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The truth about blue spirulina, the ancient superfood

The truth about blue spirulina, the ancient superfood

Blue spirulina is blue-green algae, an aquatic bacteria that can be found in salt and freshwater. Today it’s a very popular superfood and ingredient in many beauty products, but it’s nothing new. 

NASA used spirulina as a dietary supplement. They found its ability to modulate immune function and its anti-inflammatory nature to be quite useful during space missions. But even NASA wasn’t the first to use spirulina. There is evidence that it was used as a food source for the Aztecs.

As a powerful source of nutrients, specifically amino acids and iron, spirulina shouldn’t be overlooked when you’re searching for ways to boost your health and your outward appearance. Remember that a healthy inside is reflected on the outside.

Benefits of blue spirulina

With a long history of use and a lot of healthy goodness packed into it, spirulina has a lot of wonderful benefits.

♦ Moderates histamine and allergic reactions

♦ Lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels

♦ Helps with weight loss

♦ Enables vitamin B6 production to combat fatigue

♦ May have anti-cancer potential with an added mechanism of tumor destruction

♦ Substantial nutrient qualities boost scalp health

♦ Increases skin metabolism to reduce signs of aging

♦ Combats bacteria, including those that cause acne

♦ Natural detox agent encourages cell turnover

♦ Increased hair growth

♦ Protects against hair thinning

The list of benefits from blue spirulina keeps growing as more studies look into the potential of this powerful plant. In the meantime, many people are already impressed with its health and beauty potential and are hopping on the bandwagon.

A blue spirulina wellness shot

How to make the most of blue spirulina

If you’re looking to start a blue spirulina regimen and reap the rewards, there are several different ways to add it to your diet and beauty regimen. The key is, before you dive in, remember to speak to your doctor about any possible health or medical concerns when taking any new supplement. 

Once you get the go-ahead, you can explore different ways of using blue spirulina. While there are a lot of products that already contain spirulina, you can go that extra step and try some DIY. 

Since it comes in both powder and tablet form, there are many creative ways to use it. Some of them include:

♦ Apply in a face mask

♦ Mix it in your favorite shampoo or conditioner

♦ Create a hair mask

♦ Take a tablet as a supplement

♦ Stir the powder into a smoothie

♦ Bake powdered spirulina a dessert

These are just a few different ways to incorporate blue spirulina into your beauty and health care routines. If you’re really interested in using it as a food additive, try some of our favorite recipes below.

Healthy blue spirulina recipes

Blue spirulina comes from blue-green algae, so its color is naturally a blue-green shade. This can be off-putting to some, but for others, it just makes the recipes more exciting. It also has a slightly bitter taste, and some say it’s a bit savory. 

You can use this to your advantage if you’re a seasoned cook, or you can mask the flavor with bright fruits, rich chocolates, or your favorite seasonings.

A blue spirulina infused beverage

Mermaid smoothie

Bright and fruity, this smoothie bowl is packed with superfoods that are accented with spirulina color.

Ingredients

1 cup frozen bananas, chunked

2 cups frozen mangos, chunked

½ teaspoon blue spirulina powder

¾ cup almond milk, unsweetened and unflavored

Additional granola and fruit for toppings

Directions

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle on your favorite toppings. 

Vegan spirulina latte

Start your day off right with a refreshing and healthy latte. This morning treat loads on the vitamins, iron, protein, and antioxidants for a detox day.

Ingredients

2 cups almond milk

1 teaspoon maple syrup

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ tablespoon spirulina powder

Cinnamon and honey to taste (or other favorites)

A blue spirulina latte

Directions

1. Warm the milk without boiling, then stir in the maple syrup and vanilla and remove from heat. Whisk in spirulina and add your favorite flavorings and sweeteners. 

2. Remember that spirulina is a natural pick-me-up and boosts energy, but if you’re really dragging, add a shot of espresso, and you’re ready to rule the day.

Guilt-free healthy brownies

Get ready to be amazed. The ingredients in these brownies make them a superfood in themselves. Add to that the fact that they’re egg-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free. There are indeed a lot of ingredients, but it’s worth it!

Ingredients

Flaxseed egg

¾ cup flour (gluten-free)

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon spirulina powder

¼ teaspoon sea salt

½ avocado, mashed smooth

½ cup coconut oil

¼ cup hot water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

Snacks infused with blue spirulina

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350° 

2. Grease 8 or 9-inch square baking dish.

3. Prepare your flaxseed egg and set aside.

4. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, spirulina, and salt.

5. In a large bowl, combine avocado, water, coconut oil, and vanilla. Then use an electric mixer to beat in brown sugar and blend until well mixed. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. 

6. In a small bowl, mix baking soda and apple cider vinegar, when it fizzes us spatula to stir brownie batter and flaxseed egg in. Fold in chocolate and then transfer to the baking dish. Smooth the surface and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

In addition to the spirulina benefits, this treat is full of wonderful ingredients that are great for your health, skin, and hair.

Your Daily Blue Spirulina

Blue spirulina is crucial to improving your health, particularly your skin and hair, so it’s important that the way you get your blue spirulina is simple enough to keep it a part of your daily routine. But it’s not the only thing you need to improve your health and beauty, so what should you do?

Hair La Vie Foundation Beauty Elixir contains blue spirulina, collagen, keratin, and other important nutrients for improving your health, solving both the issue of ease and finding the other ingredients you need for improving your beauty from the inside to the outside. It’s just a single tablespoon of Foundation powder in a glass of water, stir, and enjoy!

Final thoughts

Blue spirulina is full of health benefits, making it one of the most desirable superfoods around. The best part about spirulina is you don’t have to eat it to get the benefits, you can use it in your hair and skincare products and reap the rewards topically.

From healthy skin and hair to lower cholesterol and more energy, spirulina has it all. It’s so reliable that ancient Aztecs and NASA have used it as a powerful food additive.

If you want to get a little creative with your spirulina, try mixing the powder in with some fun and healthy recipes to see if you can get even more out of your favorite foods. The recipes above are a great way to start your healthy spirulina journey.

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