We all know spirulina is a superfood, but many people are still shy of using it for some reason. Oh wait — perhaps I know. It’s the alarming bright green color, right? Or is it the funky seaweed smell? Whatever your reasons, put them aside for just a few minutes and consider these top five reasons you definitely need more spirulina in your life:
1. Nutrient Powerhouse
Spirulina isn’t just a superfood – it’s a vegan necessity in my book. It contains over 150 percent of your daily Vitamin B12 content in just one teaspoon, with 4 grams of protein, 80 percent of your daily iron intake, and over 880 percent of your daily Vitamin A intake. If that’s not enough, it contains the natural chemical known as PEA, which boosts brain flow, mental focus, and serotonin production. Some people call it “nature’s multivitamin” and I have to say, I definitely agree.
2. It’s Easy to Add to Smoothies
For those of you that can’t get past the taste or smell of spirulina, smoothies are your answer. Masked in a smoothie with some cacao, goji, vanilla, maca, maybe a touch of vegan protein powder, and even a banana if you like, spirulina is actually pretty tasty. Just add one or two teaspoons if you’re new to using it. You’ll hardly know it’s there, outside of the bright, beautiful green hue. Just don’t eat it straight off the spoon if you’re a first-timer. That’s something even I wouldn’t do!
3. It’s a Great B12 Option for Vegans
If you’re not a fan of nutritional yeast or don’t tolerate yeast due to yeast sensitivities, spirulina is another great way to get in your Vitamin B12 content, which is important for vegans. Vitamin B12 helps improve digestive health, prevent low energy and a sluggish metabolism, not to mention depression since it boosts brain health.
4. Thyroid Booster
This power sea algae can also improve your thyroid, since it’s rich in iodine and micro-nutrients. All seaweed is great for your thyroid but spirulina’s specific nutrient profile makes it a better option for your money.
5. High Chlorophyll Content
Lastly, it’s bright green color content denotes the amazing amounts of chlorophyll that spirulina contains, so don’t knock the color — it’s a sign it’s good for you! Chlorophyll helps balance your body’s acidity, which can help prevent inflammation and acidosis. It also cleanses the digestive tract and nourishes the body on a cellular level. If you workout, the anti-inflammatory powers are also great for nourishing those hard, overworked muscles too.
Need some recipes to get you inspired?
Here are three fabulous spirulina recipes I love and think you might too:
Do you use spirulina? Have a favorite recipe? Feel free to share!
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