This Powder has More Antioxidants Than Blueberries, More Iron Than Spinach and More Vitamin A Than Carrots

The world first heard about spirulina few years ago. It was first thought to be the green miracle powder of the sea, and the secret weapon of Aztecs.

 

Today we know that spirulina offers tons of protein for vegans and vegetarians. It’s also packed with important antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.
Moreover, it contains twice as much nutrients as 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables.

So, what makes spirulina this special?

It’s actually a cyanobacteria or a blue-green algae as experts explain. Spirulina got its name after its bright color. Most of its pigments are bioavailable and healthy, especially beta-carotene and chlorophyll-a.

Algae produces oxygen through photosynthesis, which makes it pretty similar to land-dwelling plants. It’s also packed with many beneficial nutrients.

Where was the cyanobacteria first found?

Today, we can find it in everywhere, including oceans, fresh water, damp soil, moist rocks in deserts, bare rocks and soil, and even the rocks in Antarctica. Large percent of commercialized spirulina in our country is picked off the shores in Hawaii and South America.

It’s later sold in powder form, pills, and flakes. It comes pure or combined with other ingredients.

Health Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina is almost 60% protein, and it’s an excellent alternative to meat proteins sources. Nutritionists say that it’s one of the very few plant sources of vitamin B-12.

As you may now, vegetarians lack this vitamin in their diet. Spirulina contains ALA, (omega-3), LA (omega-6), GLA (reduces inflammation), and DHA (main component of brain). These healthy lipids carry many important roles.

Gram-per-gram spirulina contains:

3,100% more beta-carotene (vitamin A) than carrots

5,500% more iron than spinach

280% more antioxidants than blueberries

The blue-green algae contains vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamine), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), C, D, and E.

It’s an excellent source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, and zinc.

Extra benefits:

Relieves allergies

Boosts immunity

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