You’ve seen it at your local smoothie shop, health food store, and probably on your favorite health influencer’s social media….spirulina is everywhere! And it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular superfoods on the planet for a good reason.
Spirulina is an algae that is packed with nutrients! In fact, it is so nutrient-dense that some researchers and scientists believe it can end malnutrition and world hunger.
So what’s in it that makes it so nutritious? It is a high-quality source of protein–making up about 51% of its composition! It contains 18 amino acids, copper, iron, manganese, potassium, B vitamins, iodine, and Gamma-linolenic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid). It’s also one of the best plant-based iron sources and contains over 26 times more calcium than milk. Check out some of the health benefits of spirulina!
#1 – It May Improve Muscle Strength and Endurance
Spirulina is so nutrient-dense and high in antioxidants that Aztec messengers would use it as an energy source on their long runs. Some modern studies show that spirulina may improve muscle strength and endurance and decrease damage from exercise.
#2 – It Helps Your Body Detoxify
Spirulina can bind with toxins and help your body remove them! In addition to chlorophyll which helps remove toxins in your blood, one review shows that the high antioxidant content is another reason for spirulina’s detoxifying properties.
#3 – It’s Anti-Inflammatory
Spirulina is rich in antioxidants, in particular–phycocyanin! Phycocyanin is anti-inflammatory, and some studies have shown that it fights free radicals that cause oxidative stress. Add it to smoothies, beverages, or yogurt for an antioxidant boost!
#4 – It Can Improve Your Immune System
Mix things up if you’re tired of constantly taking vitamin C to stay healthy! Research shows that spirulina can increase “the production of infection-fighting cytokines.” One study, in particular, shows that spirulina can improve immune function in older adults.
Powerful Plant-Based Nutrients
Spirulina Antioxidant Latte
serving size: 1 | time: 3 MINUTES
– Heat up the milk in a saucepan until desired temperature. Mix in the rest of the ingredients, frothing if desired
Super Green Spirulina Smoothie
serving size: 2 | time: 5 MINUTES
– Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
Spirulina Protein Bites
serving size: 15-20 | time: 15 MINUTES
– Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until well combined.
– Roll into balls and sprinkle coconut flakes on top
– Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Things You May Be Wondering
Where Does Spirulina Come From?
Spirulina gives the word “pond-scum” a whole new meaning. As unappealing as it may sound, spirulina is actually a type of algae that grows in bodies of water, similar to seaweed. However, don’t let its meager beginnings fool you. It’s incredible richness in protein, vitamins, and minerals makes it incredibly healthful to the body. It’s full of heroic secrets wrapped up in a humble package!
What’s the Difference in Green Spirulina vs. Blue Spirulina?
Both Blue Spirulina and Green Spirulina are extracts of the same plant – blue-green algae. Hinting at its two-part name, blue-green algae is made up of phycocyanin (the blue source) and chlorophyll (the green source).
And…you guessed it! Blue spirulina comes from phycocyanin and green spirulina comes from chlorophyll. Due to their differing compounds, each type offers unique benefits to the body
Is Nuvalsa’s Spirulina KETO friendly?
Yes! Spirulina is derived from plants and is friendly for both KETO and paleo diets. Spirulina can help enhance these diets due to its high vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant content. Not only is it plant-based, it’s also non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, and USDA certified organic. We want this awesome superfood to be available to everyone, regardless of their specific dietary needs!
Spirulina: There’s so much to love!
- packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals
- helps support the immune system
- may help increase metabolism and improve digestion
- promotes enhanced energy levels and mental activity
- supports oxygen circulation
- rich source of antioxidants