Updated: Jan 9, 2022
Spirulina has been on planet earth for thousands of years and was used by the ancient Aztecs. It is an organism that grows in both fresh and salt water. and is often referred to as blue-green algae.
It became popular after it was discovered that NASA gave it to astronauts on space missions as a food supplement.
It contains 25 times more beta carotene than Carrots, 58 times more iron than Spinach and contains 60-70% protein (compared to chicken which has 25-30%) and is therefore suitable for vegetarians and vegans.(Source - USDA Food Composition Databases).
This tiny algae is packed with nutrients. A single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina
Protein: 4 grams
Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 11% of the RDA
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 15% of the RDA
Vitamin B3 (niacin): 4% of the RDA
Copper: 21% of the RDA
Iron: 11% of the RDA
It also contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that you need..
What are it's Benefits?
Spirulina is a nutrient-dense cyanobacteria blue-green algae used as a nutritional supplement. It is purported to help reduce fatigue and boost energy, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, stimulate the immune system, fight viral infections, and aid in weight loss due to its high protein contents which aids in burning fat and curbing your appetite.
It may improve your levels of blood lipids, suppress oxidation, reduce blood pressure and lower blood sugar. which suggests that Spirulina will help lower the risk of diseases like cancer and heart disease.
While more research is needed before any strong claims can be made, Spirulina may be one of the few Superfoods worthy of the title.
Please watch this short video below which gives you the real facts about this amazing algae.
10 Health Benefits of Spirulina
Written by Joe Leech, MS on October 5, 2018
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