This isn’t the first time we’ve gotten on our soapbox about spirulina. We’ve talked about its potential to detox the body before and why it’s considered one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet too. Heck, we even profess our love for this beautiful green algae on Instagram all the time!
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you know all about our obsesses with spirulina (or ‘pond scum’ as some people call it). However, it is our personal mission to spread the word of the benefits of this glorious superfood!
Let’s review, why are we smitten with spirulina?
Spirulina is a freshwater plant that is considered a king among men within the world of superfoods because it is packed with a variety of nutrients, including fatty acids, antioxidants, proteins, iron, vitamin B1, magnesium, and calcium.
Because of the dense nutrient content in spirulina, it has been proven to fight infection, allergies, and aid with athletic abilities. It’s also been shown to help fight certain types of cancer, negate the harmful effects of chemo radiation, lower blood pressure, and aid with weight loss. And that’s just the beginning!
Spirulina is also high in protein and high in iron. Protein is essential in cell production and muscle repair which makes spirulina a great addition to your post-workout smoothie.
Iron fights off viral and bacterial infections in the body and allows our blood to carry oxygen to our muscles and organs while removing the carbon dioxide. While detoxing, iron is vital to keep our body flush with oxygen.
Adding spirulina to your diet has been shown to alkalize the body and support liver function by functioning as an antioxidant and scavenging for free radical cells. It’s even been shown to reduce arsenic from our systems!
Since the liver detoxifies our blood and filters chemicals to be passed through our systems, it is essential that any detox or diet supports a healthy liver.
Phew, that’s a lot for one unassuming green powder. Have we convinced you yet? Are you eating spirulina?
(Also! Speak to your health care professional if you are currently suffering from any illnesses, symptoms, or deficiencies. That being said, spirulina can be a great option for vegan or vegetarians who are concerned about getting their daily services of protein and iron.)
If you loved learning about spirulina then you’re going to want to read our post on easy health hacks next!