This powder has more Antioxidants than Blueberries, Iron than Spinach and vitamin A than Carrots
It is already a well-known fact that spirulina is a real powerhouse, containing high levels of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Spirulina is a natural alga, often referred to as blue-green algae due to its color.
Most of these pigments, including chlorophyll-a and beta-carotene are highly beneficial and bioavailable.
Spirulina can be found in literally all aquatic and terrestrial habitats, such as bare rock and soil, fresh water, damp soil, Antarctic rocks, and oceans. Most spirulina products like pills, powder, and flakes offered on the American market are obtained from shores of South America and Hawaii.
Benefits of Spirulina
Spirulina is abundant in protein, containing up to 60 percent protein which makes it a good alternative to meat. It also contains vitamin B12, a vitamin that many vegetarians are deficient in. Spirulina is also an excellent source of healthy lipids like omega 3, omega 6, and DHA.
Spurulina also contains B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamide), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E.
As for minerals, it is a solid source of chromium, copper, phosphorus, manganese, calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, and sodium.
Gram-per-gram Spirulina contains:
280% more antioxidant potency than blueberries
600% more protein than tofu
3,100% more beta-carotene (Vit. A) than carrots
5,500% more iron than spinach
Lowers the risk of cataracts and age- related macular degeneration/ keeps eyes healthy
Possesses anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties
Possesses antiviral activity against HIV, herpes, and hepatitis
Improves insulin resistance
Eases PMS symptoms
Controls high blood pressure
Protects against cancer
Protects against chemotherapy-induced liver damage
Alleviates allergy symptoms
Boosts the immune system
Helps the body detox naturally
How to Use Spirulina
The simplest way to use spirulina is to take it in the pill form or add ¼ to a teaspoon of powder isolate into a smoothie/ juice. Given that it has strong flavor which most people find not-so-delicious, it is recommended to start with small amounts and give yourself time to adjust to its flavor.