Spirulina is one of nature’s most vibrant and nutrient-dense superfoods. You can’t miss its beautiful dark green color, and you can’t ignore all the health benefits spirulina offers.
If you are looking for a new superfood to add to your diet, here are five ways adding spirulina to your diet may improve your health.
What is Spirulina?
First, let’s take a look at what spirulina is. Spirulina, aka blue green algae is an algae that is grown in fresh and saltwater, and is incredibly nutrient-dense. It’s packed full of nutritional value from its vitamin A content, to its rich source of plant-based protein. Spirulina makes an excellent addition to a healthy diet.
5 Ways Adding Spirulina to Your Diet May Help Improve Health
#1 Boost Your Protein Intake: If you are looking for a high-quality protein source, consider adding spirulina to your daily smoothie. It’s rich in plant-based protein and can be easily blended into a smoothie or added to a homemade juice.
#2 Rich in Antioxidants: Spirulina is also incredibly rich in antioxidants to help fight off free radical damage in the body and help promote overall health. It’s rich in phycocyanin, which is the antioxidant that gives spirulina its vibrant green color and also what gives spirulina its anti-inflammatory properties. (1)
#3 Spirulina For Blood Sugar Balance: A study found that spirulina supplementation may be beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes to help control blood sugar levels and triglyceride levels. (2)
#4 Reduce High Cholesterol
Another big reason to consider adding spirulina to your diet is to help support healthy cholesterol levels. A study found that spirulina may be able to help reduce high cholesterol levels. (3) Supporting healthy cholesterol levels is an important part of supporting cardiovascular health.
#5 May Help Reduce Allergy Symptoms
If you suffer from regular allergy symptoms, you may want to sprinkle some spirulina into your smoothies or favorite beverage. Spirulina may be a great natural supplement option to help reduce symptoms while supporting overall health at the same time. (4)
How to Add Spirulina to Your Diet
Ready to add this superfood to your diet? Here are five ways to enjoy spirulina.
- Blended into a smoothie
- Added to an acai bowl
- Added to a homemade green juice
- Whisked into your morning cup of coffee
- Add to homemade energy bites
Here’s a superfood smoothie recipe to help you start including some spirulina into your diet.
Blueberry Superfood Smoothie
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ½ tsp. Spirulina
- 1 serving of the Magnificent Mushrooms Brain Blend
- 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds
- 1 Tbsp. raw honey
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.