Spirulina is considered a superfood because it is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on earth and is a rich source of protein, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
It is easily digestible and often added to smoothies and breakfast bowls.
Phycocyanin is the main active compound in spirulina which has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Spirulina contains a full range of both essential and non-essential amino acids which are necessary for the body to make protein molecules. It contains the following vitamins and minerals:
✓ Vitamin K1 and K2
✓ B vitamins - most notably spirulina contains up to 60% of the Recommended Daily Allowance requirement for vitamin B12 (People who follow a vegetarian diet tend to lack this vitamin and could benefit from taking spirulina)
✓ Folic acid
✓ Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) – considered the healthy omega-6 oil found also in vegetables that has anti-inflammatory benefits
✓ It also contains chlorophyll which helps alkalinize (optimize PH levels) in the body
✓ Spirulina acts as a prebiotic and helps the growth of other beneficial bacteria in the gut too
What our registered dietician says: "Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is an incredible source of nutrients such as protein, iron, B-vitamins and copper. Just 1 tablespoon of spirulina powder contains 4 grams of complete protein with all 9 essential amino acids. Spirulina is also a rich source of disease-fighting and anti-inflammatory antioxidants. The red espresso® Spirulina powder is certified organic and contains no fillers, preservatives or sweeteners. Add it in to your smoothies, juices, porridge or raw treats for a great antioxidant and protein boost."