Superfood Time! And it hardly can’t get any greener than this. You might have heard about Spirulina, since superfoods are totally en vogue right now, but this green microalgae has been consumed for centuries as it’s known for its high nutritional value and health benefits. Some mix it up with water, we prefer stirring it through our juices and smoothies. Here are some facts!
- This blue-green algae (Arthrospira platensis) grows naturally in oceans and salty lakes in subtropical climates
- Spirulina was a food source for the Aztecs until the 16th century and they called it “tecuitlatl”
- It is the richest beta carotene food, with a full spectrum of ten mixed carotenoids. They have the ability to simultaneously work at different locations in our body to enhance antioxidant protection. Now that is called multi-tasking!
- About 60% of dried spirulina is protein, containing all essential amino acids, which is essential for growth and cell regeneration. It’s perfect for athletes or us normal people that (try to) work out regularly, as it can stimulate stamina and helps build muscle mass
- As we are subject to many toxic chemicals in our air, water, food etc. on a daily basis, our bodies need to continually eliminate various kinds of toxins. Spirulina has an unique combination of phytonutrients – including chlorophyll that can help cleanse our bodies