When talking about superfoods, Spirulina is certainly the first one that comes in my mind.
It can actually be considered the world's most nutritionally complete superfood, as it offers health benefits to practically every organ and bodily function.
Spirulina is a microalgae (cyanobacteria) that thrives in hot, alkaline waters around the world (pH around 8.5 and above and a temperature around 30 °C), and contains concentrations of nutrients unlike any other single grain, herb, or plant.
Among these, are gamma – linoleic acid (GLA) an essential fatty acid, linoleic and arachidonic acids, B complex vitamins, beta-carotene (spirulina contains 2800% more beta-carotene than carrots!), vitamins C and E, and minerals such as iron and selenium.
Also, it is extremely rich in proteins: it produces something like twenty-times as much protein as a soybean growing on a same-size area of land.
One tablespoon (about 10 g) of spirulina powder contains:
What is It good for?
The benefits of this algae have been clinically studied and tested for many years.
It is proven that spirulina is a naturally digestible food that aids in boosting your immune system. Laboratory studies suggest it can help fighting viruses that cause herpes, the common cold and influenza.
Also, Spirulina is helpful in reducing cholesterol levels, and blood pressure and it is very good for detoxifying process. Because it supplies nutrients needed to help cleanse and heal, while also reducing the appetite, it is beneficial for people who are fasting.
It is also high in antioxidants, so it can help fight inflammation and damage to tissues and organs caused by free radical and reducing post exercise muscle soreness.
Finally, it may help balance blood sugar.
A person with hypoglycemia may benefits from using spirulina between meals because its high protein content help stabilize blood sugar levels. (P. A. Balch, CNC - Prescription for Nutritional Healing)
How do I use it?
SPIRULINA POWDER. Make sure to get the organic ones, as others can be contaminated or have bad compounds as additives. Add a tablespoon to your favorite smoothie, juice, or soup. You can also mix it into water and drink straight. The taste can be strong at first but you can get used to it.
SPIRULINA CAPSULE. If you can’t deal with the algae taste of spirulina you can choose capsule or tablets instead, bearing in mind that since tablets/capsule are hard and compact they may pass through only partially digested. This means you run the risk of not receiving the full nutritive value of spirulina.