Have you heard of spirulina?
SPI-RUH-WHAT-A???….If you haven’t heard of spirulina, a type of blue-green algae, it’s time to welcome this SUPERFOOD into your home! But, do you really need a green superfood in your daily diet?
Admittedly, I hate to mutter the word, “SUPERFOOD,” because it’s overused and abused, not to mention the inherent ambiguity of its name, along with the implied magical, super powers that it will heal all things evil or that it allows you to ditch other veggies!
Superpowers!…this food is starting to sound like a Marvel hero!
In this case, Superpowers might just be well-deserved …High in nutrients, low in calories and fat; spirulina is 65% Amino Acids/Protein, is rich in vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants to help protect cells from damage, and contains B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid).
It’s perplexing spirulina isn’t a mainstream food, since the health benefits just keep coming. Studies conducted on spirulina showed countless health benefits:
♥️Increased endurance and stamina
♥️Reduced risk of disease and cancer
♥️Improved appearance of skin and improved eye health
♥️Reduced cravings and appetite
♥️Increased production of antibodies to support healthy immune function
♥️Improved healthy cholesterol levels and cardiovascular function
♥️May reduce cancer cell growth
♥️Provides anti-microbial benefit in which it slows the growth of and successfully eliminates harmful bacteria in the gut.
And speaking of maintaining good “gut health,” sourcing quality foods is critical to the health of your gut, and certainly that’s the case with spirulina too, since it’s farmed in lakes where other contaminants and algae can grow. That’s critical, because spirulina is a chelator. It naturally binds to metals and toxins, making it great for daily detox, but it can also become contaminated if not farmed with total integrity and testing. As a result, you’ll want to be cautious about buying spirulina off the shelf, since many of the leading green protein shake manufacturers have tested high for heavy metal contaminants. What a shame to add a spirulina into your diet for healthy detox and nourishment when hidden heavy metals also come along for the ride!
Punchline? The addition of spirulina’s green powder is definitely a great addition to your diet. It will not replace eating other healthy fruits and vegetables, however. Your cells have specific receptors for different fruits and vegetables, so to rely on one superfood is most definitely selling yourself short on health. But when used as a supplement, spirulina will adds fantastic health benefits as nature’s multivitamin.
You’re likely wondering, “Where do I find quality, non-contaminated spirulina?”…You’re right, you won’t find this Superfood at your local grocer, since it’s grown in exotic locations around the world. Instead, it’s typically available through health food or specialty stores, but I don’t buy spirulina in these stores for the purity reasons mentioned.
Instead, I personally use Purium’s spirulina and green Apple Berry Power Shake, since I know Purium’s spirulina is certified organic, non-GMO, gluten free, Kosher, and most importantly tested for contaminants. And for a real treat, try the Cocoa Mint Spirulina and my corresponding cookie recipe! My health coaching code, “pacerkristen” gives you $50 off Purium’s spirulina, Power Shake, Cocoa Mint Spirulina or any other Purium nutritional supplement.