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Superfood Secrets: all you need to know about spirulina

Superfood Secrets: all you need to know about spirulina

Spirulina is a microalgae that appeared on Earth about 3.5 billion years ago. It has a blue-green color and a spiral shape, thanks to which it got its name. Many people mistakenly think of this superfood as seaweed, but it is freshwater. It grows far from everywhere: it needs an alkaline environment and a special microclimate. Spirulina in nature can be found everywhere, even in the desert, but there are only two truly large natural sources of this substance in the world - the African Lake Chad and the Qinghai Lake in China. All the rest were created artificially in the XX – XXI centuries.

Organic spirulina is your best choice. After all, some algae is fed with bird droppings and various harmful additives, and such spirulina becomes toxic.  

Superfood composition and benefits

Spirulina is considered not just an alga, but half a bacterium. This means that this product contains a lot of easily digestible protein, essential amino acids that are not produced in the body, and animal vitamins (B2, B6, B12, etc.).  It is also recommended to include spirulina in the diet of pregnant women and children with low hemoglobin, because it is one of the best sources of iron. For this reason this superfood is helpful in treating anemia.

100g of spirulina contain 18g of carbs and 60g of protein, including 18 amino acids.

Spirulina is also a salvation for those with a sweet tooth: saturating the body with iron and other trace elements, it helps to overcome cravings for sweets and starchy foods. The algae has a fantastic effect on hair loss: after just a month of taking, the curls become thicker, and their growth accelerates. With regular use, it also improves memory and vision, normalizes blood pressure and cholesterol levels. And superfood also boosts immunity and helps to survive the autumn-spring hypovitaminosis no worse than vitamin complexes. 

Spirulina: powder vs tablets

 

Spirulina comes in capsules and powder.

Powder is a better choice, because it is not known how tablets were produced. Keep in mind though: spirulina has a specific fishy smell and taste. If you can't stand it, you will have to opt for tablets or try to "disguise" the powder in other food products - for example, in a smoothie or salad.

 

How to consume spirulina

Spirulina is not a drug, so you can "prescribe" it to yourself. A safe daily portion of the powder is 4 g (1 tsp) for preventive medical purposes, 8 g (2 tsp) for treatment purposes. You should not exceed the dosage: pain in the stomach and intestines, nausea, tachycardia and increased excitability may occur. To observe results, superfood must be taken for at least a month. Then you need to take a break for 3 weeks and you can return spirulina back on the menu. With these cycles, the algae can be consumed on an ongoing basis. But if suddenly one day you feel disgust, which was not there before, pause: the body tells you that it is already full.

When mixing spirulina with other products follow the following rules. Firstly, don’t expose spirulina to heat treatment, as it kills all the properties at temperatures above 43 degrees. Secondly, do not combine algae with dairy products as they block the absorption of nutrients. Therefore, if you take this superfood in the morning, leave the milk for the afternoon. 

Cautions

Despite its many beneficial properties, spirulina cannot be recommended to everyone.

It is not allowed for those who has gastrointestinal tract conditions like gastritis, cholecystitis, pancreatitis. It is also not recommended to include it in the diet if you suffer from chronic kidney disease and hypertension.

Favourite spirulina recipes

It is best to consume spirulina with fresh vegetables or fruit, juice or smoothie.

All favourites are green smoothie high in protein. It may completely replace your breakfast .

Option 1

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen / fresh banana
  • 1 cup frozen / fresh mango
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach
  • 1 tsp organic spirulina powder
  • ½ cups of natural orange juice
  • 2 tbsp of vanilla flavoured natural protein powder
  • ½ cups of oat milk

Instructions

Mix all ingredients in blender and blitz for half minute until smooth. Then split into 2 glasses and enjoy!

Option 2

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen / fresh banana
  • 1 apple
  • 50g fresh spinach
  • 1 tsp organic spirulina powder
  • 2 tbsp linseed
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 200ml water

Instructions

Mix all ingredients in blender and blitz for half minute until smooth. Perfect for 1 portion.

 

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