The world first heard about spirulina few years ago. It was first thought to be the green miracle powder of the sea, and the secret weapon of Aztecs.
Today we know that spirulina offers tons of protein for vegans and vegetarians. It’s also packed with important antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.
What is so special about the spirulina?
Today, we can find it in everywhere, including oceans, fresh water, damp soil, moist rocks in deserts, bare rocks and soil, and even the rocks in Antarctica. Large percent of commercialized spirulina in our country is picked off the shores in Hawaii and South America.
It’s later sold in powder form, pills, and flakes. It comes pure or combined with other ingredients.
Spirulina is almost 60% protein, and it’s an excellent alternative to meat proteins sources. Nutritionists say that it’s one of the very few plant sources of vitamin B-12.
As you may now, vegetarians lack this vitamin in their diet. Spirulina contains ALA, (omega-3), LA (omega-6), GLA (reduces inflammation), and DHA (main component of brain). These healthy lipids carry many important roles.
The spirulina contains:
- 3,100% more beta-carotene (vitamin A) than carrots
- 5,500% more iron than spinach
- 600% more protein than tofu
- 280% more antioxidants than blueberries
The blue-green algae contains vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamine), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), C, D, and E.
It’s an excellent source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, and zinc.
- Relieves allergies
- Boosts immunity
- Regulates blood pressure
- Normalizes cholesterol
- Prevents cancer
- Stimulates friendly bacteria in the intestines
- Reduces the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration
- Provides strong anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial potential
- Offers great antiviral activity against HIV, herpes, and hepatitis
- Strengthens insulin resistance
- Prevents liver damage caused by chemo drugs
How to use spirulina:
You can just swallow the pill or add ¼-1 teaspoon of the powder isolate to your smoothie. Nutritionists suggest that you do small amounts at first, because its taste is a bit sweet, and some can’t really stand its taste. spirulina is also available as pre-flavored, packaged protein powder.