A couple of years ago, everyone was on the kale bandwagon. Now, spirulina is the new craze everyone is buzzing about. Spirulina, a cyanobacterium, is a nutrient powerhouse. When you are on the path to living a healthier lifestyle, nutrient-rich foods are your diet plan’s greatest allies, so it makes sense that people are raving over spirulina and its health benefits. As with any new changes to your diet plan, there are many things to consider before deciding if it is right for you.
Health Benefits: Spirulina is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world. It is concentrated with protein and low in calories. In fact, many vegans and vegetarians consume spirulina often because of the amount of protein it provides in a serving. Vitamins B1, B2, and B3 can also be found in spirulina. It is also a great source of calcium and iron. Spirulina contains Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) and Omega-3s. GLA is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is rarely found in food sources. GLA’s anti-inflammatory properties are also the reason that spirulina is believed to help those whom battle seasonal allergies. Spirulina is also said to help balance blood sugar, remove heavy metals from the body, increase fat burning during exercise, and combat muscle fatigue from exercise.
How to Consume: Spirulina does not have the most desirable taste, so many people will not opt to mix it with water and drink it straight. The powder form of spirulina can be mixed into smoothies and diet plan friendly beverages. Just a small amount of this power powder will turn your drink a deep-blue color. If you want to avoid walking around with blue-stained teeth, keep a bottle of water on hand after consuming a drink mixed with spirulina. Some have gotten creative by mixing spirulina into no-bake energy bites.
Things to Consider: Comparing spirulina to some other nutrient-rich foods, it is pretty expensive not to mention the fact that you want to purchase organic spirulina if you choose to consume it. The environment that spirulina is grown in affects its taste and overall quality, so you need to be mindful of where your spirulina is harvested. This requires a little research on your part but will be well worth it. If you are pregnant, plan to be, have an auto-immune disorder, or other health concerns, it is important to consult with your physician before adding spirulina to your diet plan.