Type of blue-green algae, Spirulina is green colour which comes from chlorophyll, a detoxifying, oxygenating antioxidant found in all green plants, and its blue colour comes from phycocyanin, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that has also been shown to increase the growth of stem cells. It is considered to be nature’s richest source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a fatty acid that is helpful for improving skin, balancing the nervous system and the hormones, and in reducing inflammation.
Successfully used by NASA as a dietary supplement for astronauts, recommended by the World Health Organization as a nourishing food for children, spirulina gives us a lot to be excited about:
- It’s a natural source of protein, iron, magnesium, beta-carotene, B12, chlorophyll, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and essential amino acids (GLA, Omegas 3, 6, & 9s).
- Spirulina offers a wide array of nutrients—and because they’re naturally occurring, these nutrients are easily broken down and absorbed, making them more bioavailable.
- Containing 30% of your recommended daily requirement of natural iron, spirulina is a simple way to give our body the iron it craves.
This nutrient packed microalgae is just not the tastiest of superfoods, which can make the idea of adding spirulina to your daily meal plan a less than thrilling prospect. Due to its high nutritious value, it is consumed by athletes and fitness enthusiasts all over the world. Fitness enthusiasts often consume this product raw but there are several ways in which this superfood can be consumed.
Spirulina is an ancient species of algae—so ancient that it’s one of the oldest life forms on earth. In its natural form, it can be found growing in freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds—and this unique, deep water environment is what gives spirulina its rich, potent smell and taste. The two most common forms of available spirulina are powder and tablets. It’s also an ingredient in some protein and energy-boosting powder mixes. You can stir a small spoonful of spirulina powder into a glass of water or juice and drink it straight, or you can add some to a smoothie. It is also one of the few food sources with the blue pigment phycocyanin.The powder can add a gritty texture to what you’re eating or drinking .
Here’s how Spirulina taste like and some good recipes that make it even more beneficial.
Since,the natural taste of this food source is not very pleasant and is quite similar to that of food products that are packed with chlorophyll, here are some amazing recipes that will help improve it’s taste.
- Spirulina Smoothie , kickstart your day with a tropical vibe when you sip this spirulina and vitamin C smoothie.
- Spirulina Chocolate bars are not only healthy but are also a delicious alternative to just plain consumption of these algae.
- Spirulina Pesto, this zesty condiment works equally well as a delicious homemade dip or drizzled over fresh pasta.
- Spirulina Athletic drink, work best for an instant energy drink after a heavy workout session.
- Spirulina Latte, satiate you and revitalize without feeling heavy.
- In beverages and food products, the real earthy, sulfuric taste of Spirulina is hardly felt.
Caution : Always consult physician or other qualified health professionals, and check your allergies, before consuming spirulina. It may cause headaches, allergic reactions, muscle pain, sweating, and insomnia in some cases.