Athletic Performance/ Nutrition for Sport/ Plant-Based/ Vegan

Spirulina: Superfood plant protein

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Potent, concentrated & nutrient-dense

Spiru-whata you say? Spirulina is a blue-green algae grown in warm, alkaline waters around the globe. It is dried and sold in a powder, pill or flake form at your local health food store.

With over 60% protein, Spirulina has the highest percentage of complete protein by weight of any food on earth— no shit Sherlock! The protein in Spirulina is also very bioavailable (meaning easily absorbed in the body), it contains all essential amino acids and none of the artery-clogging cholesterol you get with animal protein. Studies have also established a strong correlation between Spirulina intake giving enhanced endurance and expedited recovery—perfect for athletes!

Green is the in colour for athletes

Whether its green smoothies, green juices or green salads, green is common characteristic of healthy foods—but why? This is because green plants are full of chlorophyll, which gives them the green colour. Loaded with antioxidant power, chlorophyll is known for its ability to help increase the production of red blood cells, fight free radicals, protect against carcinogens, curb hunger, balance your pH level and fight cancer cells.—Superduperfood!

Spirulina for performance

Intense physical activity can really take a toll on the body. To support your training, performance and recovery, it’s important to have a daily regimen built around proper hydration and high-quality whole foods. Adding a little Spirulina to your day increases healthy gut bacteria, enabling the production of Vitamin B6—helping in energy release. Spirulina is also great for reducing inflammation, promoting healthy digestion, and cleansing toxins from your body.

Spirulina minerals

Among a few key minerals, Spirulina is full of iron. Athletes and women are prone to having anemia (low iron) which causes a reduction of oxygen uptake into cells, sacrificing performance. If you need to bump up your iron, consider adding some green superfood to your regimen.
 

  • Iron: 2.9 mg – more iron than beef 158% vs 13%!
  • Potassium: 114 mg – more potassium than bananas
  • Calcium: 10 mg – more calcium than milk 12% vs 1%
  • Magnesium: 20 mg – more magnesium than walnuts
  • Zinc: 0.2 mg – more zinc than spinach

How to take Spirulina

Spirulina is a great way to supplement your healthy whole food diet with more goodness! It’s available in tablet, flake and powder form and can be found at your local health food store; in the algae supplements.

I like to use the powder and add it to my smoothie

 

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