Have you heard of spirulina? It is truly an amazing superfood with some pretty spectacular benefits. This organism grows in both fresh and salt water and is a blue-green algae that is classified as a cyanobacteria. Like other plants, it gets its energy from the sun through the process of photosynthesis.
Spirulina was originally eaten by the Aztecs, and then became more mainstream in the 20thcentury when NASA proposed growing it in space to feed the astronauts. It is currently cultivated in many parts of the world.
Well, a little goes a long way – this algae packs a strong punch and is full of nutrients.
One tablespoon (7 grams) of spirulina powder contains:
It also contains decent amounts of Vitamin B3, manganese, potassium, and magnesium.
At only 20 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 1.7 grams of digestible carbohydrates, this food really is super!
*To be considered a complete protein, the food in question must contain all 9 essential amino acids
FUN FACT: Spirulina contains 10 times the amount of beta-carotene found in carrots!
Get ready, because this is quite the list!
As with any supplement, you should always discuss the pros and cons with your health care practitioner before you start taking it.
Because it is mostly protein, spirulina may cause any of the following side effects:
What to look for when choosing a spirulina supplement:
As always, an organic source of any food or supplement is preferable. Ask your trusted health care provider or guru at the health food store for their recommendations in terms of brand and dosage.
“Kiran, it looks kind of gross, what does it taste like?”
While the very intense colour can be a bit surprising at first glance, spirulina has a milder flavour than say, wheat grass. It tastes slightly savoury, a bit like the sea, but the flavour is quite easily masked when combined with fruit like banana, pineapple, or mango. Our suggestion is to add a teaspoon of spirulina powder to your smoothie, along with plenty of fresh greens, some coconut milk, and ¼- ½ cup of cubed, frozen fruit.
Give spirulina a try – your body will thank you.
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