What the heck is spirulina?
The relationship started innocent enough, just a casual three days a week drinking GT’s multi green kombucha. About two years ago, my now husband had recommended it to me for my stomach. I was told that kombucha could ease issues like food allergies, leaky gut or trouble going to the bathroom, which I struggled with all.
That’s for another post.
Fast forward a year, I started making my own kombucha at home. The process of making it couldn’t be simpler, and you can check out my post HERE on how to make it. I noticed that the benefits of digestion were still there, but I just couldn’t get away from the multi-green variety of GT’s due to the increase of energy and wellness I felt after just one. What was the difference? Upon looking further into this spirulina stuff that made my kombucha so green, I realized why my health was skyrocketing because of it.
Spirulina is a blue-ish but more so green algae that is dense in a wide array of vitamins, amino acids trace minerals and antioxidants that are vital to optimal health.
Spirulina is also qualified as more of bacteria than an algae. Specifically Cyanobacteria that contains chlorophyll and produces it’s own food, thus the large portion of protein (up to 70% of the food, on average 60%) that spirulina contains. Because it is so rich in protein and contains all of the essential amino acids the human body needs, it is considered a complete protein by itself!
One of those proteins is tryptophan, an amino acid essential to the production of serotonin in the body. This conversion can aid in the support and reduction of stress, depression and help aid in giving you a good night sleep by balancing serotonin and melatonin levels.
Let’s talk about Phytonutrients- nutrients from plants are essential because of the vitamins, minerals and digestive enzymes along with other components that help our body detox, repair and produce energy. Often called a “superfood” because of it’s antioxidant and nourishing elements.
Spirulina also contains fatty acids especially gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) or (Omega 6) that infer health benefits like comforting joins, hormonal balance and different body functions that have to do with repair such as healing leaky gut.
So did Spirilina heal my gut and help my fatigue? Well there is more research to be done, and I am no doctor, but it’s worth a try!
Here are a few sources I pulled from if you would like to know more!