Yes, spirulina is good for you in so many ways other than taste.
We have a saying here at Super Cubes, “You haven’t lived until you have tried the Spirulina Powder Whistle Challenge”.
This involves putting a heaped teaspoon of spirulina in your mouth, having a few chews and then trying to whistle and some even say this is why spirulina was added to some of the Super Cubes formulas in the first place.
It was an easy way of getting spirulina into your diet without having to spoon mix it in a glass of water and then try to chug it down.
If you have tried spirulina powder before, you will know what we are talking about.
And if you haven’t tried it yet in its natural powder form, make sure to put it at the top of your bucket list because it certainly is life changing!
And now back to answering some questions, are there any health benefits from adding spirulina into your daily nutrition plan?
Read on below and you will find out.
Does spirulina have any health benefits?
Spirulina has a long list of health benefits and the peer reviewed research studies have grown enormously in number too over the years as many more people are realising how good spirulina maybe for your health.
This super food has had a long history with some of the earliest recordings of its use dating back to the 16th century and before with the Aztecs and others using it.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows mainly in fresh water at moderate temperatures with plentiful sunlight.
These days (although it is still harvested naturally), it is farmed in ponds to be used for food and also farmed to be used in supplements.
- High in nutrients
- High in antioxidants
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Helps with lowering cholesterol
- Assists with reduction of blood pressure
- Helps with allergies
- Vitamins and minerals
- Helps with blood sugar control
- Assists in detoxing the body
- High alkaline food
High in nutrients
Like many other similar ingredients, spirulina is brimming full of nutrients and it contains many vitamins, minerals and of course, a high level of protein to boot.
Spirulina’s level of protein usually sits above the 50% level mark and it accommodates all of the essential amino acids.
It also contains quite high levels of the B vitamins (as you will see below) along with worthy amounts of magnesium, potassium, iron and more.
Combine this with low calories, low carbohydrate and a small amount of good fats and you have almost a complete super food.
High in antioxidants
Antioxidants are a line of defence against free radicals that may harm your body over time and generally it’s fruit and vegetables we get our daily antioxidant dose from.
In this case spirulina is jam packed with phycocyanin which not only benefits the antioxidant level, it also gives spirulina its bluish green colouring.
This component of spirulina may help with the fighting of free radicals and also help with inflammation too.
Helps with lowering cholesterol
Spirulina may also help with the lowering of cholesterol in user’s various studies have shown.
Cholesterol at normal levels is good for your health, it’s when your cholesterol levels are higher that you may have more risk of developing problems.
Spirulina (when supplemented) has natural benefits associated with reducing cholesterol levels over time.
So being aware and making the right diet, exercise and lifestyle choices may help to keep your cholesterol levels in check. The power is in your hands.
Nutrient levels of spirulina
As we have discussed above, spirulina is packed with nutrients in many different areas.
One of the stand outs is its protein levels which are pretty high for some algae that grows at the bottom of lakes and waterways.
It must be good for you as NASA has run a study on spirulina too evaluating its use for space in terms of yield, growth rate and also nutrient concentrations.
Here are the nutrient levels in spirulina for you, these are based on the dried powder values you would usually find in 100 grams of powder.
Total fat 7.72g
Vitamin C 10.1mg
Vitamin B6 0.364mg
Vitamin A 29µg
Vitamin E 5mg
Vitamin K 25.5
Why use spirulina in Super Cubes?
After reading the above and maybe checking out a few of the links too you’d have a fair idea already on why we would choose to use spirulina in our frozen smoothie cube formulas.
Other than hiding the delightfully naturally organic taste of spirulina (that keeps on giving well after you consume it by itself), it’s more about the health benefits that were a winner in our eyes.
The way spirulina enriches our formulas with its nutritional values is a big plus too.
So make sure to check out our Super cubes range and remember, keep a few extra in the freezer just in case of emergency. You never know when a friend will turn up unannounced.
Then you can amaze them by knocking up a quick healthy smoothie each to sip on while talking about your next trip away!