It is regarded as one of the most nutrient-rich foods available to us and has been consumed for centuries by cultures around the world because of its incredible health properties. Oprah Winfrey, Kate Middleton and Gwyneth Paltrow are all regular consumers and advocates of this green booster. Its nutritional breakdown has given the ‘Superfood' a lot of press recently, so what's all the hype about?
Aaaaannd, why did we put this weird blue-green algae into Bondi Coffee?
First of all, spirulina is usually consumed in either powder form or in a supplement such as a tablet or capsule. It is full of vitamin A, B, C and E and is rich in the minerals Zinc, Selenium, Magnesium and Calcium.
It's a better source of protein than most vegetables, being made up of 60% protein and containing essential fatty acid, Gamma Linolenic acid.
Did we also mention it can reduce muscle damage during strength training? Not bad for a little green powder hey?
So, what does the research say?
An interesting study found in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (2010), further investigated the benefits Spirulina has on training by examining nine men who engaged in running over the course of a month. Exercise performance was improved in those runners who took Spirulina before versus those who did not supplement at all or were instead given a placebo. The study's researchers stated afterwards the trial was too small to draw comprehensive conclusions about Spirulina's effect on fatigue in exercise, however this research is still extremely promising in the case for Spirulina.
Whilst the National Institute of Health claim there isn't sufficient scientific evidence to show that spirulina is an effective treatment for health conditions, it is extremely rich in nutrients, proteins and essential fatty acids which many of us struggle to consume enough of in our everyday diets anyway.
Despite this, A 2008 study in Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism set out to prove its effect at lowering lipids in the body.
It references 78 individuals between the ages of 60-87. Participants either consumed 8 grams of Spirulina a day or were given a placebo each day for the total of 4 months. Findings showed that cholesterol was significantly reduced in those individuals that took the spirulina supplement!
THE BONDI COFFEE
After months of trial and testing our blend, we found spirulina to be a substance that firstly, blends well, can help lower cholesterol levels, and has been linked to boosting immunity.
Whilst this supplement may not be able to cure anything yet, it's nutritional breakdown (which is high in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids) is ideal for those looking to gain an extra edge in improving their overall health.