A Vegan Guide To Spirulina
From adding a scoop of spirulina powder to your daily smoothie to taking it as a supplement, a daily dose of this ultra-green goodness could do your body wonders. Especially if you’re on a plant-based diet.
What is spirulina?
Spirulina is an organism that grows in salt and freshwater. It’s a cyanobacterium, which is part of a family of single-celled microbes, also called blue-green algae and as cyanobacteria, spirulina is technically neither plant nor animal.
As well as a hugely popular nutritional supplement, it’s also used to feed aquaculture like farmed fish or fish that live in aquariums.
Spirulina’s health benefits
Spirulina’s nutritional profile is off the spectrum. It’s packed to the brim with a little bit of everything, making a great case for its superfood-status. It contains between 55-70% Protein, 10-25% Carbohydrates and 5-20% Fat and well as a multitude of micronutrients like vitamin B1, 2 and 3, copper, iron, magnesium and manganese.
Its believed health benefits include:
- Strong antioxidant properties
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced symptoms from allergies
- Lowered ‘bad’ cholesterol
Why is spirulina especially good for vegans?
Spirulina has a very high protein and vitamin content which make it an excellent supplement for anyone on a plant-based diet.
How to incorporate spirulina into your vegan diet
There are loads of easy ways to add spirulina to your existing diet. Adding a spoonful to smoothies or juices is a great way to have a spirulina-boost first thing in the morning. It can be added to soups and salads or simply taken in supplement form that’s easiest for you.
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by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.