Why should you use spirulina?
The blue-green superfood has so many benefits for your skin and health.
In 1974, the World Health Organization declared a type of algae as the “best food for the future” to combat malnutrition.
Can you guess what it is? Spirulina.
Spirulina is a powerhouse that has a wealth of health benefits - it supports your body’s natural detoxification pathways, aids in red blood cell production, is packed with antioxidants with anti-inflammatory benefits, and is an excellent source of iron and protein.
Why I use spirulina
Personally, I’m a big fan. You’ll find spirulina in my list of go-to smoothie ingredients along with nutrient-packed foods.
Packed with iron and protein
Spirulina is highly concentrated in bioavailable iron and is one of the densest plant-based proteins in the world that contain all nine essential amino acids. One tablespoon (2g) of spirulina contains 4g of protein and 2mg of iron. Per gram, that is quite packed.
This is a personal priority, since my monthly menstrual cycle, vigorous exercise and plant-centric diet put me at a higher risk for iron and protein deficiency. Spirulina is a convenient and tasty way to aid in red blood cell production and support muscle repair post-exercise.
And when I recommend spirulina on top of a balanced diet to my clients, I can rest assured they’re receiving excellent nutritional benefits with just one small tweak. So much nutritional value for such a small yet mighty addition.
Spirulina packs in antioxidants with anti-inflammatory benefits
Phycocyanin is the main active compound in spirulina. Fun fact - it gives spirulina its blue green colour. Beyond that, it’s an incredibly potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Phycocyanin reduces oxidative stress in your cells, by blocking out molecules that promote inflammation.
Spirulina also has high amounts of naturally occurring chlorophyll
Chlorophyll can help support the body’s natural detoxification pathways, namely through the liver. In fact, studies have linked chlorophyll to reduced incidence of liver cancer, and spirulina to improvements in fatty liver disease.
Spirulina helps build a strong immunity
Think of our immune system as an orchestra - it’s a complex network of systems, with each organ playing a specific role. They come together to produce a beautiful, strong symphony - the result is a strong body resistant to viruses and bacteria.
Protein, iron, and antioxidants - these three nutrients in spirulina are powerhouses that work together to maintain a strong immunity.
Furthermore, studies have found that the phycocyanins in spirulina help boost production of white blood cells and antibodies that help to fight viruses in your body.
Spirulina helps reduce risk for chronic disease
For those suffering from environmental allergies - good news: spirulina is shown in clinical studies to reduce symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
For heart health, clinical studies have shown that 1-8g of spirulina daily can help reduce blood pressure.
Another review found spirulina supplementation may help reduce fasting blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes.
How to use spirulina
You can take spirulina in tablet or powder form - whichever you prefer.
If you like powder, Organika has a new super tasty option for you - they have taken the #1 Spirulina brand and fortified it with the power of B12, an essential vitamin needed for healthy blood cells and metabolism.
Here’s some ways you can enjoy it:
- Add it to smoothies, mix into oatmeal, congee or porridge
- Prefer a hot beverage? Add it to your lattes or mix into teas.
- Salad dressings and green pasta sauces
- Mix it into homemade energy balls
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