If you are already familiar with turmeric, eggs, green tea, coconut oil, garlic, ginger, kale, quinoa, and avocados. Then, chances are you’re always on the lookout for better ways to support your health.
However, there’s one superfood that you may have never tried or even heard of, it’s spirulina. There are people that refer to it as the green miracle, and others believe it was the secret that the Aztecs held on for themselves.
Here are the health benefits of Spirulina:
Spirulina offers tons of protein, which makes it perfect for vegetarians and vegans. It’s also packed with important enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Additionally, it contains twice as many nutrients as 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Spirulina is extremely abundant in protein. As a matter of fact, it has up to 60-70 percent protein, being a great substitute for meat. Also, nutritionists say that it’s one of the very few plant sources of vitamin B-12.
In addition, spirulina contains ALA, (omega-3), LA (omega-6), GLA (reduces inflammation), and DHA (the main component of the brain). These healthy lipids carry many important roles.
Gram per gram, spirulina offers the following nutrients:
- 5,500% more iron than spinach
- 3,100% more vitamin A than carrots
- 600% more protein than tofu
- 280% more antioxidants than blueberries
Additional health benefits:
- Strengthens the immunity
- Regulates the blood pressure
- Treats symptoms of allergy
- Regulates cholesterol levels
- Prevents the development of cancer
- Acts as antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent
- Stimulates the growth of healthy bacteria
- Protects the liver from the damage that chemotherapy can cause
- Promotes insulin resistance
- Prevents macular degeneration that is related to age
The best way to use spirulina powder:
You can just swallow the pill or add ¼-1 teaspoon of the powder to your smoothie or juice. Nutritionists suggest that you do small amounts at first, because its taste is a bit strong, and some can’t really stand its taste. Spirulina is also available as a pre-flavored, packaged protein powder.
On the other hand, you can add a tablespoon of spirulina powder to a bag of popcorn, and toss. For optimal flavor, add garlic powder to taste, and toss again. Enjoy!