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June 13, 2018
Spirulina is actually cyanobacteria that grows within warm alkaline lakes and is otherwise known as ‘blue, green algae’. The species of Spirulina that we consume is scientifically called Arthrospira Platensis – which sounds pretty cool right? Well this is actually one of the most nutrient rich foods available to us on the planet and has even be used in space for astronauts!
Spirulina has actually been used for hundreds of years and was first recorded as a food source by the Aztecs in the 16th century. Since then, more and more research has been undertaken into its nutritional value and how it can be used to benefit both humans and animals.
The most significant finding surrounding Spirulina was in 1974 by the World Health Organisation who described Spirulina as; “an interesting food for multiple reasons, rich in iron and protein and is able to be administered to children without ay risk”. They also considered it as a “very suitable food”, which eventually led to the United Nations establishing the use of Spirulina for cases of Malnutrition.
Since then, Spirulina has grown in popularity within the health industry in particular and continues to be investigated for its dietary support properties. Currently, it is being assessed whether it could be used for long-term space missions to Mars!
Well the Spirulina that we are all familiar with is known as a ‘blue, green algae’ because its pigment is actually blue. Our Blue Spirulina powder is a chemical free extract of Spirulina, which shows its stunning blue pigment. The best thing about the Blue Spirulina is that it has a completely neutral taste, so can easily be added to your recipes without overpowering the flavour!
Our Blue Spirulina powder is very nutrient-dense and is particularly high in Iron.
Iron can contribute to many things relating to our health and wellbeing, and it is a very important element to include in our diet! The most common health problem relating to Iron is Iron-Deficiency Anaemia, which is where our body does not have enough red blood cells or haemoglobin, making us feel extremely tired, weak and have shortness of breath. To overcome this illness, many people are prescribed Iron tablets and advised to include more nutritious food into their diets.
I actually suffered with Anaemia on and off for a few years because of my diagnosis with Coeliac Disease. This is very common for people like me, as our small intestine has been so damaged by gluten; it takes a long time to repair. This can mean our body struggles to absorb vital nutrients that we need in order to feel fit and healthy! Eating a well-balanced diet with plenty nutrient-rich foods, protein, vegetables, and of course Iron, is how I overcame the effects of anaemia and I have now been nearly 2 years free of the disease!
There are many health benefits associated with Iron which include:
Well, the choice really is yours with how you want to use Blue Spirulina; the powder is very light, so a little goes a long way! Because of its very neutral taste, it can easily be added to anything from; smoothies, ice cream, yoghurt, baking, lattes and even cocktails! And of course, it will turn anything blue, which is definitely a showstopper if you want to impress your guests with a homemade cocktail (like a real cocktail making pro!!). And to people’s surprise, this powder is not an artificial colorant, it is 100% NATURAL!
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