Written by Sarah Curran
What Is Spirulina?
First discovered in 1827 in a freshwater stream, spirulina grows in many environments such as soil, sand, marshes and even salt springs.
Spirulina has been found in many places worldwide such as Lake Chad in Africa and also in the Rift Valley of East Africa. The algae, found on top of the water in lakes or ponds in the area was hardened then sold at local markets where it was then served with millet by the native families. It was also found in Mexico where literature suggests it had been used as a food source during the Spanish conquest. Spirulina is great when used in recipes and added to smoothies.
What Are The Benefits?
Cholesterol Lowering Abilities
Research as far back as 1988 has shown that spirulina has potential cholesterol-lowering abilities. In one study, a statistically significant reduction was shown in LDL cholesterol when 15 participants took 2 grams of spirulina, 4 times daily. HDL cholesterol was not affected and there was also a decrease in the measure of fat deposition in the arteries. A more modern study in 2008 also showed a similar result.
Contains Amino Acids
Spirulina is also a great source of amino acids and contains both essential and non-essential amino acids. Amino acids are an important part of everyone’s diet as they are the building blocks of protein.
Contains Vitamins And Minerals
1 Banana (100g)
80g Frozen Berries
250g Fat-Free Yoghurt
1 Scoop Strawberry Impact Whey
Blend all the ingredients together until there are no lumps left and all the ingredients are fully combined.
Serve with ice cubes and enjoy!
Spirulina Power Bars
285g Cashew Nuts
70g Cacao Powder
Pinch Of Salt
20 ml Vanilla FlavDrops
20/30 ml Cold Water
20g Spirulina Powder
Pinch Of Salt
Mix together the dates, nuts and cacao powder in a food processor with the pinch of salt. Pulse the ingredients together until the mixture becomes coarse and combined. Add the cranberries before pulsing the mixture for a few seconds, and then add the vanilla extract. Add the water gradually in between pulses so that the mixture forms a dough-like texture.
Remove this mixture from the food processor, and then press it into a pan that has been lined with greaseproof paper. Leave a little extra paper around the edges to make removal easier. Chill in the fridge for about an hour then cut into 8 portions. Enjoy!
Spirulina Energy Balls
5 g Ground Flaxseed
20g Peanut Butter
Place the walnuts in a food processor and pulse them together so that they form a crumb-like consistency. Add in the dates, peanut butter, flaxseed and honey then pulse again to combine all the ingredients together.
Form little balls with the mixture and roll them in the coconut so that they are roughly covered. Place in the fridge to firm up for half an hour before serving.
Spirulina Salad Dressing
10g Olive Oil
Juice From Half A Lemon
Pinch Of Pepper
Mix together all the ingredients and drizzle over a salad. You can also add chilli powder to this dressing to give it an extra kick.
Spirulina is a great supplement to add to your diet due to its fantastic nutritional profile. It has been used for years in many cultures where it has been considered a superfood due to its high vitamin and mineral content. Try some of these simple recipes and experience the health boost spirulina can provide for yourself!
Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you’re concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.