Only few years ago spirulina has become widely known, and immediately it has become the green miraculous sea powder, believed to be the secret weapon of the ancient Aztecs.
It is extremely beneficial ingredient as it offers numerous quantities of proteins, enzymes, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. This content makes it a perfect combination for the vegetarians and vegans. Above all, it provides double the amount of nutrients like five servings of fresh vegetables and fruits.
Why spirulina is so special ingredient?
According to experts spirulina is a cyanbacteria or an algae of blue green color. The name of spirulina comes from its bright color, and a large part of its pigments are bioavailable and healthy, particularly beta-carotene and chlorophyll-a.
It is very similar to the land plants as it produces oxygen through photosynthesis. Moreover, it is loaded with plenty nutrients highly beneficial for the body and the overall health.
Where we can find spirulina?
It can be found anywhere, like in the fresh water, oceans, damp soil, bare rocks and soil, in the most peculiar places such as moist rocks in deserts and rocks in Antarctica. However, high percentage of commercialized spirulina in the U.S. is picked off the shores in Hawaii and South America. Later on, it is sold in powder form, flakes and pills. It can be pure or combined with other components.
Health Benefits of Spirulina
It is a great alternative to meat proteins sources as it contains 60% protein. Spirulina is one of the few plant sources of vitamin B-12 which is highly needed for vegetarians. Furthermore, this algae has in its content ALA (omega-3), DHA (main component of the brain), GLA (lowers inflammation), and LA (omega-6). All these are healthy lipids which incorporate crucial roles in the body system.
The content of spirulina
- 280% more antioxidants than blueberries
- 600% more protein than tofu
- 3,100% more beta-carotene (vitamin A) than carrots
- 5,500% more iron than spinach
It also contains vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamine), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), C, D, and E. Furthermore, it is a great source of magnesium, calcium, potassium, chromium, copper, manganese, zinc, phosphorus, selenium and sodium.
In addition to all this, it offers the following benefits:
- Enhances immunity
- Regulates blood pressure
- Manages cholesterol
- Prevents cancer
- Prevents liver damage triggered by chemo drugs
- Alleviates allergies
- Stimulates good bacteria in the intestines
- Lowers the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration
- Offers powerful anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties
- Provides excellent antiviral activity against HIV, hepatitis, and herpes
- Boosts insulin resistance
Best Way of Using Spirulina
You can either swallow a tablet or include a quarter to 1teaspoon of the powder isolate to your smoothie. According to nutritionists, the best way to start the consumption of spirulina is in small amounts because its taste is slightly sweet, and some people cannot stand the flavor. You can find spirulina in pre-flavored, packaged protein powder.
You can add a tablespoon of spirulina powder to a bag of popcorn, and then start to toss it. For optimal flavor, include garlic powder to taste, and toss again.
NOTE: Do not pick random algae from your local pond as you can by chance ingest non-edible species which can threaten your health.
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