I have begun using Spirulina as part of my daily health and wellness routine.
It tastes pretty wild but you can easily disguise that with the right fruits
and hide it in a smoothie. I think the benefits will far outweigh the fact that it tastes a little strange.
Brian and I are on a detox health kick after a couple weeks away on holiday where all we did was drink too much alcohol and eat comfort food (we were in the snow).
I had heard of this superfood in the past but I never knew exactly what is in spirulina until I bought some and decided to give it a try.
What exactly is Spirulina?
Spirulina is an algae that is harvested and dried and made into a powder form to be commercially available for consumption by us.
What is in Spirulina?
Spirulina contains the following super nutrients and minerals:
- Vitamin B
- Amino Acids
What are the benefits of Spirulina?
Taking spirulina regularly claims to have the following incredible benefits to your health:
- Slows down the ageing process leaving you feeling and looking younger with anti-ageing compounds which protect the skin and body systems
- Improves brain function
- Destroys free radicals and improves the immune system
The NIH acknowledges that although there is not sufficient evidence to fully confirm these claims, early research indicates that there is proof of spirulina actually having the following actions:
- Relief of allergy symptoms
- Improving ADHD
- Lowering blood sugar levels
- Improve exercise performance
- Improvement of liver function
- Reduces cholesterol
- Reduction of symptoms of menopause especially depression and anxiety
How do you take it?
Spirulina generally comes in a powder form and you simply add a teaspoon to your favourite green smoothie recipe.
Today I had one teaspoon of spirulina with one orange, one banana, coconut water and ice and blended it all up. It was really delicious!
It is also available in tablets.
Where do I get some Spirulina?
Amazon has a wide variety of spirulina powders and tablets. Just click on the links below for a closer look.
Are there any negatives?
Spirulina is blue-green algae and must be sourced from a reputable place to ensure it is free from contaminants. This is especially important when it is given to children as children will be more susceptible to toxins.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding it is recommended not to take spirulina. Likewise if you have an autoimmune disease do not take spirulina due to its effect of stimulating immune system response. If you are under 18, have chronic disease or are on any medications, please consult your doctor or pharmacist first prior to starting on spirulina therapy.
I hope this has answered that question on everybody’s lips – what is in spirulina!
I will let you know how I feel after a month of regular spirulina use.
Do you use spirulina?