The Health Benefits of
Spirulina Health Benefits Overview
- Supports healthy energy levels thanks to iron, magnesium, B vitamins and iodine
- Packed with antioxidants
- Lots of complete protein with all 9 essential amino acids
- Gut-healthy prebiotic polysaccharides
What is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a blue-green microalgae. Spirulina contains ~70% protein, lots of B vitamins, iron, magnesium, iodine, calcium, phosphorus, beta-carotene, chlorophyll, and phycocyanin, a powerful antioxidant—in addition to being a significant source of gut-healthy prebiotic polysaccharides.
It’s also super sustainable, with an insatiable appetite for CO2!
Landish Spirulina Sourcing
Landish sources the cleanest spirulina in the world, produced in the Sonoran Desert of California, subject to the state’s world renowned, extremely strict health and environmental standards.
The History of Spirulina As Food
Though its increasing popularity is a more recent phenomenon, spirulina’s documented consumption dates back to the Aztecs living in Tenochtitlan, modern day Mexico City, where it was collected from the lakes and dried into cakes. It was also historically consumed around Lake Chad in Africa.
Spirulina presents immense potential for the future of nutrition, with it’s incredible level of nutrient density and ability to fight climate change. NASA has even used it as a dietary supplement for astronauts in space!
The Health Benefits of Spirulina Broken Down
Support Healthy Energy Levels
- Spirulina powder contains a lot of iron (10x more than beef jerky); iron helps form hemoglobin, which transports oxygen in the blood
- Spirulina also contains high levels of B vitamins and magnesium, which both play important roles in the conversion of food into energy and the storage of energy
- Spirulina contains iodine, which is used by the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones to support a healthy metabolism Low iron, magnesium, B vitamins, or iodine levels can result in unexplained fatigue
- Adequate levels of these micronutrients help maintain healthy energy levels
Antioxidant & Anti-Inflammation
- Phycocyanin is a powerful antioxidant found in spirulina - it’s what gives spirulina it’s rich green colour
- Many studies have found phycocyanin to have antioxidant properties able to reduce oxidative stress
- Phycocyanin has been found to have anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects
- Studies have found phycocyanin to exhibit apoptotic activity against tumor cells
- Spirulina contains prebiotic polysaccharides These prebiotic polysaccharides have been found to improve probiotic growth
- The polysaccharides in spirulina have specifically been shown to promote the growth of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, two of the most common probiotics taken as supplements
- A strong, diverse microbiota has been associated with a stronger immune system, more energy, better mood, and better overall health
Muscle Growth & Repair
- Spirulina is a great source of sustainable, complete protein
- This protein is complete because it contains all 9 essential amino acids
- Protein makes up 70% of spirulina
- Spirulina contains ~3x more protein than beef, chicken, pork and fish
- The 9 essential amino acids must be consumed through diet because they can’t be produced by the body—they’re necessary for muscle growth and repair, and all metabolic processes