The Greenest Superfood of Them All!
This form of algae is one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet, with spirulina containing the highest concentration of protein, anywhere between 65% to 71% depending on the variety consumed. Across the world, at least 35 varieties grow in various waterways and lakes, all helping to sustain the food chain. Its green and blue colour comes from chlorophyll and the pigment phycocyanin. Spirulina grows in warm alkaline lakes where the algae is safe and free of contamination from other organisms. It is farmed to ensure it’s quality mostly in Hawaii and China, where it can grow quickly as one of the most ecological and sustainable foods in the world.
It is known that two civilisations enjoyed spirulina in particular; the people of Mexico City in South America and those living in the area of Lake Chad in Africa. Evidence has been discovered that algae was one of the first foods consumed by man, with the Aztecs and Incans harvesting and eating this raw algae. Aztecs gave spirulina to athletes and warriors for additional strength and endurance. Currently, some tribes in Africa use algae for sustenance and the Chinese using it in their medicine for centuries.
Spirulina is one of the most researched superfoods and it has been analysed by experts for decades. Papers and evidence are available to support all of it’s health claims, with many retail producers and supplement companies have commissioned many scientific papers regarded this green algae.
Along with it’s high quantity of protein, spirulina it is a complete protein source containing all eight essential amino acids with a total of eighteen in total. These come in a form which is much more digestible than in meat; beef being 20% assailable. It contains vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B6, E and K along with trace minerals including iron, magnesium and zinc. The pigment, phycocyanin is known to stimulate the production of stem cells and is a beneficial antioxidant. A fact that sometimes ignored is that spirulina is the best source of gamma-linolenic (GLA) which is an excellent anti-inflammatory essential fatty acid which is needed for a good nervous system. It is the only green food rich in this EFA.
To use this nutritious algae, it can be added to superfood smoothies, kombuchas, juices, raw chocolate and salads. It is advised to start to use a ¼ teaspoon and adjust to personal taste or purpose, as spirulina can be overpowering if too much is used.
After some experimenting, you will discover how spiriulina can have a positive effect upon the body in comparison to other protein sources such as animal protein, fruits and vegetables.