What's the Hype with Spirulina?!
You’ve probably heard all about it by now. Spirulina, the powder everyone keeps adding to their smoothies to naturally make them a vibrant, electric blue. While this is certainly aesthetically appealing, I’m sure you’ve wondered at, at some point, what the point is. What are the health benefits, if any?
Let’s start with a quick break down of what exactly spirulina is! Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae often found in natural (or man-made) lakes. It’s actually been used as a food source in other countries for centuries! With its high protein, beta-carotene, mineral, and EFA content, it is completely understandable why people have chosen to use this as a dense supplier of nutrients for quite some time.
Ok, all sounds great! But what is the science behind this magic algae? There is still so much that needs to be researched in order to understand its full effects, but let me tell you a little bit about what I discovered after researching the topic on scholarly articles from around the world!
1. According to a study posted in 2019, spirulina extract has shown reasonable scientific evidence that it can be used effectively to lower pain and inflammation. This is what makes spirulina so great for managing allergies.
2. Spirulina can potentially be beneficial for those with chronic fatigue. It is a great source of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), an essential fatty acid that is easily absorbed and used for energy. It also helps to replenish beneficial bacteria in the gut, which is where certain B vitamins can be produced that are essential for energy production! Studies are limited on this concept, however, but remain promising.
3. A few studies have discovered that spirulina, given daily, can significantly decrease levels of LDL (otherwise known as the “bad” cholesterol) in the body, while possibly increasing HDL (the “good” cholesterol)!
4. High antioxidant activity! Spirulina is a great source of beta-carotenes, which most likely makes it pretty darn great for skin health, the immune system, and for managing free radical damage within the body.
5. The FDA tells us that spirulina contains high amounts of calcium, niacin, potassium, magnesium, and the B vitamins. Spirulina is actually a complete protein (cool!), with protein making up for roughly 60% of its total mass.
Sounding like a pretty great addition to your morning smoothie? We think so, too! AMIE customized supplements use a high-quality spirulina powder that can absolutely be added to your formula. Want to make sure you can have it added to yours? Just ask! We are always happy to accommodate and discuss these things with you!