What is spirulina? A herb? A green leafy vegetable? One of the most nutrient-rich foods on earth?
Spirulina belongs to the bacteria kingdom, not the plant kingdom. Although widely called blue-green algae, it’s a cyanobacteria (meaning blue bacteria) and is partly responsible for producing the oxygen in the planet’s atmosphere. Spirulina grows naturally in the wild in warm, fresh water lakes and is also cultivated and harvested in man-made reservoirs.
Spirulina has between 55 and 70 per cent protein (more than beef, chicken, and soybeans), eight essential and 10 non-essential amino acids, as well as high levels of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), beta-carotene, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, vitamin B12, iron, calcium, phosphorus, nucleic acids RNA and DNA, chlorophyll, and phycocyanin, a pigment-protein complex that is found only in blue-green algae.
This vibrant ingredient provides a wide range of health benefits including an energy boost and reduced fatigue. It helps improve the immune system, and provides exceptional support for the heart, liver, and kidneys. Spirulina is also a natural detoxifier, oxygenating the blood, and helping cleanse the body of toxins and other impurities that may be causing illnesses or other health complications.
Spirulina is also a natural appetite suppressant and helps to improve the body’s digestive system. It contains powerful antioxidant properties to balance the body’s pH, thereby reducing inflammation throughout the body, as well as improve your immune system and brain function.
And there’s even more good news! Whether you freeze it, refrigerate it, leave it at room temperature, or process it, you will still get all of its nutrients.
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Blend spinach, avocado, pineapple, banana, maca, spirulina and almond milk until smooth. Sprinkle hemp seed, coconut and bee pollen on top and add sliced banana and pineapple. Enjoy!