Five Reasons You Should Eat Blue Algae Every Day
This trendy nutritional powerhouse has been popping up on your Insta-feeds for most of 2017 on mermaid toast and in unicorn lattes, but what is it?
Spirulina - aka pond scum - is a Cyanobacteria that, when grown in water that is free from contaminants and harvested properly, is high in protein, Chlorophyll, Omega 3-6-9's, and ~so many~ other vitamins and minerals. So let's talk about why you need to add Spirulina to your daily routine like, now.
1. Nutrient Rich
Spirulina is considered the most nutrient rich food in the world. This is not a drill! Spirulina is full of Calcium, Iron, Protein + Thiamin, Riboflavin, and Niacin (aka Vitamins B1, B2, and B3).
Wait, there's more. Spirulina is also rich in Folic Acid, Vitamins C, D, A, and E, Iron, Copper, Potassium, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Sodium, and Zinc. Are you convinced yet?
We (like you) are always on the lookout for foods that fight inflammation. The combination of Omega 3-6 Acids (Polyunsaturated (PUFA) and Gamma Linolenic Acids (GLA)) in Spirulina, supported by its other minerals and nutrients, convert GLA to DGLA, which helps your body battle inflammation (and win!)
3. Major Detox
Spirulina has tonnes of antioxidants, including Phycocyanin, Chlorophyll, Vitamins A + E, and Selenium. These provide powerful protection from yucky toxins, free radicals, and cellular damage. Now that's major.
4. Say Goodbye to Heavy Metals
Chlorophyll, Chlorophyll, Chlorophyll. The detoxifying maverick can help kick heavy metals like arsenic from your body with daily supplementation. ALSO: there has been some evidence that links Chlorophyll to improvements in radiation therapy and nuclear exposure. Need we say more? (Ok, one more...)
5. Go With Your Gut
Remember when we told you that Spirulina is a Cyanobacteria? This prebiotic is a great way to balance your body's bacteria, suppressing candida (hi, yeast) and other 'bad' bacterias, while the enzyme content aides in digestion. How's that for a good gut-feeling?