Have you ever tried spirulina? Spirulina was a food source for the Aztecs and other Mesoamericans until the 16th century. Spirulina is a natural “algae” (cyanbacteria) powder that is incredible high in protein and nutrients. When harvested correctly from non-contaminated ponds and bodies of water, it is one of the most potent nutrient sources available.
Though not technically an herb (cyanobacteria), it boasts its fair share of health promoting properties. Dried spirulina contains about 60% (51–71%) protein. It is a complete protein containing all essential amino acids, though with reduced amounts of methionine, cysteine and lysine when compared to the proteins of meat, eggs and milk.
When choosing spirulina, make sure to choose one that is organic, as others can have nitrate compounds as additives. It does taste like pond water though, so many people prefer it in supplement form! It is best to get in about 2 teaspoons per day, and 2 or more tablespoons during illness, after radiation exposure or during pregnancy.
So, in short, if you aren’t consuming spirulina, maybe you should be! Here are six great reasons to start adding it to your diet today.
6 benefits of the superfood spirulina
1) Spirulina contains 65% protein, meaning it offers 3 times as much protein as beef by weight
2) Spirulina is high in chlorophyll and is a powerful detoxifier
3) Spirulina is a concentrated source of easily assimilated iron
4) Spirulina is high in omega-3 fatty acids, like GLA, which has shown powerful anti-inflammatory properties
5) Spirulina is a “superfood” because it is incredibly nutrient-dense, containing B vitamins and vitamins A, D, C and E
6) Spirulina contains 4 times the antioxidant capacity of blueberries