Spirulina contains a powerful plant-based protein called Phycocyanin. Research shows this may have antioxidant, pain-relief, anti-inflammatory and brain-protective properties.
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that grows in both fresh and saltwater. It’s also commercially produced for use in food and supplements. Because it packs 60% protein by weight — as well as various vitamins and minerals — it’s widely used as a food source in certain parts of Mexico and Africa. What’s more, it’s a good source of healthy polyunsaturated fats and the antioxidants, C-phycocyanin and beta carotene. As a supplement, it’s touted for its antibacterial, anti-toxicant , anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and cholesterol-lowering potential. Using a half teaspoon in your smoothies, teas for that extra boost.