Available in powder, flake and tablet form, spirulina -- a type of blue-green algae -- has high concentrations of phytonutrients, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Although human studies are limited, preliminary evidence suggests that spirulina enhances the immune response and may have anti-viral and cancer fighting properties, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Talk with your health-care professional before ingesting spirulina if you are taking other medications or being treated for a chronic disease.
Substitute one of your vitamin supplements with 4 spirulina tablets. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, 4 tablets provide 2 grams of spirulina.
Blend 1 tablespoon spirulina powder into two cups of natural, unsweetened fruit juice. Add a banana and a few cubes of ice for a healthful breakfast smoothie.
Place in a blender 2 peeled avocados, the juice of 1 lemon, 1 chopped tomato and salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of spirulina powder to your guacamole ingredients, and blend well.
Combine 2 teaspoons each of cumin, paprika and chili powder. Add 2 tablespoons of spirulina and sprinkle over a Mexican salad or oven roasted potatoes.
Whisk or stir 1 tablespoon of spirulina into 2 cups of your favorite vegetable juice. Pour into a tall glass, garnish with fresh herbs and drink immediately.
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of spirulina powder over freshly popped popcorn. Exercise caution to avoid spilling the powder on yourself or adjacent surfaces.
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Fresh fruit or vegetable juices
Properly grown and processed spirulina is odorless and has little taste.
People with autoimmune disorders should avoid taking spirulina because it may worsen your condition.
To avoid the risk of toxicity from ingesting a tainted product, only buy spirulina from a reputable manufacturer.