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
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.