Repost @ugly_by_nature Spirulina was first thought to be the green miracle powder of the sea, and the secret weapon of Aztecs.
Today we know that spirulina offers tons of protein for #vegans and vegetarians. It’s also packed with important antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.
Moreover, it contains twice as much nutrients as 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables.
So, what makes spirulina this special?
It’s actually a cyanobacteria or a blue-green #algae as experts explain. Spirulina got its name after its bright color. Most of its pigments are bioavailable and healthy, especially beta-carotene and chlorophyll-a.
Algae produces oxygen through photosynthesis, which makes it pretty similar to land-dwelling plants. It’s also packed with many beneficial #nutrients.
Spirulina is almost 60% #protein, and it’s an excellent alternative to meat proteins sources. Nutritionists say that it’s one of the very few plant sources of vitamin B-12.
As you may now, #vegetarians lack this vitamin in their diet. Spirulina contains ALA, (omega-3), LA (omega-6), GLA (reduces inflammation), and DHA (main component of brain). These healthy lipids carry many important roles.
Gram-per-gram #spirulina contains:
3,100% more beta-carotene (vitamin A) than carrots
5,500% more iron than spinach
280% more antioxidants than blueberries
The blue-green algae contains vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamine), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), C, D, and E.
It’s an excellent source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, and zinc.