SPIRULINA: ONE OF THE MOST NUTRIENT-DENSE FOODS ON THE PLANET
Spirulina is a blue-green saltwater alga. Algae grow fast and can be found in fresh and salt water. Spirulina grows naturally in mineral-rich lakes. Today, the largest concentrations of spirulina are found in Mexico, Central, and East Africa. Algae are also grown in closed reactors in open basins.
The cell walls of algae are difficult for people to digest. When algae are dried, however, we can digest them easily. That’s why algae are mainly sold in the form of a powder or pills. Spirulina is rich in vitamins, proteins, essential amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, essential fatty acids, and all kinds of minerals. It is being sold around the globe as a dietary supplement. Spirulina is one of the richest sources of protein. Its protein content is a whopping 60-70%!
Since vegans, vegetarians, and athletes need more protein than average, they can use spirulina to boost their daily protein intake.
Just like chlorella, spirulina contains all eight essential amino acids that the body needs for the building and preservation of muscle tissues. Adding spirulina to one’s diet also stimulates the metabolism, which promotes protein synthesis. Moreover, spirulina provides the body with the additional vitamins, minerals, and proteins it contains.
We added spirulina to our FITSHE Vegan Protein Bar – Dark Chocolate & Green Power. Perfect for a pre- or post-workout snack!
Sources: Wikipedia, spirulina.nu, Sonnevelt opleidingen