Spirulina is an algae grown in Alkaline Fresh water with sunlight. It is similar to seaweeds such as nori, dulse, and chlorophyll. Out of these Spirulina happens to be the most digestible. Spirulina derives from the Latin word for 'helix' or 'spiral' because of its spring-like physical characteristic under a microscope. Its scientific name is Arthrospira platensis, and it belongs to the cyanobacteria family. Spirals have played an important part in our lives for centuries. A famous mathematician Jacob Bernoulli once said “Because our miraculous curve always in its changes remains constantly the same and identical in type, it can be regarded as the symbol of fortitude and constancy in adversity: or even of the resurrection of our flesh after various changes and at length after death itself.” In Fact Bernoulli has the Latin motto “Eadem mutata resurgo” (“Changed and yet the same, I rise again.”) carved around a spiral on his tombstone. Like its shape Spirulina has been around for billions of years and is one of the oldest life forms on Earth. In 1974, the U.N. at the World Food Conference in Rome announced Spirulina to be a valuable resource in combating malnutrition.
Spirulina supports healthy brain and heart function. Spirulina has 18 amino acids including the essential 8 which makes it a super protein food. Spirulina is packed with nutritional minerals like protein, B12, chlorophyll, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and potassium. The chlorophyll in spirulina is similar to the hemoglobin (blood) in the human body, making it beneficial to people who are anemic. Uses for spirulina include vitality, muscle building, bone support, regulate blood sugar, reduces inflammation, calming of nerves, blood purifier, and overall protectant of toxins. Being a vegan I find adding spirulina to my post workout smoothies really helps me replenish. This is my favorite green smoothie because I instantly feel energy when I drink it!!!
Since the early 1900’s In the Lake Chad region of the continent of Africa Spirulina is sifted off the top of the lake, then sun dried and sold as cakes call “Dihe.” Natives would use it as a staple for many of their meals. Popular forms of spirulina are Flakes, Powders, tablets, and capsules. Flakes are easily added to salads or other dishes. My favorite powder can easily be added to your favorite smoothie, fresh juice, or energy drink. You can find spirulina at most health and natural food stores. Due to global pollution and radiation it is important to look for natural organic certified spirulina. Search, check, and double check everything.
Spirulina is safe for all walks of life from 6months of age to a pregnant mother. I have two children a 5 year old boy and a 2 year old girl; and have been mixing spirulina, moringa, and Irish moss in their bottles since the age of 5months. My 5 year old loves his “Hulk super hero “ spirulina drink! He asks for it before he goes to karate, soccer, or baseball. He believes it give him an advantage and telepathic powers. So whether you need help balance your body’s mineral deficiency, looking for a more digestible plant protein, or just want more energy. Look to add Spirulina to your diet. As you can see, it can serve as a potent "super food." Just remember to do your research and arm yourself with knowledge. It is the best way to take control of your health!