Amongst all the other vitamins and supplements out there, you may have seen a curious green powder popping up in your local supermarkets or health foods stores lately. If so, that vibrant powder is likely something called spirulina.
You may have heard the name before, as it has become a pretty popular nutritional supplement lately, but what exactly is this mysterious green stuff? Should you be eating it? What can it do for your health? Are there any side effects or health implications? All these questions will be demystified today as I explain exactly what spirulina is, and how can it affect your health…
1. What is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae found in the wild in warm lakes and oceans. It is rich in many beneficial vitamins and essential nutrients, which is why it has become such a popular superfood. Spirulina is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids plus ten times the amount of beta carotin found in carrots.
Spirulina can be found throughout various parts of the world, but because of it’s dramatic growth in popularity as a dietary supplement, it is now being cultivated in places like China, Australia, and Hawaii. This marvellous little microalgae is actually considered among the world’s oldest food sources. Aztec people consumed it in Mexico in the 16th century and spirulina was reportedly consumed by the people of Chad over a thousand years ago.