Spirulina is a type of algae that is made into powder and used frequently in the health and wellness world due to its superfood properties. Although it is really gaining momentum in the West nowadays, it has been used for centuries by ancient African and Aztec tribes to give them stamina and strength.
One of the reasons that Spirulina is viewed as a superfood is that it provides protein in the form off all the essential amino acids in the right balance for human health. This means it is a complete protein that is useful for building muscle, boosting metabolism, making us feel satiated and building all the cells in our body, including immune cells.
Spirulina is also a wonderful source of iron for vegans and vegetarians, and it also provides good amounts of calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, potassium and vitamins A, C and E and vitamin B1 and B2.
Spirulina is easily identifiable by its deep green colour and this is due to it containing high levels of the pigment chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is admired by those in the health and nutrition field for its ability to cleanse and detoxify the body, reduce inflammation, boost oxygen levels in the body and alkalise the blood. Chlorophyll is also excellent for reducing body odour!
Since Spirulina is an alga, it can easily pick up toxins, bacteria and heavy metals in its environment and hold onto them. This is no reason to miss out on Spirulina’s wonderful health benefits though, simply make sure the product you buy has been tested for contaminates and toxins and meets high purity standards. Soaring Free Superfoods provides pure, ethically sourced Spirulina.
Spirulina can be consumed in a powder or tablet form and you can take it at any time during the day. If you have never taken Spirulina before then it is advised that you start taking it in small doses and build up slowly. Eventually you should be taking 3g or 1-2 teaspoons per day for maintenance and optimal health. The powder has a strong taste and can be taken in juice or added to smoothies.