Spirulina is an abundant source of protein for those who do not eat meat, it is an excellent food source of the Aztecs and the secret of the sea. Spirulina is abundant in critical minerals, vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants. However, where exactly does spirulina come from and what is its purpose?
What is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a blue-green algae, a cyanobacteria. It is named by its blue color. Many of those pigments can be bioavailable and beneficial, including chlorophyll-a and carotene. Oxygen is produced by algae as a by-product of the process of photosynthesis. Moreover, it is also filled with nutrients.
What’s the Origin of Cyanobacteria?
Nearly all aquatic and terrestrial habitat contain cyanobacteria. It is present in bare soil and rock, temporarily moistened rocks in deserts, damp soil, fresh water and oceans and even Antarctic rocks. The majority of commercialized American spirulina products are harvested from the shore of South America and Hawaii. They are being sold as flakes, pills and powders, either as mixtures or isolates.
Spirulina and Its Benefits
Spirulina is made of almost 60% protein and it is perfect for people who do not consume meat. Moreover, it is the only plant which contains vitamin B-12. This vitamin is crucial, and most vegetarians are deficient in this vitamin. Additionally, it is abundant in healthy lipids like DHA (primary component of the brain), GLA (it is helpful in case of an inflammation), LA (omega 6) and ALA (omega 3).
In one gram of spirulina there is:
- 280% more antioxidants than blueberries
- 3,100% more beta carotene than carrots
- 5,500 % more iron than what is contained in spinach
- 600 % more protein than what is contained in tofu
It also contains sodium, selenium, zinc, manganese, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, chromium, calcium, and potassium.
- Soothes allergy symptoms
- Controls high blood pressure
- Makes the immune system stronger
- Cancer protection
- Controls cholesterol
- Promotes the growth of healthy bacterial flora
- Decreases the risk of age related macular degeneration and cataracts
- Acts as an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory
- Improves insulin resistance
- Prevents liver damage from chemotherapy
- Prevent hepatitis, herpes and HIV
Use Spirulina in This Way
The simplest and easiest way of using spirulina is either by swallowing it in a form of a pill or adding from ¼ to 1 teaspoon of powdered spirulina in your smoothie. Consume small amounts in the beginning. Its flavor is not very delicious and a little sweet at first. You can also find spirulina as a packaged protein powder.
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