Spirulina

Spirulina is a single celled blue-green algae which is classified as a wholefood due to its complete and diverse nutrient complex. Spirulina contains all eight essential amino acids that cannot be made in the body. This makes it a good alternative protein source for Vegans. Spirulina is also a good non-animal source of vitamin B12 which is often lacking in Vegetarian and Vegan diets. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and iron.

 

Nutritional Benefits

Vitamin B12

  • Contributes to normal red blood cell formation
  • Contributes to normal cell division
  • Maintains normal immune system health
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Aids in a reduction in fatigue
Vitamin B6
  • Maintains normal immune system function
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Contributes to a reduction of fatigue
  • Maintains normal protein and glycogen metabolism
  • Contributes to hormone regulation
  • Maintains healthy skin and hair
Calcium
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Contributes to normal muscle function
  • Maintenance of normal teeth and bones
  • Contributes to cell specialisation and division
Magnesium
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Helps to maintain normal muscle function
  • Contributes to protein synthesis and cell division
  • Maintains normal hormonal health
Iron
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Aids in the reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • Contributes to red blood cell and haemoglobin formation and the transport of oxygen around the body
  • Contributes to normal immune system function
  • Helps maintain normal cognitive function

     

    Risks and Side Effects

    Can have slight undesirable taste, though this can easily by masked when incorporated into foods or drinks.

       

      Uses

      Spirulina should be consumed as part of a balanced diet.
      Spirulina can be added to both drinks and foods.

         

        Spirulina products we have available can be found here.

        Recipes using spirulina can be found here.

         

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