Spirulina is an algae that goes by the scientific name of cyanobacteria and is native to freshwater lakes in south and central America and parts of Africa. It was consumed by the ancient Aztecs and is now considered to be one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods on the planet.
Let's take a look at the properties of Spirulina and how we can reap the health benefits of this blue-green aquatic wonder source.
The nutritional break down for 100 grams of Spirulina puts protein in lead position with 57.47 grams, incorporating almost all of the 20 amino acids on offer. Also present are 13 vitamins that our body needs (excluding B12) and an impressive list of 8 key minerals, some of which are hard to come by in our modern diets.
The upshot being that you are pretty much getting the full range of the building blocks we need for healthy bodies, in plant form which is handy for those not wishing to consume animal products.
Spirulina is therefore one to add to the supplement list, as it's a food source we don't come across otherwise. This is easy to do, as Spirulina tablets are available to buy on the market and in powder form, which you can add to smoothies. It's worth noting that the taste can be quite off putting, so tablets may make ingesting Spirulina on a regular basis more achievable.