Spirulina grows naturally in highly alkaline subtropical and tropical lakes. The Aztecs have been eating Spirulina for centuries, but its popularity as a health food began after it was discovered growing in Lake Texaco in the 70s. Recently, many health experts have become aware of its benefits and are recommending it as a way to fight malnutrition and over reliance on junk food.
Spirulina is high in antioxidants (including vitamin E, selenium and carotenoids) that guard our cells from damage by free radicals and protect us from infections, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It is a good source of easily digestible protein – rich in many of the essential amino acids that are only available through food. Spirulina also contains essential fatty acids, as well as many other vitamins and minerals, including calcium, manganese, magnesium, chromium – plus much higher amounts of iron than spinach and much higher amounts of beta-carotene than carrots. Its antimicrobial qualities make it effective against fungal infections such as Candida and recent studies show that spirulina can actually boost the our immune system by helping us produce more of the natural killer cells that are vital in destroying pathogens and protecting us from degenerative disease.
Spirulina comes in the form of powder or tablets. You can take 6 tablets a day, or a tablespoon of powder in a smoothie.