This freshwater microalgae is a cyanobacteria which has been growing naturally in certain tropical lakes for over 3 billion years. Even the Aztecs and Mayans were familiar with its exceptional wealth of life-sustaining nutrients. The value of the algae has not, however, been lost in modern times either. In fact,it is one of the world’s most popularly taken supplementsand has been proven, time and again, to be highly beneficial for human health.
Let’s take a look at the four different benefits we can get from spirulina and how we can add it to our diet!
Benefits of Spirulina
1. Great for the heart and blood
If you need the ultimate inner detox, spirulina should be your go-to supplement. It helps to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and also regulates blood pressure, blood flow, and heart function.
2. Fights against cellular oxidation
According to experts at Healthline, the ‘main active component’ in spirulina is called phycocyanin. This is an antioxidant substance that not only gives it its astonishing colour but also fights free radicals—which contribute to many inflammatory diseases.
In addition, the algae is packed with vitamin E, beta-carotene (provitamin A), essential amino acids, and antioxidants including chlorophyll, which helps to protect the skin, hair and eyes from these excess free radicals.
3. Reduces fatigue
Due to its high content of bioavailable proteins and iron, it stimulates the body’s defences, increases endurance, and helps physical recovery. The chlorophyll also provides more oxygen to the muscles and reduces the risk of cramps.
4. Promotes concentration and memory
Thanks to its richness in minerals like magnesium, calcium, and vitamins of the B group, it contributes to the balance of the nervous system. By reducing the effects of oxidative stress, it facilitates good sleep and improves concentration and memory.
Spirulina milk recipe
If you want to absorb the benefits of spirulina but you have no idea how, here’s a recipe that you can start off with—it’s called unicorn milk!
First, put the following ingredients into a blender:
- 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder
- 1 teaspoon of rapadura sugar
- 1 small piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
- The juice of one lemon
Blend the ingredients while slowly pouring in some coconut milk to the mixture. You know it’s ready to drink when you have a smooth and frothy mixture.
So, are you finally convinced that you need to have spirulina in your diet? Before you buy it, there is something you should be cautious about. Given that it's an immensely sought-after supplement, you need to be careful about where exactly you are buying it from.
WebMD warns that spirulina that has been harvested in the wild can be ‘contaminated with heavy metals and bacteria’ which could then lead to stress and even liver damage. Be sure to do your research and consult a doctor regarding the dosage you should take prior to getting on the supplement.