Many of us struggle to get all of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that we need on a daily basis through our diets alone, so are increasingly turning to supplements to help give our bodies a boost.
With so many supplements out there to choose from, it can be confusing to know which supplements you may benefit from, so I’m going to give a weekly factfile so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.
What is it?
Spirulina is a blue green algae found in the world’s oceans, and is one of nature’s best sources of vitamins, minerals and amino acids in a whole food.
What are the health benefits?
Spirulina is 65% vegetable protein, and is rich in beta carotene, vitamin B12 and Iron. For these reasons it is an excellent source of protein and amino acids for vegetarians and vegans, or anyone looking for a natural and complete source of protein.
It is also rich in antioxidants that can help to counteract the effects of toxins in the body, strengthening the immune system, helping to purify the liver and possibly encouraging weight loss. This is because through supplementing your diet with just a small amount of spirulina means that many of the body’s needs are satisfied thanks to the abundance of nutrients, so you shouldn’t crave unhealthy or fatty foods.
How do I take it?
Spirulina is available in both powder and pill form so you can choose which is more convenient for you. Spirulina powder can be added to meals and smoothies for a green meal, while the pills can be taken around an hour before eating with water throughout the day.
Research suggests taking between 3-10 grams of spirulina a day for the most benefits.
I bought All Seasons Certified Organic Spirulina Blue Green Algae tablets from Holland and Barrett. I plan on starting to supplement my diet with the tablets from tomorrow so will report back on any obvious benefits or side effects I experience!