Spirulina…what’s it all about?
Imagine a superior plant that contains about 60% protein and the entire essential amino acids the body needs to flourish… A plant that can give you immune support, fight cancer and relief from allergies… well holy kale – it’s Spirulina!
So, what are the benefits?
In tablet or powder form Spirulina is actually an algae! Crazy huh? But listen to this. Formed in warm water from cyanobacteria, this super food occurs naturally in tropical lakes. It’s been used for centuries by the Aztecs in its dried form as a source of protein. And not only that, spirulina consists of a myriad of essential vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, folate, phosphorus, iodine, calcium, iron, zinc, vitamins A, C, E, K, and vitamins B1, B2, B3 & B6 – now that’s nutrient rich.
Did we also mention it is a super anti-ageing food? Rich in powerful antioxidants and beta carotene (what gives carrots and sweet potato that beautiful bright orange colour), it’s packed ten times more concentrated than these veggies! Pass me a spoonful!
Spirulina also promotes healthy digestion by supporting the growth of the good guys in your gut – the foundation for good health to fight off bad gut bacteria like Candida and e-coli. It’s also a natural detoxifier, assisting the liver to cleanse toxins ingested daily by the foods we eat and from the environment.
What is so fantastic about spirulina though, is the blue pigment called Phycocyanin. Not only does it act as the free radical scavenger but it also has a wide range of anti inflammatory properties that aid in accelerating wound healing; great for your skin and general wellness.
To get these benefits, all you need is a tablespoon or one tablet per day. The best part about the powder form (our favourite) is that you can add it to your green smoothie, your green super juice or your protein bliss balls (Try our tahini balls here, so good!). It is an acquired taste; much like mild seaweed but adding it to your foods will encourage you to reap the rewards!
Always buy from a reputed brand, as it is important to buy a good quality source of spirulina free of contaminants if you are using as a protein substitute.
Want to try the superfood spirulina, but don’t know where to start? Well, here are two recipes that work wonders with the green goodness!