The first time we heard about spirulina was couple of years ago. People thought it was a miracle powder and a secret weapon of Aztecs.

Today it is known that spirulina is rich in proteins, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

It also contains two times more nutrients than 5 servings of fresh vegetables and fruits.

Why is spirulina so special?

Experts explain that it is a blue-green alga or cyanobacteria which got its name due to its bright color. It contains healthy and bio-available pigments such as chlorophyll-a and beta-carotene.

Spirulina produces oxygen through the process of photosynthesis and it is very similar to land-dwelling plants. Moreover, it has numerous healthy nutrients.

Where was spirulina found?

Today, this alga can be found everywhere, including fresh water, moist rocks in deserts, oceans, bare rocks, damp soil, and even in the rocks in Antarctica. The biggest percent of the commercialized spirulina is picked off the South Africa and Hawaii shores.

It is sold in a form of powder, flakes or pills either pure or in combination with other ingredients.

Benefits

Spirilina is 60% protein and it can be used instead of meat. According to the nutritionists it is one of the few plants which contain B12, a vitamin that most vegetarians lack.

Spirulina also contains highly important lipids such as LA (omega-6), ALA (omega-3), DHA (brain component) and GLA (anti-inflammatory component).

It also has:

• 600% higher protein levels that tofu
• 3.100% higher levels of iron than spinach
• 280% higher levels of antioxidants than blueberries
• 3.100% more vitamin A (beta-carotene) than carrots

Moreover, this alga contains vitamins B2 (riboflavin), B1 (thiamine), B6 (pyridoxine), B3 (nicotinamine), B9 (folic acid), D, E and C.

Spirulina can supply your organism with calcium, copper, potassium, chromium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, zinc and sodium.

Extra benefits:

• Boosts immune system
• Relieves allergies
• Normalizes cholesterol
• Regulates blood tension
• Stimulates the development of friendly bacteria in the intestinal system
• Prevents cancer
• Provides antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties
• Reduces muscular degeneration due to the aging process and reduces the risks of cataracts
• Prevents insulin resistance
• Offers antiviral activity against hepatitis, herpes and HIV
• Prevents damage of the liver caused by chemo drugs

How to use spirulina?

You can either swallow the pill or put ¼-1 teaspoon of spirulina powder to your favorite smoothie. Nutritionists also advice to consume only small amounts of this powder since it is a bit sweet. Some people cannot even stand its taste, so spirulina can be found in packaged and pre-flavored protein powder as well.

Put 1 tablespoon of spirulina powder into a bag of popcorns. You can also add garlic for maximum taste. Make sure not to pick random algae since otherwise you can accidentally ingest some dangerous and non-edible species.

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The first time we heard about spirulina was couple of years ago. People thought it was a miracle powder and a secret weapon of Aztecs. Today it is known that spirulina is rich in proteins, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It also contains two times more nutrients than 5 servings of...