Superfood Spotlight: Spirulina

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Superfood Spotlight: Spirulina Why You Should Be Taking Nature's Multivitamin

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Superfood Spotlight: Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue-green microalgae that grows in warm, fresh water lakes. It the most nutrient-dense food there is. Spirulina contains high levels of protein, as well as 18 amino acids. It also has beta-carotene, B12, iron, calcium, magnesium and high levels of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), as well as over 100 other vitamins and minerals. It is called “nature’s multivitamin” for good reason. 

This is the brand I use.

Spirulina’s Health Benefits

Spirulina provides a wide array of health benefits practically immediately once you eat it.
  • Boosts energy and reduces fatigue. Tired all the time? This supplement is for you!
  • Improves endurance and can help aid weight loss.
  • Supports the kidneys, liver and immue system.
  • Prevents heart disease and lowers blood pressure.
  • Purifies the body, removes toxins, oxygenates the blood and detoxifies.
  • Suppresses your appetite. (I can vouch for this!)
  • Improves digestion.
  • Promote eye and skin health.
  • Fight free radicals and aging.
  • Balances pH, which in turn reduces inflammation. To be honest, this is the main reason I take it. If you know my story, I have been hyper-aware of the damage widespread inflammation does to your body, and with the health struggles I have ( from hormones to allergies to back pain), I do anything I can to help reduce inflammation. All the other health benefits to me are just a (big) bonus!

The Bad News:

Wow, this sounds amazing. What is the catch?? Well, in all honesty, it smells and tastes pretty funky. I have the powder version because, from what I have researched, it provides more nutritional value than the tablets. It is a strong flavor that is not easily masked. I have tried spirulina in Shakeology and in green smoothies (and it makes them really green since it is a dark green color), but it is pretty hard to disguise.

The Good News:

You can choose to use the tablets. You can also get used to it over time. I don’t mind it as much as I used to. The package tells you a recommended daily amount and I aim for about half that and feel pretty proud of myself. I would rather get half the benefit and enjoy my food than get all of the benefit and hate it (and then none of the benefit because I would give up)!

Also, in the next section, I will give you some more ideas of how you can sneak this amazing superfood into your routine!

Besides that, see the health benefits above. What more good news do you need?

How to Add Spirulina to Your Weekly Routine

Whether in tablet or in powder form, spirulina is one superfood that is definitely worth looking into for daily or weekly use.

Have you tried the amazing superfood spirulina yet? What is your favorite way to use it?

Jen

 

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4 Comments

  1. Mandi Wilson says:

    For some people, it is easier to just ingest a tablet than to get a natural ingredient for a recipe. Most of the time, I forget to use it in cooking and then take a tablet anyways. I have been feeling much better since adding this superfood to my diet.

    • Jen says:

      I can certainly understand that. A nutritionist once told me that it is more important to use it regularly than use it in the “best” way. I think I will probably try tablet form when I run out of the powder.

      • Julie Sanders says:

        The tablet form just seems more convenient wouldn’t you say? I get that maybe the powder is good for cooking and things like that, but if I just want to take it, the pill is ideal.

        • Jen says:

          True, the most important thing is taking it, so even if the powder is slightly better, if you won’t take it that way, it doesn’t help at all!

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