From Aztec fuel, to your smoothie
Spirulina is an ancient food that was consumed by the Aztecs, they knew it as “tecuital”, and they baked it into cakes. Today this vibrant blue-green algae is grown in fresh and salt waters in places such as Australia, China and Hawaii.
The alage is dried out, and ground up into a highly nutritious powder which can be mixed into water, juices, smoothies and you can even bake with it. The culinary uses are nearly as diverse as it’s health benefits.
Green Magic: The benefits of spirulina
Spirulina is one of the foods that is lauded as a “superfood”, and one that we believe to be most deserving on that accolade. The most striking thing about spirulina is the vivid shade of green. The green colour indicates the presence of chlorophyll which aids in ”detxification” by helping to transport heavy metals and other pollutants out of the body. It can also have an alkalising effect on the body, which is fantastic for liver function.
This mysterious powder is source of complete protein, containing all 9 essential ammino acids. Protein is vital for energy and repair. It is also known to be an immunity booster. Spirulina is a potent source of antioxidants which fight free radicals in the body, and can improve overall cellular function. It is also considered to be antimicrobial. This means that that it may have the ability to fight off infection and diseases The antioxidants in spirulina have been shown to have an antiinflamatory effect, and protect against stress induced inflammation.
Already spiruliana has proven itself to be next superfood on your “to take” list, but theres one last suprisng nutrient: gamma linoleic acid. The only other place you could get that is from mother’s breastmilk, and it has immense anti-inflammatory effects.