Spirulina became popular just a few years ago. There are people that refer to it as the green miracle, and there are others that believe it was the secret that the Aztecs held on for themselves.
It is packed with protein, which makes it perfect for vegetarians and vegans. It also contains enzymes, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
The scientists deciphered a large amounts of the spirulina’s components, in order to understand what exactly algae can offer. They found out that spirulina is not really a plant, but it is classified as a bacterium instead, and a good kind of bacterium. There are also, several pigments in spirulina, and they give it the recognizable blue-green color. These pigments are very powerful antioxidants.
Spirulina also contains high amounts of protein (60-70%). Because it is so beneficial, some people formed an organization, that promotes spirulina as a primary survival food. That happened in the 70s. This organization aimed to combat and reduce starvation around the world. Even ESA and NASA include spirulina in the food that the astronauts eat in space!
The benefits of spirulina
It is a vegan source of B12 vitamin. This type of vitamin contributes to the synthesis of DNA and proteins and can be found in fish and meat, and this is very important because there are very few non-animal sources that contain this nutrient.
It also has some very powerful anti-inflammatory properties. The antioxidants reduce internal inflammation and oxidative stress. These are the primary causes of illness in the human body. They also work very hard to shut down the free radicals, and they are very effective in their work.
Gram per gram, spirulina offers the following nutrients:
- 3,100% more vitamin A than carrots
- 5,500% more iron than spinach
- 600% more protein than tofu
- 280% more antioxidants than blueberries
- Strengthens the immunity
- Treats symptoms of allergy
- Normalizes the blood pressure
- Prevents the development of cancer
- Regulates cholesterol levels
- It can stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria
- Acts as antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent
- Regulates insulin resistance
- It can protect the liver from the damage that chemotherapy can cause
- Prevents macular degeneration that is related to age
How to use spirulina?
Most of the spirulina that is currently being sold in North America, is being cultured in laboratories. It can come in pill and powder form. One of the advantages of the spirulina is that it is very easy to grow, because it does not need synthetic chemicals in order to do so.
Please make sure that the spirulina that you use comes from a reputable source, so you can avoid contaminants.
If you are not sure where to start, you can incorporate your spirulina in your diets, by using it as a snack topping.