Spirulina is a Blue-Green algae that grows in salt water, but you’ll usually find it in powder or tablet form at a health food store sold as superfood. And a superfood it is! Seaweeds in general are a highly concentrated source of nutrients. Spiriulina is special because some consider it nature’s first food!
Spirulina is a complete protein. This means that it contains all 9 essential amino acids that you have to obtain from your diet. There are 20 amino acids (protein building blocks) that our bodies need for optimal function.
9 of those Amino Acids are known as “Essential Amino Acids” whereas the other 11 are known as “Non-Essential Amino Acids” The 11 non essential amino acids can be manufactured within our bodies from other nutrients.
The 9 essential amino acids cannot be manufactured by the body, and thus must be consumed through our foods. Spirulina contains all 9 essential amino acids, and it is 60-65% protein by weight (with the rest of its energy coming from carbohydrates and fats.)
You can add spirulina powder to your smoothie recipes and other raw treats as an added boost of protein by combining 1 scoop of hemp protein with 1 tablespoon of spirulina together.
It’s important that you source high quality spirulina, as not all spirulina is created equal. Nutrex has a safe and very high quality process. You can find their spirulina online or at a health food store.
In only 100 grams of spirulina you will find:
- 57 grams of protein
- 3.6 grams of fibre
- 342 micrograms beta-carotine
- 2.38 mg’s Vitamin B1
- 3.67 mg’s Vitamin B2
- 12.82 mgs Vitamin B3
- 94 micrograms Vitamin B9
- 66 mg’s choline
- 10 mg’s Vitamin C
- 28.g mg’s Iron
Spirulinas Many Health Benefits
Diabetes Help: Spirulina has been studied for its ability to help lower fasting blood glucose levels in those with diabetes. The study gave its participants who all had type two diabetes 2 grams of spirulina per day for 2 months. After the two months there was a considerable drop in their fasting blood glucose levels, as well as helping to improve cholesterol levels,
9 Healthy Perks of Spirulina
1. Reduces sugar cravings.
2. Supports liver and kidney function.
3. Reduces appetite.
4. Strengthens digestion.
5. Increases energy levels.
6. Nourishes the cardiovascular system.
7. Increases endurance.
8. Helps to increase focus and concentration.
9. It is a concentrated source of chlorophyll, which helps to nourish and build the blood.
3 Recipes to Get You Started with Spirulina
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