Spirulina

January 28, 2019

 

Spirulina is in the class of nature’s foods commonly referred to as “superfoods” and indeed it is loaded with health benefits. It is a blue-green algae which is harvested around the world’s oceans.

 

Spirulina’s health benefits include:

  • Supports gut health but aiding in the healing of leaky gut

  • Boosts immune health

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • May protect against cancer

  • May reduce cholesterol

  • Has been shown effective in treating allergies and allergic rhinitis

  • Has been shown to boost energy

  • It may help with weight loss

  • It is a good source of protein at about 4 grams per tablespoon

  • Good source of iron, calcium, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, and manganese

  • Contains antioxidants and beta-carotene

 

Spirulina can be incorporated into the diet in so many ways:

  • Add to water or juice

  • Add to a smoothie

  • Add to recipes for energy balls, brownies, muffins and other baked goods

  • Add to oatmeal

  • Add to yogurt

 

Be aware that even a small amount of Spirulina imparts a dark blue-green color to foods. I frequently add it to my Versatile Breakfast Smoothie recipe.

 

Due to the contamination in so many ocean areas, use caution when choosing a Spirulina supplement. Look for Certified Organic and non-irradiated. It should be a bright blue-green color with no fishy odor. Brands I recommend are Triquetra, Sari Foods, and Microingredients.

 

Enjoy!

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