Is Spirulina Good for You?

The short answer from a dietitian
Spirulina powder and pills

Spirulina — the superfood you may or may not have heard of — comes from a blue-green algae plant found in oceans and salty lakes. Lauded for centuries for its high nutritional value and health benefits, it’s not just a passing health fad.

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Spirulina is typically sold as a powder or tablet and has more iron than raw spinach and more beta-carotene than carrots.

Other health benefits of spirulina include:

  • Rich source of non-animal protein.
  • Good source of B-vitamins and iron to support metabolism and boost immunity.
  • Half a tablespoon fulfills your daily recommended intake of beta-carotene to preserve eye health and promote healthy skin.

It’s easy to incorporate spirulina into your food. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of spirulina powder into smoothies or blend it in with hummus, guacamole or pesto.

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Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD.

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