HEALTHY HABITS | What on earth is Spirulina?

Spirulina is one of the oldest life forms on Earth.

It’s basically a bluish green algae that grows in freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds.

It has more protein than meat, fish, poultry, and soybeans.

It has the most beta-carotene of any food, and it has a full spectrum of ten mixed carotenoids. It contains all eight essential amino acids, and no fewer than ten non-essential amino acids. It is also rich in iron, vitamins A, E, and B, potassium, enzymes, minerals, phytonutrients, and beneficial fatty acids like DHA and GLA.

When it comes to nutrition you usually have to wait. Good results are not achieved overnight, you have to be consistent and patient. But spirulina works wonders and works fast- it provides a wide range of health benefits almost immediately upon ingestion.

It improves endurance, boosts energy and reduces fatigue. It helps improve the immune system, and provides exceptional support for the heart, liver, and kidneys. Spirulina is also a natural detoxifier, oxygenating the blood, and helping cleanse the body of toxins and other impurities that may be causing illnesses or other health complications.

Spirulina is also a natural appetite suppressant, and it helps to improve the body’s digestive system. It also has very powerful antioxidant properties and it helps to balance the body’s pH, thereby reducing inflammation throughout the body in a safe and chemical-free way.

You can either get it in powder form or go for the standard tablets but there are certainly more creative ways to enjoy the benefits!

Add a few spoonfuls to your smoothies, spreads and dips, sprinkle some over your salads and roast veggies or use it to season your popcorn and homemade crips! You can also use it when you bake, how ’bout some green bread for brunch?

I was recently sent a lovely care package full of spirulina infused goodies by SamaLife which inspired me to do some research and share my findings with you. However, this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.

I have a degree in nutrition, I’m pretty straight forward when it comes to eating habits and I do NOT believe in superfoods. Spirulina is a potent natural ingredient, it’s not yet another diet trend. It was consumed by the Aztecs in the 16th century and it has an even longer history in Chad, as far back as the 9th century Kanem Empire.

It’s a great, natural and cruelty-free way to get lots of nutrients fast.

Would you give it a go?

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26 Comments

  • Bobbi July 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I had never heard of that! I’d be willing to give it a try

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr July 11, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      It’s an awesome natural ingredient

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  • Clarissa July 11, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Where do you buy it? And I would love to know some ways to incorporate it in my diet!

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr July 11, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Hiya! Links to the products at the end of the post!

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  • Amber Myers July 11, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Interesting. I’d give it a try even though the look kind of weirds me out. But I’m always open to trying something once.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr July 11, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      It might look a bit weird at first yes, but it’s sure worth a try!

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  • Victoria Pease July 11, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Have been seeing this in natural colourants more and more these days in sea green smoothie bowls etc so it looks really cool! Interesting health benefits too

    http://victoriaspongepeasepudding.com/

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr July 11, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      it’s so potent indeed!

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  • Mae July 11, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    We are trying to embrace a healthier lifestyle as a family and have heard of spirulina for a while now. I like adding it to my smoothies. Thanks for sharing these health benefits, it’s so helpful!

    Mae | http://www.thegospelofbeauty.org

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr July 12, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      It’s amazing in smoothies indeed!

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  • Nikhila July 12, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Haven’t heard of that before. Informative!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr July 12, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      never too late to enrich your diet 🙂

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  • jhilmil July 12, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Oh yes, my dad introduced me to spirulina some 10years back..We used to get it in the form of capsules to maintain a balanced Iron & vitamin level in the body. We used then for few 2years & since then I just forgot.. Great for reminding me back!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr July 12, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Im so happy to be the one who brought that to your attention

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  • Samantha July 12, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    My colleague drink it a lot, the green-ness put me off, but knowing the benefits will help me think again about trying it.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr July 12, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      That’s good to know! Give it a go, Samantha!

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  • Deepa July 12, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I have heard a lot about Spirulina. It has many health benefits. It is not very suitable for kids but otherwise a superfood.

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  • Shannon July 12, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    My father-in-law puts scoops of spirulina in his smoothies every morning. I never really knew what it was until reading this post. Pinned for future reference, thanks!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr July 13, 2017 at 9:53 am

      thank you for reading the blog Shannon!

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  • Sondra July 12, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Yes! Spirulina absolutely should not be treated like a diet fad! It has been around for ages and I’m so glad you wrote about that 💓

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  • Amrita July 13, 2017 at 4:32 am

    Spirulina is an interesting ingredient .The research results does have a lot of great feedback.Interesting reading .

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  • Chandresh July 13, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Definitely I am going to Google and read more about this new ingredient Spirulina .

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  • Navi July 13, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Very interesting post! Made me want to research more about this and look into it! Thanks!

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  • Amy July 15, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I didn’t know spirulina could be used in so many different ways! I’ve heard of it, but to be honest I didn’t know exactly what it was, LOL. Thanks for explaining it!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr July 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      I hope you’ll give it a go!

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  • Elly McGuinness August 13, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    As a vegetarian, I love including spirulina in my dietary intake. This post has reminded me to try it in various recipes; I normally just add to water or smoothies:)

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