It may surprise you that pond-dwelling algae ranks as one of the healthiest foods available. Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae, found growing on the surface of oceans and salty lakes, that is becoming increasingly recognised for its plethora of health benefits. The unlikely food has been heavily studied and is featured in over 1,200 scientific articles analysing its health giving properties.
Spirulina is an abundant source of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, C, D, A and E. These nutrients have a huge array of roles within the body, including aiding immune function, cognitive function and nervous system health.
This algae ally can provide key minerals responsible for keeping us healthy and thriving. These include zinc as a powerful antioxidant, copper for the formation of collagen, magnesium for increased energy and calcium for bone health.
Antioxidants are essential for preventing DNA damage that can lead to health problems. Spirulina ranks at over 24,000 on the ORAC scale, making it four times as potent than blueberries in its antioxidant properties.
Spirulina has been shown to enable a 47% decrease in the toxic heavy metal arsenic in the body when combined with zinc.
Spirulina is abundant in chlorophyll, the pigment that gives plants their green appearance and aids them to absorb the light of the sun. It helps to balance hormones, heal wounds and normalises blood clotting. Chlorophyll can also help to nourish our red blood cells, vital for oxygen transportation in the body.