Now we all know that there are no quick fixes to pretty much anything in life – especially when it comes to our health and nutrition. If your energy is lacking or you aren’t feeling up to par, chances are it didn’t happen overnight.

While  we do have some clients who start to feel better quickly, often it’s slow and steady that wins the race.

That being said, there are some superfoods that can help the process move along more quickly.

Enter Spirulina.

Spirulina is a natural blue green algae that has been used for centuries as a healing food. It’s packed with easy to digest protein (in fact it is more than half protein by weight), vitamins (more beta carotene than carrots), minerals (including iron), antioxidants, enzymes and more.

Research has found its properties can boost the immune system, the cardiovascular system and overall energy levels. One study found that spirulina increased exercise performance in runners.* Spirulina is also a known anti-inflammatory and antihistamine.

Spirulina can be taken via tablets, powders, or flakes. To be perfectly honest, spirulina is not going to win any awards for taste. However, there are ways to add it to foods and drinks to mask the flavor.

Aside from taking tablets, adding a heaping teaspoon of spirulina to your morning smoothie is a great way to work in this superfood. We also love adding spirulina to homemade bars, as in this powerhouse recipe for Spirulina Freezer bars.

In terms of where to find spirulina, sourcing is important. Many products are laced with heavy metals or other contaminants. Ideally look for an organic product. We also love this lovely blue spirulina which we highlight in our anti inflammatory smoothie video HERE, where you can download our delicious recipe handout too 🙂

*http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20010119