Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows in fresh-water and is packed full of protein, vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
It is available in health food stores in powder and tablet form. I’m not going to lie, I personally cannot stomach the smell of it. Spirulina smells a bit like pond water and I can’t get use to it so I take a few tablets a day.
If using tablets, check the label to ensure no binders are used to hold the tablets together. Spirulina naturally clings to itself so these binders are not necessary.
- The numbers can vary slightly but spirulina is said to be roughly 60% protein. It also contains all 8 essential amino acids making it a great source of complete protein for vegans.
- The green colour of spirulina comes from chlorophyll. The molecular structure of chlorophyll closely resembles that of hemoglobin found in humans and it acts as an excellent blood builder and purifier.
- Spirulina is a superfood for the immune system. It increases the production of antibodies and cytokines to help protect the body against foreign invaders.
- A fantastic source of Beta-Carotene (the inactive-form of Vitamin A) which are anti-oxidants that stabilize free radicals in the body.
*Please consult a Registered Holistic Nutritionist or Naturopath before using spirulina. It may be contraindicated for those with auto-immune disorders and taking certain medications.
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- Wolfe, David. Superfoods: the food and medicine of the future. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 2009.