Despite being one of the most complete nutrients on the planet, Spirulina is still relatively unknown.
Also known as Arthrospira Platensis, this microscopic blue green algae can be taken in supplement form (tablets or powder) to provide you with a surprisingly abundant array of nutrients despite its tiny size!
Spirulina is 60-70% protein (80-95% digestible) and includes all 20 amino acids required by the human body, thus making it complete. It is also an excellent source of many other nutrients including EFA’s (essential fatty acids) iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamin B complex. Being a rich source of beta-carotenes including a mixture of 10 carotenoids makes it efficient at reducing free radicals and enhancing antioxidant protection.
As well as being of benefit to fitness enthusiasts by increasing stamina and supporting lean muscle development, it is highly beneficial to health in fighting deficiencies, preventing disease and promoting overall well-being. Spirulina is high in iron helping us to avoid one of the most common deficiencies in humans with ~500-600 million people worldwide suffering from anaemia and more from iron deficiency. It is also a great source of vitamin B12 which is essential for brain function and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) which is used to treat malnourished individuals due to its effectiveness in helping the body to absorb nutrients.
To get nutrient content from other food sources equivalent to 9g of Spirulina, you would need to eat:
500g Spinach – just to get equivalent iron intake!
~18 carrots – just to get equivalent beta-carotene!
3 glasses of milk – equivalent calcium content!
If you are looking for a health-promoting supplement which will increase immunity and improve digestive health while enhancing training sessions and supporting lean muscle development then look no further!