Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Super Spirulina!

So have ya ever heard about Spirulina? I know what you are thinking...Spir-u-whata?! So I'm saying it again...Spirulina!


Spirulina is not technically an herb (it's actually a cyanobacteria) that gets its energy from the sun and is rich in chlorophyll. Spirulina is a naturally occurring blue-green algae that thrives in tropical and subtropical fresh water lakes and ponds with the largest crops located in the US, Thailand, China, and India. It got its name from its spiral, spring-like characteristics.

Spirulina is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants and carotenoids that can help protect our cells from damage. Nutrients include iron, magnesium, vitamins A, K, E and B complex, zinc and beta-carotene. This blue-green algae is high in protein (ranging 51-71%) and is considered a complete protein because it contains all the essential amino acids, higher than most other plant proteins. However you would have to take a lot in order to get the same amount you get from animal product, legumes, and nuts.  It is also high in Calcium (25x more than milk) and contains the fatty acid Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) which has been researched for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Common uses for Spirulina include treatment and/or prevention of concerns with aging, ADHD, cancer fatigue, high cholesterol, viral infections, allergies, and is being researched for its use in removing radioactive isotopes related to radiation therapy. There is limited scientific research on human consumption and Spirulina but the test-tube research has shown promising results. Hopefully continued research will prove all the wonderful benefits of this blue-green algae!

Spirulina comes in powder form, capsules, tablets and other products such as juices. When purchasing any of the aforementioned products, make sure to choose one that is organic and of high-quality. I add 2 tsps of powdered Spirulina to my protein shake... I am not going to lie, the taste is not my favorite! It kinda tastes like... well... pond water. If you blend it into your smoothie or fresh juice however, it is not that bad!

This is a recipe my hubby created a while back that I incorporate a couple times a week (when HE has the time to make it lol).

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