Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is used as one of the most popular food supplements. It typically grows in lakes, rivers, and ponds. It contains many nutrients and antioxidants that can be good for your brain and body alike. Spirulina has many health benefits, continue reading to find out why it’s really good for you!
One of the main benefits is its many nutrients. A single tablespoon contains proteins, vitamins, carbs, calories, and other nutrients. Due to this fact, it’s actually considered one of the most nutritious foods we have today. It also has great antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. That means spirulina combats oxidative stress, also known as oxidative damage. Oxidative damage can cause chronic inflammation which could eventually harm our cells and DNA. Since spirulina has a low calorie-high nutrient ratio, it’s also really good for weight loss. It keeps you well feed while lowering the number of calories that make us gain weight. Not only that, but it may help lowering cholesterol levels as well! Some studies have also shown that it may reduce the risk level of getting cancer. If that was not enough, spirulina can also help you with improving your muscle strength and muscle fatigue.
Spirulina has many other great properties, like reducing allergy symptoms, helping against anemia, controlling blood sugar, and many more! However, further research has to be concluded on some of these in order to learn just how much does it help. Spirulina is well tolerated by many people, but one should be cautious before taking it regardless. It does not cause significant side effects, yet it’d still be best to check with your doctor if it’s okay to start using it. For instance, people who have phenylketonuria should avoid spirulina at all times, as it contains a certain amino acid that this condition cannot metabolize. People with autoimmune diseases should also avoid it. It is vital to purchase spirulina from a certified source as well. Otherwise, it could possibly be contaminated with toxins or heavy metals from the water it lives in.
Spirulina is available as a powder, or it can be taken in tablet form. It has quite a bitter taste that might not be to everyone’s liking, that’s why it’s best to mix it with something. Powdered spirulina can be added to smoothies or juices. If you intend to include it in your smoothies or juices, it’s recommended to put 1-2 tablespoons in. You can try our Blue Lemonade, it’s fused with cucumbers, apples, lemons, and spirulina itself. It can also be used in soups or salads, enriching the whole meal. Energy balls can be created from it as well, though one tablespoon should be enough.
If that’s not your cup of tea, like we’ve mentioned, it’s also available as a dietary supplement in tablet form. Some stores even offer products infused with spirulina, such as snacks or pasta. Why not take it a step further? Why not use it in desserts perhaps? That way, you get great nutritional properties with something we all like to eat, but might not be the most healthy option, making everyone happy. It can be used in brownies, ice creams, chocolate, and more. Dosage in preparation can vary depending on what it is that you’re trying to achieve from it. It also might differ due to our gender, age, and overall medical history.
One thing is certain, it’s incredibly useful and is rightly considered a superfood so try our spirulina products for yourself!