Having Spirulina every day can make a huge difference to your ability to fend off diseases & ailments, especially as you age.
Spirulina is not a seaweed, but a bacteria that grows in warm & sunny climates in bodies of fresh/blackish water. It has some affinity to the algae world in that it’s chlorophyll-rich and nourishes itself through photosynthesis. It also shows similar nutritional qualities to seaweed: it’s a complete food, very concentrated in nutrients and contains unique health-giving compounds.
The Aztec people were fond of Spirulina, they used to collect large quantities and dry it as cakes. It became popular again in the ’70s, mostly as a supplement to strengthen the immune system and correct malnutrition. Since then, research has built a body of knowledge that’s given us a better understanding of its benefits.
Spirulina has a distinctive colour and taste. For most of us, it is a food that takes a bit of getting used to: your palate learns to enjoy it as you use it. Depending on individual palate, Spirulina has a taste that is perceived to range from savoury, nutty to fishy – to some people the flavour is off-putting – a lot depends on what your taste buds are used to. Also beware, its strong pigmentation will take over and change the colour of what you are adding it to. But it’s well worth the effort because the benefits are important.
Starting with Spirulina
One gets used to Spirulina by starting with small quantities and increase over time.
A “beginner dose” of Spirulina powder is up to 1 teaspoon (3-5 grams, approx. ) per day, while a “normal dose” is 1-2 teaspoons per day (6-10 grams).
A “therapeutic dose” is generally considered to be one tablespoon per day.
Add a small spoonful of the green powder to a glass of water /juice, or to a smoothie is the easiest/traditional way is to consume it. If you have a sensitive palate, look for good flavour combinations. Sweet fruits like bananas, pineapple, and mango balance Spirulina’s savoury earthiness well in a smoothie; sweet orange or pineapple juice will also offset Spirulina’s savoury-ness in a juice. Do not try it on its own, it would be like eating a spoonful of flour.
There are many other ways to consume Spirulina if you find it hard to take in a drink. Here are some to try:
- Make a spread for crackers or toasts or bliss balls!
- Make an ‘Aztec’ seasoning mix: 2 tsp each of cumin, paprika & chilli powder. Add 2 tbsp of Spirulina and sprinkle over Mexican dishes, oven roasted potatoes or popcorn!
- Use it with matcha (green tea) in a cheesecake
- Look at our Spirulina Recipe Brochure for inspiration: snacks, pesto, raw crackers, and more.
Health Benefits of Spirulina:
Spirulina has been studied extensively for its health benefits, among them:
- helps prevent the annoying sniffling and sneezing of allergies,
- reinforces the immune system & encourages the growth of healthy bacterial flora in your gut to keep candida overgrowth under control
- helps balance high blood pressure and cholesterol, protects from cancer.
- An excellent source of plant based protein so very useful if you are vegetarian or vegan.
Disclaimer: This material is provided for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This information is generic and should be verified by a qualified health practitioner for specific and individual needs & requirements.