Get in the Spirit with Spirulina

Q: What is Spirulina?

A: Spirulina is known throughout the health and wellness community as a green superfood, but why is it green? Spirulina is actually free-floating natural algae (cyanobacterium) and is most often found in small tropical lakes and ponds. Although it’s not technically a plant, spirulina has very high chlorophyll content and photosynthesizes its energy from the sun. This superfood has been traced back to the Aztecs of the 16th century and is becoming more popular than ever as health enthusiasts discover its benefits.

Spirulina: Superfood for a Super DayQ: What are the benefits of taking spirulina?

A: Spirulina is one of nature’s greatest sources of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll, often referred to as “the building block of life,” is responsible for the process of photosynthesis. This green-hued nutrient has a very low pH and is commonly used to help alkalize the body. A healthy alkaline balance is vital in order to maintain optimal health. Chlorophyll also helps to promote internal cleanliness and healthy intestinal flora.*

Spirulina is comprised of over 60% protein. It’s a complete protein, containing all of the essential amino acids. Better yet, the protein from spirulina is known to be superior in amino acid content to typical plant proteins.

Not to mention, spirulina is one of the best sources of GLA (gamma linoleic acid), an omega-6 fatty acid which is known to help promote a healthy inflammatory response throughout the body.* Last but not least, spirulina is an excellent source of iron, calcium and B vitamins.

Q: How do I take spirulina?

A: Spirulina can be taken in powder or tablet form. It has a very “green” taste, which may be a bit too strong for some. If you can’t handle the powder, tablets are easy to digest and have virtually no taste or odd texture. Keep in mind, though, spirulina powder is generally more potent than its tablet counterpart. The powder is also preferred, because you can cook with it. Because of its recent stardom, there has been a surge of spirulina-inspired recipes that help tone down its earthy flavor. Try out this delicious, nutrition-packed green smoothie for a perfectly balanced start to your day:

Strawberry Green Smoothie

3 cups spinach
1 cup hemp milk or almond milk
1 cup strawberries
1 tbsp spirulina powder
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp flax oil
1 tsbp raw honey
1 cup ice (optional)

Directions: Pour all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

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One comment on “Get in the Spirit with Spirulina

  1. Bruce says:

    That should read ” spirulina has a high pH”. (not very low pH)

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