Spirulina was used centuries ago by the Aztecs according to Spanish records from the conquistadors—it grew in Lake Texcoco, Mexico, where the Aztecs called it tecuilati. European explorers observed locals near Africa’s Lake Chad using it as food. In our modern era, spirulina has gained the attention of NASA scientists, who have used it as a wholesome nutritional supplement for astronauts in outer space.
Spirulina is considered a superfood by many. Spirulina contains a complete source of protein, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. In addition, spirulina has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. For those attempting to maximize their nutritional status, adding spirulina is a good place to start.
Health Benefits of Spirulina
Spirulina acts as a prebiotic and helps the growth of other beneficial bacteria in the gut. Spirulina contains chlorophyll, which helps alkalinize (optimize pH levels) the body. Studies show that Spirulina can be used for allergy reduction, cholesterol and blood pressure reduction, arthritis, diabetes and to detoxify your body.
Spirulina and Hemp Protein Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
- 1 organic banana
- 1 tablespoon spirulina powder
- 3 tablespoons Hemp Protein
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1 huge handful spinach
- 1 teaspoon organic maca powder
- 1 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
- a few sprinkles of cinnamon
- crushed ice
- Blend and Enjoy!