Buy spirulina to help guarantee you get a huge dose of healthy vitamins and minerals, every single day. Food lovers tend to enjoy our natural and organic spirulina for similar reasons to chlorella. Both superfoods are packed with a shed load (note: not a scientific measurement) of similar nutrients. But if you have yet to try spirulina you might also prefer its taste, which many consider to be well-rounded and even more versatile! Read on for top tips, recipes and facts.
What is spirulina?
Spirulina is a single-celled blue-green algae which is shaped… yep, you guessed it: like a spiral. It grows well in warm, naturally alkaline freshwater in various world locations, such as Lake Texcoco in Mexico, or Lake Chad in Africa. It can also be found in saltwater locations, which can slightly alter its nutritional content to various degrees.
This precious super-healthy algae is then carefully dried and sealed up tight, ready to be sold across the UK and Europe. Just for reference, we often obtain our top quality spirulina supplies from a range naturally fertile and bounteous lakes across the globe, including rich sources in Eastern Africa and South America.
Why use spirulina?
Well, there are so many good reasons. Spirulina boasts (an almost arrogantly high amount of) nourishing vitamins, minerals and healthy compounds. Notably, 65% of it is made up of a complete mix of protein! This is extremely rare in plant foods, and makes it an excellent choice for bolstering any healthy vegetarian or vegan diet. And not only that, spirulina’s protein is ‘pre-digested’ by the algae – generally making it much easier to digest than meat.
But that’s just the start of the story. As spirulina grows across lakes, it soaks up heaps of essential minerals, vitamins and other goodness. Potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, calcium, manganese, selenium, phosphorous, vitamin B12 and beta-carotene are just a few of the starring nutrients. No wonder the ancient Aztecs held this amazing superfood in high esteem for its sustaining and health-giving properties. In fact, our natural and organic spirulina is such a complete wholefood, it’s often used in 'spirulina fasting'. Read more about this intriguing practice right here.
And if you needed any more incentive to buy spirulina, don’t worry. This magical food has far more healthiness going for it. Check out this excellent nutritional summary for more good news!
How to use spirulina
You can add spirulina to your healthy eating regime in much the same way you would with other nutritious powders. It works excellently in smoothies, shakes, juices and cocktails of all kinds. Food wise, use the beautiful flavour, colour and texture of spirulina in any way you like. Get creative, and let us know how you get on!
In the meantime, if you’re after inspiration, here are a few ingenious spirulina food recipes we found. When you see this kind of amazing invention from chefs around the world, you can’t help but tip your hat, or raise your glass, or tip your head while closing your eyes, turning your lips down and raising your eyebrows in sheer respect. And cooking some of these healthy and tasty spirulina recipes is an absolute must.
The recommended dosage of our high-quality spirulina powder supplement is about one teaspoonful per day for adults, and about half that for children. No significant spirulina side effects have been reported within normal dosage ranges.
Did you know…?
Spirulina is not only highly nutritious and easily digestible; it's also naturally sterile and retains its nutritional value even when processed and stored at high temperatures.