Spirulina is considered by many medical doctors, scientists, and nutrition experts to be one of the world’s most powerful superfoods. What is it?
It’s an algae. Yes, you heard right- algae. Is it pond scum? Well, that’s how it’s often joked about, but in fact, it is an algae that grows in pristine, highly concentrated salt lakes, at a high pH.
What can spirulina do for you? One of it’s most impressive attributes is that it is amazingly high in protein – 60%-65% protein, in fact. In comparison, meat and fish products are between 15% and 35% protein, and beans are about 6-11% protein. So, not only is spirulina high in protein, but spirulina’s protein is highly absorbable, far more so than animal protein. Spirulina contains all 8 essential amino acids. For these reasons, spirulina is a favorite plant protein among athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
Many people report that eating spirulina regularly helps them feel more balanced and grounded, and feel that their mental focus and clarity is better. Many also share that spirulina consumption reduces their sugar and junk food cravings. Also, spirulina’s densely packed protein and nutrition makes it a food that will satisfy your hunger for longer periods of time- and that’s great for weight loss and maintenance.
Spirulina is high in chlorophyll, which is what allows all plants, spirulina included, to convert energy from the sun. Chorophyll, consumed internally, builds healthy blood, resulting in better circulation and less inflammation. It also strengthens immunity and creates a youthing effect on the body.
Spirulina contains iron, vitamins A, E, and K, and some of the B- vitamins. It contains enzymes, minerals, phytonutrients, and has beneficial fatty acids such as DHA and GLA. Spirulina can have an anti-viral effect on the body.
So, this green algae stuff sounds great for your body, but what’s its history? Where does it come from? Well, it’s actually been used by indigenous cultures for centuries, including the ancient Aztec civilizations. The Aztecs prized Spirulina, which they harvested from Lake Texcoco in Mexico. It has also been a staple in the diet of the native people of Chad, Africa, where it grows profusely in pristine, salt water lakes.
Spirulina is usually dried or dehydrated and the water extracted into a powder or pressed into a shape like “tabs” or “crunchies”. Or, if you’re ready to get your green lips on, you can check out info and inspiration on the blog, you can get your own spirulina, you can try some recipes out, and more!
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