Ahhh the famous spirulina… Did you know that this blue-green micro-algae owes its name to its spiral shape?
As is often the case with fashionable things, we discover that they are not really new. And spirulina is no exception: it was already consumed by the Aztecs in what is now Mexico and by the peoples who lived on the shores of Lake Chad in Africa for as long as these shores have been occupied (that is, for a very, very long time).
Spirulina’s list of benefits is so long that it makes you dizzy. Its nutritional qualities are simply exceptional!
An incredible source of protein
Spirulina is the best known natural source of protein, with about 70 % of protein. Moreover, spirulina is a complete source of protein, with all eight essential amino acids, which is rare for a plant.
The blue-green pigments are in fact valuable antioxidants such as chlorophyll (which strengthens and purifies the blood) and phycocyianin (which promotes stem cell production). Spirulina also contains zeaxanthin, one of the best antioxidants to protect the eye.
Together with phycocyianin, beta-carotene (another group of antioxidants) will strengthen our immune system.
An eco-friendly product
Unlike other foods, spirulina can really be considered as an eco-friendly product. Compared to beef, spirulina offers 200 times more protein per square metre of culture. It further uses only 2 % of the water required to produce an equivalent amount of beef.