It’s been posited that – gram for gram - Spirulina is the single most nutritious food on the planet. With a unique nutritional profile, the Aztecs knew its power, and we do too.
Part of the blue-green algae family, spirulina grows in both fresh and salt water with the purest form originating in Hawaii. Not only is it one of our 33 ingredients in our Elite Pre and Post Workout Shake, but it’s also one of just nine to make it into our Ultimate Daily Greens.
Spirulina the superfood
Superfoods are those defined as those with a superior nutrient-density, beneficial for health and wellbeing. Well, spirulina hits the mark on all counts. The nutrient profile is incredible. In just one teaspoon (7g) of spirulina, you’ll get:
- Vitamin B1 (11% of your RDA)
- Vitamin B2 (15% of your RDA)
- Vitamin B3 (4% of your RDA)
- Iron (11% of RDA)
- Significant amounts of zinc, magnesium, potassium and manganese
A protein powerhouse
It’s great for recovery, because spirulina is 57% protein. Compared to beef steak (at a paltry 25% protein!), this makes spirulina one of the highest plant-based sources on earth. The benefits of protein are widely known, and we’re stoked to see a plant protein source pack such a punch.
Spirulina aids digestion
Spirulina is a type of probiotic which not only improves your digestive system, but also encourages the growth of other healthy bacteria.
5 Further health benefits of spirulina
- Spirulina has shown to de-toxify your body of heavy metals, particularly arsenic, which has been linked to numerous neurological issues such as dementia
- One medical journal showed spirulina even protects against radiation poisoning. Hopefully you don’t need this, but it’s comforting nevertheless!
- Spirulina fights cancer, particularly due to its de-toxifying properties. It is also a catalyst for increasing antioxidants within your body
- Spirulina also lowers cholesterol, fights diabetes, balances blood pressure levels and boosts energy levels
- It’s loaded with chlorophyll, which further helps alkalise your body.
How do I take spirulina?
You could add it to your morning smoothie or stir into a bowl of porridge, but there’s a better way. One teaspoon of our Ultimate Daily Greens contains a big spirulina fix, and it’s also a key ingredient in our Elite Pre and Post Workout Shake.