Spirulina; is a blue-green, interestingly smelling algae. How delish! Okay so that doesn’t sound super appetizing but what if we told you that this smelly (sorry- there’s no denying it) emerald green powder is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet? That it contains over 100 vitamins and minerals AND may just be the superfood answer to obtaining nutrients that might otherwise not be available in a vegan or vegetarian diet. Yep, listen up..
Despite the more recent hailing of spirulina as natures multivitamin, it seems we were a little behind the times with the Aztec’s being the original trend setters of spirulina consumption way back when it was a natural occurrence growing on alkaline lakes. Today Spirulina is cultivated across the globe in a variety of warm sunny climates where it basically soaks in the sunshine and through photosynthesis develops its high nutrient profile. So what specifically does this sensational superfood contain?
First and foremost (vegans are you listening?) Spirulina is a source of Iron! So put down the bucket of spinach because as little as 2 tsp of Morlife’s Certified Organic Spirulina Powder will provide you with 34% of your recommended daily intake and it even contains (the vegan-elusive) B12! This ultimately means that you will be a bounding ball of energy as you add it into your smoothies and juices in the morning, much to the delight of your housemates/partner/kids or pets. And that’s not evening mentioning the fact that iron is also an essential mineral for normal immune system function and blood formation. So you understand that it’s very important, but not all iron sources are created equal, especially those from plants – luckily enough, Spirulina is easily digestible meaning that the non-haem iron it contains might be more bio-available (absorbable) than other plant sources of iron.
However, I know you didn’t come here just for the iron advice, so here you go, here’s another spirulina flavoured nutritional nugget to tie you over. CalciYUM or as the general fully-developed-adult population like to call it- Calcium is an imperative macro-mineral that you might be hard-pressed to find in a vegan or ovo-vegetarian diet but it is present in spirulina. Furthermore, micro-nutrients such a beta-carotene and chlorophyll also make an appearance. When compared to the likes of calcium & iron, these little guys might seem like the nutritional underdogs but with an antioxidant capacity that rivals ye old vitamin C, their necessity in the diet shouldn’t be underestimated.
But now here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the biggest, boldest and all around bestest feature of Spirulina has got to be the PROTEIN content. Spirulina is positively protein packed with its physical makeup being approximately 70% protein by weight. To put this into perspective this is more than any other plant or animal food source and as such, Spirulina could easily take on and win a brotein face-off against an eye fillet steak any day (should the occasion arise).
There really is so much more to this superfood powder than its pong. Spirulina is the algae all rounder every vegan or vegetarian needs on a daily basis. The powder can be easily incorporated into more than just smoothies or juices, with its subtle salty flavour it is a complementary addition to any dinner dish or savoury snack – just take a look at this recipe and see how we use ours. But if you really aren’t able to get past the stench (it really isn’t thaaat bad – we PROMISE) thankfully we’ve got you sorted with our Certified Organic Spirulina in tablet form because we’d hate for you to miss out. After all doesn’t the old saying go ‘winner winner spirulina for dinner”?