The healthiest food on earth might just be spirulina and, though it’s been around for thousands of years, you may have never tried it. Spirulina is a single-celled, blue-green micro algae from the equatorial region. It’s a potent green powder that’s full of nutrients and antioxidants such as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, selium, zinc, and vitamins C, E, and B-Complex.
According to Tipper Lewis, head herbalist at Neal’s Yard Remedies, “Spirulina is 65-70% complete protein…has no cellulose wall making it highly digestible and contains 18 essential amino, nucleic and essential fatty acids, chlorophyll, and a full spectrum of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.” She says it’s also rich in gamma linolenic acid, which makes it an effective anti-inflammatory.
According to Mind Body Green, spirulina is one of the most potent, most concentrated, most nutrient-rich superfoods.
Mind Body Green reports that spirulina
- maintains all nutrients in all temperatures including freezing and cooking.
- has the highest concentration of protein found in any food.
- has more iron than raw spinach and whole cereals and is equivalent to red meat.
- has more B-12 than beef liver.
- has more beta-carotene than carrots.
- is the richest source of the essential acid gamma-linolenic acid.
- is a powerful immune-system booster.
It’s also far more economical than many of its closest food competitors. For example, it only uses 2% of the water required for beef production for the same protein value.
Spirulina is sold in a dried powdered form which can be added to smoothies, soups, sauces, etc. It can also be taken as a tablet.