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Sakara Glossary: Spirulina

Sakara Glossary is your go-to place to learn the foundation of optimal health and wellness. Every 2 weeks we will give you the 411 on the minerals, vitamins and concepts that are integral to a healthier, more conscious, sexier life.

Spirulina (spi·ru·lina), noun

The official definition of spirulina is a “microscopic filamentous aquatic cyanobacterium.” Um, what? Let’s break that down.

Spirulina is a small, thin blue-green bacteria that grows in warm water and gets its energy through photosynthesis. It is also one of the oldest life forms on the planet. It’s believed that spirulina provided nutrients to our ancestors in 9th century Chad and the Aztecs in 16th century Mexico.

We trust earth’s bounty to provide all the nourishment we need, including protein, but Spirulina packs a punch stronger than most other superfoods.

According to Dr. Mercola, spirulina is 65 - 71 percent complete protein — more than double beef’s 22 percent and lentil’s 26 percent. It also contains all of the essential amino acids. It contains SO many nutrients that NASA considered adding it to astronaut’s diets on Mars. If it helps bodies flourish on Mars, imagine what it can do to your 9-to-5.

Another of spirulina’s superpowers (eh, we're big fans) is its ability to encourage the growth of healthy gut bacteria, which keeps candida under control. Your microbiome health can not be underestimated. It impacts everything from physical to mental health, as Dr. Berzin explained in Should You Get a Microbiome Test? 

It also helps remove accumulated waste and gas in your colon! Spirulina is the perfect start to the day and we usually mix it in water or a smoothie. If you're feeling naughty, add some to your nightlife with the Sakara Beetlejuice Cocktail.

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