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7 surprising benefits of Spirulina

7 surprising benefits of Spirulina by Emma Nutrition

Spirulina is a blue-green algae found in the sea. Its closest food relative is oysters. While I love the benefits of oysters the texture is only something I can handle every now and then, whereas Spirulina I can enjoy every day….and its not quite as intense as downing an oyster 😉

1. Vitamin B12 – Spirulina is a superfood that combines maximum nutritional value within the smallest calorie and consumption volume necessary. In fact just one teaspoon of spirulina provides 7 times more Vitamin 12 than mackerel and is higher than the densest Vitamin B12 containing food of clams. Vitamin B12 is used for loads of complex reactions in the body; avoiding fatigue and pernicious anaemia.

2. Full of fibre – Fibre helps us to feel fuller for longer as well as acting like a gentle brush in the intestines cleaning out debris of food that is undigested and fermenting (in a bad way). If you are finding it difficult to eat enough vegetables then you can try Spirulina for a fibre packed health kick. It provides one fourteenth of your daily requirement of fibre in an easy to consume supplement. Some people claim it helps with weight loss too.

3. Calcium – Spirulina contains more Calcium than milk. In fact it contains twice the amount that milk does. 100gm of Spirulina contains 220mg of Calcium whereas 100gm/ml of milk contains 120mg of Calcium. Sardines with bones and almonds are the only foods that contain more Calcium than Spirulina.

4. Protein – Spirulina contains more protein than most foods! Of course we wouldn’t gorge ourselves on spirulina steaks but it’s useful to know that we can get some of our daily protein requirements from it. While eggs contain 12 gm of protein per 100gm, Spirulina contains a whopping 56gm per 100gm.

5. Iron – higher than any other food in Iron Spirulina packs a punch on the Iron stakes. Another natural source of highly absorbable Iron is Spatone iron supplements. Adding both of these to your diet will ensure you have enough minerals for high energy and metabolism.

6. Zinc – important for fertility, sexual health and skin healing Zinc is the ultimate mojo-rejuvenating mineral. Spirulina contains twice as much Zinc as spinach but much less than oysters. Oysters are, after all, the ultimate love food!

7. Potassium – the most important electrolyte for athletes as well as after illness and for low carb dieters too. Potassium is an essential mineral. With nearly twice as much Potassium as a banana, the potassium in Spirulina can help to maintain electrolyte balance and prevent high blood pressure.

FYI I find its more palatable in warm (not hot) water than cold. These are the best blends I’ve found. 


Have you tried Spirulina? How did you find the taste of it?

Image courtesy of CCRES


RECIPE: Lemon & Green Juice Morning Kickstarter

If you’re looking for a quick and easy get up and go juice then you have to try this one! It’s easy, zingy, refreshing and massively detoxifying. If you’re after a detox click the box on the right there for your free guide.

You’ll need a basic blender, or a fancy one if you prefer 🙂 Lemon Kickstarter

1 whole peeled lemon
Celery x 1 stalk
Cucumber x 3 inches chopped
Ginger x 2cm – fresh is best
Pear x 1
200ml water

Place in blender and blend for a minute or so. If it doesn’t blend you can add some water or turn it off and bash it around a little with the end of a rolling pin or a spoon.

Nutrition notes:
Drinking this every morning will set you up for the day whether you are detoxing or not. The lemon’s contain citric acid, the phytonutrient tangeretin, vitamin c and limonene. It also has sour and pungent properties that stimulate digestive enzyme release. Amongst lemon’s health benefits are its detox properties such as bile stimulation and antioxidant status. Lemons are also antibacterial. By juicing vegetables we release the nutrients so that they are readily absorbed into the bloodstream without being subject to the digestive processes; the fibre that remains in blended (vs juiced) vegetables also stabilises blood sugar.