Spirulina

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that grows naturally in oceans and salty lakes in subtropical climates. Already ancient Aztecs used it but it became popular again when NASA wanted to grow it on space for use by astronauts. The taste of spirulina is slightly savory, sea vegetable flavor. Due to its high nutritional value and health benefits, it can be called a powerful superfood. Spirulina algae is made into tablets or powder what for example can be used to make a drink.

Spirulina growing in the ocean.

This algae is recommended as an aid for various mental and emotional disorders, including anxiety, stress, depression. Also as a treatment for a range of metabolism and heart health issues, including weight loss, diabetes and high cholesterol. It contains many nutrients like protein, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B12, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and manganese. Its low in fat, contains essential amino acids, high-quality protein and also omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

Spirulina smoothie.

Health benefits

Spirulina can be called an excellent antioxidant that protects against oxidative damage. Antioxidants stop and regulate free radicals. Antioxidants are substances that regulate the formation of free radicals. There should be a balance between antioxidants and free radicals. If not and there are more free radicals then it can be harmful to health. Studies have shown that spirulina lowers risk of heart disease as it can lower “bad” LDL cholesterol while raising “good” HDL cholesterol. High blood pressure can cause many diseases like heart attack and strokes – using spirulina can reduce it.

Spirulina smoothie. 

Where to use

The two most common forms of spirulina are powder and tablets. It’s also an ingredient in some protein and superfood mixes – for example, Be More Detox and also pure spirulina powder is available in our webstore.

• Stir a small spoonful of spirulina powder into a glass of water/juice or add it to a smoothie.

• Add it to energy balls, desserts, puddings, raw bars.

• Make a spirulina latte with plant-based milk (like almond milk) – it gives it green cheerful colour and higher nutritive value.

Be More spirulina powder.

 

References:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-benefits-of-spirulina

https://www.livescience.com/48853-spirulina-supplement-facts.html

https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/spirulina

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