When it comes to the term superfood, this characteristic will be definitely applied to Spirulina. But, do you know the nutritional value of spirulina powder? It abounds with potent nutrients that have a powerful effect on both the body and the brain.
Spirulina powder abounds with potent enzymes, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. It contains, even more, nutrients than 5 servings of fresh vegetables and fruits.
Because of the abundance of proteins and important nutrients, spirulina is the most suitable food for vegans.
Spirulina is a natural alga, often referred to as blue-green algae due to its color. It is a cyanobacterium that is rich in high amounts of chlorophyll-a and carotene.
In the process of photosynthesis, this alga produces oxygen which makes it similar to the land-dwelling plants.
Where Was the Cyanobacteria First Found?
Nowadays, this cyanobacterium resides everywhere including fresh water, oceans, moist rocks in deserts, damp soil, bare rocks even the rocks in Antarctica.
However, most of the commercialized spirulina sold in our country comes from shores in South America and Hawaii.
It is found in the form of pills, powder, and flakes in a pure form or in combination with other ingredients.
Benefits of Spirulina
Since it is 60% protein, spirulina is the perfect alternative to meat proteins. According to the nutritionists, spirulina is one of the few plants that contains vitamin B12.
As we have mentioned before, Spirulina is highly preferred by vegetarians and vegans. This is because of its high amount of ALA (omega-3), GLA (reduces inflammation), LA (omega-6) and DHA ( the main component of the brain).
These lipids play a crucial role in your overall health.
Gram-per-gram spirulina is rich in:
- 3,100 percent more vitamin A (beta-carotene) than carrots
- 5,500 percent more iron than spinach
- 600 percent more protein than tofu
- 280 percent more antioxidants than blueberries
Spirulina is high in vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, C, D, and E. Also, it is rich in high amounts of calcium, potassium, copper, chromium, manganese, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, sodium, selenium and zinc.
- Boosts immunity
- Relieves allergies
- Normalizes cholesterol
- Regulates blood pressure
- Promotes good bacteria in the intestines
- Prevents cancer
- Reduces the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts
- Potent antiviral agent against herpes, HIV, and hepatitis
- Powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory potential
- Prevents liver damage caused by chemo drugs
- Improves insulin resistance
Proper Use of Spirulina
If you use spirulina powder add ¼-1 teaspoon of it to your smoothie. Make sure you start with some small amounts at first because you may find the taste a bit sweet. You can also find spirulina in pre-flavored, packaged protein powder.
One More Trick to Try
In a bag of popcorn, add one tablespoon of spirulina powder and toss the bag. You can also add garlic powder for maximum flavor.
Caution: Make sure you do not buy random algae because some non-edible species can endanger your health.