out there. Make sure you take the time to go through a brand’s website, and read any news articles written about the brand and the particular product.
Cheaper brands are often lower in quality and don’t have the same set of safety measures and testing as reputable companies.
9. Read Reviews
This isn’t the most scientific method, but if you want to hear real opinions about a certain brand of spirulina tablets, check out the online comment sections of different brands you are considering and see what people have to say about it.
While not everything will be relevant to you, it could help answer any questions you might have.
10. Ask Your Health Care Provider
If you are lost beyond reason, talk to a health care professional. Registered Dieticians and Holistic Health Specialists are often very informed about supplements like spirulina, and may be able to recommend a type of tablet and indicate whether or not it could be beneficial to you.
A Final Word From Energetic Lifestyle
Don’t be daunted by the wild world of spirulina tablets.
While it may require some added time and research at the beginning, it will all pay off when your body has begun to reap the benefits of spirulina.
What is your favorite way to take spirulina? Let us know in the comments below.