The Super-Food: Spirulina

The Super-Food: Spirulina

 

Today we want to talk about the superfood, Spirulina.

Spirulina is microscopic, spiral-shaped, vegetable bacteria (blue-green algae). There are several different types, with the most common being used as nutritional supplements: Spirulina platensis and Spirulina maxima. Spirulina grows naturally in a few alkaline lakes around the world and has been harvested for thousands of years. The Aztecs & Mayans harvested it from lakes in Central and South American regions, and it is still grown and harvested in the wilds of Chad (Central Africa).

Did you know, spirulina contains as much calcium as milk, 15x more vitamin A than a carrot, 3x the iron as a sirloin steak, 2.5x vitamin B12 as a calves’ liver and 3.7x more potassium than rice? Spirulina contains the most remarkable concentration of nutrients known in any food, plant, grain or herb. Spirulina has the highest protein of food which is over 60% of all the digestible vegetable protein. Most notably, spirulina is 65 to 71% complete protein, with all essential amino acids in perfect balance. In comparison, beef is only 22% protein. Isn’t that amazing? Being high in antioxidants such as Vitamin E, and ferredoxin, spirulina will store safely for years if kept air and watertight. Talk about ‘bang for your buck’! Another interesting note is that 9% of the carbohydrates in Spirulina is a rare sugar known as rhamnose. Rhamnose is more biologically active than other sugars because it combines more readily with other nutrients. Unlike sucrose, it does not upset the blood sugar balance or overwork the pancreas.

If you are still hesitant of this phenomenal superfood, let us list some of the benefits known to it.

• Encouraging weight loss

• Counteracting toxins in the body

• Helping purify the liver

• Increasing mental alertness

• Lowering blood cholesterol and excess triglycerides

• Helping fight viral infections

• Treating radiation sickness

• Enhancing ability to generate new blood cells

• Improving blood sugar problems

• Strengthening the nervous system

• Strengthening the immune system

• Removing toxic metals such as lead and mercury from the body

• Improving healing of wounds

To reference sources, please visit www.spirulina-benefits-health.com, for a more in-depth look at where these benefit claims come from and their appropriated studies.

So now that you know a little bit more about spirulina, we thought we’d share our favorite recipes using spirulina powder!

  1. Avocado, spirulina guacamole
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 teaspoon of Spirulina powder
  • ¼ onion
  • ¼ jalapeno
  • ¼ tomato
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

  1. Spirulina coconut ice cream
  • 1 can of coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup of agave or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa nibs

 

  1. Spirulina Pesto
  • 1 cup pine nuts, very lightly toasted
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 handfuls fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder

YUM! Aren’t you excited to try those? To end this great talk about spirulina, we want to let you know that Prairie Naturals Organic Spirulina powder is on sale until June 30th, so now is the perfect time to pick up yours, try out the recipes and reap the benefits for yourself! For any more information, visit us in store or give us a call at (780) 453 – 1313.

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