Under the Sea: The Many Health Benefits of Blue-Green Algae!

When you think of algae, you usually imagine a slimy, off-putting, plant-like organism. Most people wouldn’t think twice about the cyanobacteria and all of the potential health benefits that it has but the wellness world has caught wind of this salt and fresh water superfood and is consuming it in a variety of ways. The most popular is blue-green algae, which has a number of different types – chlorella, spirulina, and AFA. These algaes have tons of minerals, carotenoids, vitamins, anti-oxidants and nutrients like iron, zinc, and selenium. One of the most important components of blue-green algae is the amount of chlorophyll that they contain. Chlorophyll is the substance in plants that turns them green, which means that these plants are excellent photosynthesizers. Photosynthesis is crucial for plants to be able to convert sugars into energy and chlorphyll in our systems aid as a very powerful anti-oxidant. Research has come to show that these algaes have a long list of benefits: anti-inflammatory, heart health, extracting heavy metals and toxins, gut health, and skin health. There are different forms of the algae you can consume from a fine powder, to tablets, to a tincture. My go-to choice is Spirulina Pacifics by¬† Nutrex. I buy it in a finely powdered form that is easy to add into smoothies, on top of salads, in desserts, or in teas. Spirulina is usually consumed by the teaspoon but the taste of spirulina is strong so if adding it into the diet is difficult, this brand also sells in tablet form for easy consumption. Supplementing isn’t for everyone but I find that adding spirulina into my food ensures a boost in energy, digestion, and overall well being. Here’s a really fun latte recipe that uses Spirulina:

Spirulina Latte - Golubka Kitchen

Colorful Spirulina Latte!

 

 

 

 

 

*Source: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-29559/this-oceanic-superfood-is-everywhere-but-is-it-actually-good-for-you.html

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