Don’t let spirulina’s nickname scare you away. Yes, it’s algae, but before you start judging the stuff on how it looks and where it comes from, take this into consideration: it’s bursting with protein; rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E, and K; contains all of the essential amino acids (which the body cannot create itself); and is a powerful source of antioxidants. Capable of growing in both fresh and saltwater, it is considered to be one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. So before you get all Mean Girls on it, here’s how blue-green stuff can help support a healthy body. Best part of all is that it conveniently comes in ALOHA’s Superfood Greens powder.
An Eggselent Source of Protein
Containing 4 grams of protein per tablespoon, dried spirulina’s high protein content has been comparable to the amount found in eggs—minus the cholesterol—which is good news for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone looking for alternative protein sources.
Oh, the Iron(y)
With it’s high iron content, spirulina is considered to be one of the best plant sources for iron, which is good news for those consuming a meat-free diet. As iron deficient anemia is a risk for many vegetarians and vegans, spirulina has been found to be a great supplement and is much easier on the stomach than the iron supplements found in pill form.
Offering yet another plant-based alternative to sourcing an important nutrient to support our bone health, aid in blood-clotting, help our nerves communicate with one another, and assist in contracting our muscles, the green stuff serves up 26 times the calcium than the white stuff (aka dairy milk).
All green plants contain chlorophyll, which is loaded with magnesium, has been found to help remove toxins from the body. Foods and supplements with a high magnesium content have been found to help treat anemia, high blood pressure, and anxiety. Chlorophyll’s phycocyanin content found in spirulina has been hailed as an incredible anti-inflammatory with extraordinary antioxidant effects. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “A number of animal and test tube studies suggest that spirulina increases production of antibodies, infection-fighting proteins, and other cells that improve immunity and help ward off infection and chronic illnesses such as cancer.”
Curb Your (Snack) Enthusiasm
Because spirulina is so dense in nutrients, however you decide to use it—in smoothies, salad dressings, pesto—will help keep you satiated longer. Have you ever felt full after eating a large meal of poor quality food (i.e., fast food, or meals high in sugar or carbs), and then two hours later felt hungry again? That’s because your body didn’t get the nutrients it needed to feel satisfied so it turned the “Feed Me” sign on again in hopes of getting what it needs. With so many amazing benefits from this powerful powder, you’ll likely be snacking much less between meals if you start incorporating it into your diet since you’ll be getting so many amazing things your body needs to stay healthy.