Spirulina is a green fresh water algae found in lakes and rivers in Africa, Mexico and Hawaai.
It is regarded as one of the most nutrient-dense foods on earth.
Spirulina is a complete protein, which means that it’s made up of all the essential amino acids the body needs and has up to 12 times more digestible protein than beef, chicken, pork, and fish.
Allergen: yes (both Spirulina and Chlorella are potential allergens)
Introduction: 8 months
Remember, it is an extremely nutrient dense food – a little goes a long way. An adult daily serving would be 3g.
When purchasing spirulina it is absolutely critical to make sure that the quality and purity of the spirulina that you consume is of the highest standards. Choose an organic brand which was processed with protection from UV light, heat, and moisture (which ensures that the chlorophyll and nutrient content is maintained). You should also avoid brands that have ‘fillers’ such as lecithin, fibres, whole grasses, pectin, rice bran or flax.
Sealed glass container cool, dark place several years.
Add to smoothies, fruit leather, ice lollies, fresh veggie juices.
Goodness… how do I summarise this?!
One 3-gram serving of spirulina contains:
- 60% protein
- A rich source of health-giving phytonutrients such as carotenoids, GLA, SOD and phycocyanin
- 2800% more beta-carotene than carrots
- 3900% more iron than spinach
- 600% more protein than tofu
- 280% more antioxidants than blueberries
Spirulina is an EXCELLENT source of: vitamins A, K1, K2, B12 and iron, manganese and chromium.
Spirulina is a VERY GOOD source of: vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E; potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc; omega 3-, 6- and 9 fatty acids and is especially high in omega-3.