Have you ever heard of Spirulina? Well if you haven’t then you need to learn what this superfood is and the many health benefits. Spirulina is a blue-green micro algae that grows in fresh water. Amazing it is one of the oldest life forms on earth and the Aztecs including it in their diet for protein packed nutrition that it added to their diet.
Spirulina can be added to your diet in so many ways such as added it to smoothies, dressings, salads, soups, blends right into smoothies, dressings, soups and any other way you choose if you want to add super powers to your foods. You can even take spiriulina as a supplement in capsule form. However you add spirulina to your diet I would recommend you choose organic spirulina.
Health Benefits of Spirulina
- Spirulina is packed full of protein. Two tablespoons of spirulina powder contains 16 grams of high-quality protein. This complete protein provides all 9 essential amino acids, aka the building blocks of protein, your body needs on a daily basis.
- Spirulina has 9 essential amino acids including the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which is known for it anti-inflammatory properties. Those with joint pain, arthritis and other inflammatory disorders have gained mobility and relief from pain by adding spirulina to their daily diet.
- Spirulina helps you detoxify from the many environmental pollutants including heavy metals that we accumulate daily and removes toxins from the blood from its high content of chlorophyll.
- Supports and boost the immune system. There is evidence to suggest that Spirulina may be helpful for those with allergies, allergic reactions and to those that immune system might be compromised.
- Spirulina has a very high concentration of bio-available iron and is very easy for the body to absorb. It is highly recommended for anyone with anemia and is an excellent food to keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy. The high iron content helps fight fatigue.
- A powerhouse of antioxidants that can help fight spirulina has a surefire plan of attack against tissue-damaging free radicals associated with many health problems.
- It’s a natural food source of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body, and can promote healthy skin and eyes.
- More Vitamins and Minerals – Spirulina also contains vitamins such as — B-complex, folic acid, vitamins A, C, D, and E. Minerals such as potassium, calcium, zinc, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and more.
Creamy Spirulina Smoothie Recipe
- 1/2 cup of fruit (blueberries, strawberries, bananas etc)
- 1/2 cup of veggies (kale, spinach, etc.)
- 1/2 cup of raw milk or raw yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of spirulina
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy the wonderful health benefits of spirulina and delicious taste.