What is blue spirulina?
Looking for a way to add that electric blue color to your favorite smoothie, latte, nice cream, dessert, kombucha or frosting, but want to ditch that nasty food coloring? Look no further than blue spirulina powder.
Blue spirulina powder is an antioxidant rich extract made from green spirulina. Green spirulina is a cyanobacteria, more commonly known as algae. This algae is primarily found in lakes and ponds. Green spirulina contains a phytochemical called phycocyanin.
The phycocyanin is removed from the green spirulina and is what we call blue spirulina. Although blue spirulina may seem like a new trend, it has been around for hundreds of years, dating back to the Ancient Aztecs. The Aztecs used dried spirulina as an energy source so their runners could go far distances. The Aztecs weren’t the only ones who thought spirulina was a good energy source, today, NASA is studying spirulina as a possible energy source for astronauts astronauts to eat while they travel to Mars.
What are the benefits of blue spirulina?
The antioxidant rich blue spirulina has a long list of benefits. Phycocyanin or blue spirulina is a strong free radical fighter and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, blue spirulina can boost the immune system and reduce cataracts.
What does Blue Spirulina taste like?
Blue spirulina packs a lot of punch with its vibrant color but has a neutral to slightly bitter taste. The slight bitter taste of blue spirulina can easily be masked by fruits or other ingredients it is added to. Check out this smoothie bowl recipe from Unicorn Superfoods to brighten up your morning.
Is Blue Spirulina better than green spirulina?
Blue spirulina is an extract while green spirulina is a whole food. For this reason, green spirulina contains a higher amount of vitamins, minerals and protein.
However, blue spirulina contains a more concentrated dose of antioxidants. In addition to this, green spirulina has more of an algae or fishy taste so it may be less versatile to use in recipes and less desirable to use to color foods.
Although blue spirulina may be lower overall in nutrients than green spirulina, it still has many of the health benefits as its green counterpart but with a neutral taste making it a great and versatile option to add to recipes.
Where to buy blue spirulina?
Is blue spirulina safe?
Blue spirulina is generally regarded as safe. However, when buying blue spirulina you do want to be aware of any fillers or extra ingredients that could be added. In addition, spirulina can contain heavy metals due to run off and pollution.
These kinds of contaminants can cause liver or kidney issues, to avoid this you will want to select a brand that grows their spirulina in a controlled environment.
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