Benefits and uses of Spirulina

My food philosophy is to eat mostly whole foods and organic when possible, I shy away from supplements and powders as much as possible, but I also like to experiment and try different things and trends. At the end of the day, that's the only way you learn more.

Spirulina was on my radar for a while now, and have been contemplating to find out what was all the hype about. We bough it a big batch of it and started adding to our smoothies but that was it. It does have a funny smell and taste so it took a while for me to get used it. 

There are many ways to use it to get the best benefits of it, and many athletes rave about it, since is known to be great for endurance and recovery. 

But what is it? 

Spirulina it's a blue-green microalgae that has been on this earth for a very long time, in fact, is partly responsible for producing the oxygen in the planet's atmosphere that billions of years ago allowed the planet's originating life forms to develop. People call it the first super food and It used to be use by aztecs  back in the day.

You can get spirulina on powder or capsules and a few brands carry it. I, however, like Vital Proteins. They carry them on capsules and can be bought online. You can get them here

Here some of the benefits of consuming it: 

  1. It is high in many nutrients, like vitamin B1, B2, B3, cooper, iron, protein,  and some magnesium. A tablespoon of spirulina contains a small amount of fat (around 1 gram), including both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

  2. It has inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties; The main active component is called phycocyanin. This antioxidant substance also gives spirulina its unique blue-green color. Some athletes add a tablespoon to smoothies to help the recovery process. 

  3. Muscle strength and endurance might improve, certain plant foods have antioxidant properties that can help athletes and physically active individuals minimize this damage. Some studies have shown that spirulina supplementation can enhance endurance, and one study shows that it can increase muscle strength. Everyones body is different and reacts differently so this is not guarantee but you can always give it a try!

As uses, I like to add it to my smoothies, or drink a capsule at least once a week.  


Have you tried it? and how do you use it?