Spirulina is a blue-green algae plant that provides the body with immense health benefits! It is harvested from lakes in warmer climates such as China, Thailand, India, Africa, Mexico, Hawaii, and South America. However, it is being locally grown and utilized. It is available in powder, fresh, or in tablet form. It does not matter what form you take it; the health benefits of spirulina makes it the best nutrient-dense food source. However, you should keep in mind that the organic form of spirulina is always the preferred choice as others can be contaminated or have nitrate compounds as additives.
One setback is that it does not have the most pleasant flavor. But not to worry, there is always a solution for every problem. I will let you in on the secrets that will help you get the best from this powerful superfood!
Simple Options on How to Take Spirulina
Option 1 – Take 3000 mg dose of spirulina tablets every morning with breakfast. The recommended or standard dosage of spirulina is 3000 mg, but you may discuss with your health care provider. Depending on your current health, he or she will tell you the exact dosage that will benefit the most.
Option 2 – Mix one to two teaspoonfuls of spirulina powder with your yogurt, juice, or smoothies. As earlier stated, spirulina has a not too pleasant taste so combining it with your smoothie will help to reduce its bitter taste.
Spirulina should be taken at least one hour if you consume coffee, soft drinks, or alcohol. Caution: Adding these beverages can still destroy its enzymes and nutrients.
Categories of people who can use Spirulina:
Pregnant – It was revealed in a study that spirulina helps to protect the unborn from cadmium, which is a toxic heavy metal found in cigarettes, grain cereal products, potatoes, and some leafy vegetables that had been grown in contaminated soil or water.
Despite the promising results of another study that was performed on rodents, human volunteers who were healthy, and those who had existing medical conditions; there has not been enough supporting research or testing in pregnant or breastfeeding women according to a statement published by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. If you are pregnant, your physician may recommend that you avoid this supplement.
Seniors – A published research showed that spirulina was effective in counteracting certain conditions associated with aging such as anemia and immune function.
Weight Management – In a clinical trial published by the Department of Internal Diseases, Metabolic Disorders and Hypertension, University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland, concluded that, “Three months of regular consumption of Spirulina maxima not only improves BMI and weight but also results in improvements in blood pressure and endothelial function spirulina in overweight patients with hypertension but lacking evidence of cardiovascular disease.”
Athletes – Are you a fan of athletic activities? Do you crave the need for endurance, more stamina, recovery and better performance? If yes, spirulina is the best bet. Most athletes make use of spirulina as a supplement to enhance their endurance and also boost their performance. Furthermore, spirulina prevents athletes from over training by providing support for their immune system. Spirulina speeds up the rate of metabolism which in turn aids burning fat faster by the body. Through this process, the body reduces its dependence on carbs for energy.
The beautiful thing about spirulina is that it is a source of energy for athletes according to a research published by the American College of Sports Medicine. During workouts or exercise, the primary cause of muscle fatigue is the build-up of toxins, but as stated earlier, to every problem there is a solution. Spirulina prevents the buildup of toxic free radicals in the muscles during training. The recommended dosage of spirulina for athletes is 30 grams per day. It is easily digestible and can be taken before or during a competition. Taking a few tablets after the contest will promote fast recovery.
Sadly, there are many brands that are on the market that is grown in contaminated areas containing high levels of metal or unsafe bacteria. Low-quality spirulina products can harm your health. Always research the source. Purchase products from a company you know, or heard from someone. The manufacturer must provide their products details and contact information. If the prices are cheap, chances are their spirulina is not pure – fresh spirulina remains a dark green color with a flour-like consistency.
Heavy metal poisoning lies on where the algae are grown and how it is harvested. Even though metal toxicity is rare, this is one of the main reasons for going with a reputable, high-quality brand. Inquire with the manufacturer and ask if their product was tested and ask for a copy of the results if needed.
Those with an autoimmune disease or phenylketonuria, (PKU) should seek a physician’s counsel before taking.
Reactions, allergies and stomach discomfort can occur with taking spirulina. Usually, these symptoms will go away by reducing the dosage amount or completely stop taking spirulina altogether.
Creating Food and Drinks with Spirulina
Have you tried creating meals with greens from the sea? Adding spirulina will create a delicious experience! Besides the health benefits, an addition of spirulina will also make your meals colorful.
Shakes and juices are very easy to prepare. The preparation doesn’t take time or much effort. Take one before training or for breakfast!
The Banana Island Spirulina Shake
3/4 Cup Watermelon, Frozen. (Pineapple can also be used)
1/2 Cup Non-Dairy Almond/Rice Milk
11/2 Frozen Bananas
1/2 Tsp Spirulina
Method: For a tropical spin, blend until it has a smooth consistency then sprinkle with some dried coconut or coconut milk.
The Go-Green Spirulina Juice:
2 Medium Sized Green Apples Sliced
1 Small Lime
1 Fresh Chopped Cucumber
1 Tbsp Spirulina Powder
Method: Put in the chopped apples and cucumber in the juicer. Get your lime and squeeze over the contents of the juicer. Blend until the consistency is smooth and add in the spirulina. Blend again.
Spirulina can be added to fresh salads also. Sprinkle spirulina over your fresh salad and get yourself energized.
The Green Delight Spirulina Salad:
1 Cup of Alfalfa
1/2 Cup of Fresh Basil
1/2 Cup of fresh Mint
2 Cups of Fresh Mixed Greens
1/2 Green Avocado Chopped
1 Cup Chopped Tomatoes
1/4 Cup of Raw Almonds
2 Teaspoons of Spirulina powder
Method: Get a bowl and break the mixed greens with your hands. Add in the raw almonds, chopped avocado, and diced tomatoes. Then finely chop the basil, and fresh mint then adds into the bowl. Get your spirulina and sprinkle over the salad. Mix with a teaspoon of olive oil.
You can also enjoy spirulina in impressive desserts. With the addition of spirulina, you get to enjoy a dessert filled with the nutrients needed by your body.
Sweet Spirulina and Sesame Balls: Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Tahini
1/2 Cup Almond Flour
1 Cup Raw Almonds
125 ml Organic Almond Paste
1/4 Sesame Seeds
1 Tbsp Spirulina Powder
Method: Roughly chop the nuts. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly, mix until it’s smooth. Make small handfuls of the mixture into balls and then roll them in a coat of sesame seeds. After that, line a baking tray with baking paper. Put the balls on the tray and refrigerate for one hour.