SPIRULINA EXPLAINED…

By ANNA B.

So, we’ve all heard of Spirulina, we’ve heard it’s a superfood, we’ve heard it’s a plant based protein, but what exactly is Spirulina and why should we be supplementing our diets with this rich green powder?

Simply put, Spirulina is an alga which grows naturally in both fresh and salt water. Its deep blue-green color is what gives the water its greenish hue. Around since the beginning of time, it is the world’s first superfood, and one of the most nutrient-rich foods on earth today.

Spirulina has jumped into the mainstream over the last number of years since NASA suggested it could be grown in space and used by Astronauts as a supplement. It is a complete protein which means it contains all essential amino acids that cannot be made up by the body. This also makes spirulina very popular for those following vegetarian or vegan diets as a way of supplementing their protein levels.

The low down on Spirulina:

Spirulina has between 55% and 70% protein, would you believe that that’s more than beef, chicken, and soybeans!
It provides a boost to your energy, while helping to improve endurance and reduce fatigue.
It helps improve the immune system, and provides exceptional support for a healthy heart, liver, and kidneys.
Spirulina is a detoxifier, helping cleanse the body of toxins and other impurities.
Spirulina is also an appetite suppressant, and it helps to improve the body’s digestive system and keep you fuller for longer.
It also has very powerful antioxidant properties and it reduces inflammation throughout the body.
Spirulina contains high levels of both iron and magnesium, as well as levels of B vitamins, lower levels of vitamin C, vitamin A, and calcium.
Spirulina also contains small amounts of healthy fats including omega 3 and omega 6.
Although it is often reported that spirulina contains levels of Vitamin B12, this is false. It contains psudovitamin B12 which is unfortunately inactive in humans.
Standard recommended supplementation of Spirulina is between 1-3 grams per day. However, doses up to 10 grams per day have been recommended. It generally comes in either tablet or powder form.

My recipe below can be made so quickly in the morning, and it is so delicious. The top layer is packed with all the goodness of spirulina and the bottom layer is full of the yumminess of strawberries.

For more on spirulina check out Urban Health’s youtube video:

I hope you enjoy.

Love,

Anna B x

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Here’s my simple spirulina smoothie recipe:

PREP TIME – 5 mins

COOK TIME – 5 mins

Bottom layer:

1/3 cup of strawberries (frozen or fresh)

1/2 frozen ripe banana

1/2 cup of nut milk

Mix all the ingredients in a blender and add to your jar.

Top Layer:

1/3 cup of chopped mango (frozen or fresh)

1/2 frozen ripe banana

1/2 cup of nut milk

1 tsp of spirulina

Mix all the ingredients in a blender and add it on top of your strawberry layer.

Top it off with some delicious fruit or enjoy as is!