#Spirulina offers lots of #protein for #vegans and vegetarians. It is also full of important antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
Moreover, it contains twice the amount of nutrients than five servings of fresh #fruits and #vegetables.
According to experts, it is actually a cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae. Spirulina is named after its strong color. Most of its pigments are bio available and healthy, especially beta-carotene and chlorophyll-a.
Spirulina is made up from almost 60% protein, and is a great alternative for meat protein sources. Nutritionists say that it is one of the few plants that contain vitamin B12.
As you may know, vegans lack this vitamin in their diet. Spirulina contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, DHA (one of the major constituents of the brain) and GLA which decreases inflammation. These healthy lipids have many important roles in the body.
Gram-per-gram spirulina contains:
100% more beta-carotene (vitamin A) than carrots
500% more iron than spinach
600% more proteins than tofu
280% more antioxidants than blueberries
Blue-green algae contain vitamins B 1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamide), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), C, D and E.
It is an excellent source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and metal zinc.
Additional medicinal properties:
Stimulates the immune system
Regulates blood pressure
Stimulates the good bacteria in the gut
Reduces the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration due to age
Has a strong anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial potential
It offers great antiviral activity against HIV, herpes and hepatitis
Strengthens insulin resistance
Helps prevent liver damage caused by chemotherapy drugs