Spirulina protein is being touted as one of the most digestible proteins on the planet.
Many say this beautiful green colored algae is a powerful super food because the protein content of spirulina is a whopping 60 to 70%.
This makes it the highest protein content of any food. However, should you really throw out your steak and replace it with this spirulina protein?
Probably not, however I really like spirulina for other reasons.
Spirulina contains ample amounts of chlorophyll. The benefits of chlorophyll include helping to maintain a more alkaline environment in your body.
Other health benefits this green algae offers include essential vitamins and minerals.
Spirulina is a supplement that's being sold to people that are usually on a Vegan or Vegetarian diet to help them get more protein into their diets.
The protein content of spirulina is a whopping 60 to 70% which makes it the highest protein content of any plant based food.
Spirulina is also known as a complete protein due to the fact that it contains all of the essential amino acids. Spirulina protein actually contains around 18 different amino acids.
Spirulina has no cellulose in its cell walls which should make it much easier for your body to digest. Cellulose is a problem when trying to digest and assimilate protein from most plant foods.
Spirulina protein is touted as being about 90-95% digestible and contains enzymes which help in the digestion process.
However, dried foods usually don't come with any enzymes and I have heard that spirulina is not very digestible. Although, fermented spirulina may be able to offer your body more spirulina protein.
Chlorophyll is often referred to as the blood of a plant and it has the ability to purify our blood.
Chlorophyll has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and can help maintain a more alkaline environment.
Did you know that the chlorophyll molecule found in blue green algae has something in common with the hemoglobin molecule in your blood?
They have the same geometry, which is 12 atoms surrounding a central 13th atom.
In your blood, the 13th atom at the center is iron. In the chlorophyll found in blue green algae, the central atom is magnesium.
Blue green algae has one of the highest percentages of chlorophyll of any food on the planet.
The benefits of Chlorophyll also include aiding in the elimination of air born pollutants and heavy metals.
No, not really.
Unfortunately, spirulina may have much to give, but B12 is not one of its benefits. Spirulina's B12 is not a true vitamin B12.
Spirulina contains B12 analogues and these B12 analogues have the potential to block the uptake of true B12 and prevent the metabolism of this precious nutrient.
Spirulina also contains active B12 and so the active B12 and B12 analogues just cancel each other out.
The only reliable food sources of B12 are meats, certain seafood, dairy products, and eggs.
There really is no plant food that can be relied on as a source of Vitamin B12.
If you are a vegan or vegetarian, that could mean having to supplement with B12. Make sure to get a safe B12 supplement and watch out for toxic ingredients.