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What is spirulina?

Spirulina is often described as a blue-green algae and has a wide variety of nutritional benefits.

It is found in many places, including freshwater ponds, marshes, soils, oceans and mineral-rich alkaline lakes.

Spirulina became popular after it was discovered that NASA gave it to astronauts on space missions as a food supplement.

A healthy diet that includes superfoods, such as spirulina, kale, acai and salmon as well as exercise, is vital for maintaining overall good health.

Benefits of spirulina

Spirulina has many different benefits for the normal functioning of the body. It is perhaps one of the most nutritious foods known to humans and has been used all over the world for centuries.

Spirulina contains key vitamins and minerals

Spirulina contains B vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc, protein and many other nutrients.

How can I take spirulina?

At Holland & Barrett, we offer a number of different ways in which our customers can incorporate spirulina into their diet.

Take spirulina as a tablet, capsule, or protein powder

You can take spirulina in the form of tablets, capsules or as protein powder.

Not everyone likes to eat spirulina, and if you happen not to like its taste or texture, there are things you can do to mask the flavour.

For example, enhance the taste of the spirulina protein powder by adding it to your favourite shakes and smoothies.

Alternatively, you can take spirulina in a tablet form. We sell bottles of 500mg spirulina tablets. Simply take three tablets, three times a day, half an hour before meals.

Or, for a different option, you can take spirulina in the form of an organic powder.

Organic spirulina capsules are also available through Holland and Barrett. Rich in Vitamin C, these spirulina capsules help to support the immune system.

Spirulina with Chlorella

Chlorella is also an algae. It is highly beneficial due to its pure and nutritious elements. Combined spirulina and chlorella tablets are available at Holland & Barrett.

These tablets are organic, contain vitamin B12 and also iron, which helps to support the immune system.

What other ways are there to take spirulina?

For those looking to incorporate spirulina into their diet on a regular basis, you can use it in your everyday cooking.

Simply add the powdered version to smoothies, shakes, stocks, salads and soups, to make the most of the beneficial nutrients from this blue green algae.

You can get really creative and find new and interesting ways to eat a balanced, healthy diet including spirulina.

To try out our recipe for spirulina pesto, tomato and green bean pasta check out on our Health Hub.

Or, if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, try out this green avocado, spirulina and CBD smoothie recipe on our Health Hub.

Adding spirulina powder to everyday foods, such as pizza, salad, eggs or even smashed avocado, can help to ensure that you follow a healthy, nutritious diet.

For ways to ‘supercharge’ your diet and to get inspired with even more ideas on healthy cooking check out this short article on spirulina on our Health Hub.

At Holland & Barrett, we believe that it is vital to have a well-balanced diet and engage in regular exercise for an all-round healthy lifestyle. Incorporating healthy, nutritious foods – especially superfoods - into your life will further support the normal functioning of your body.

Spirulina, essential oils and vitamins can help support a healthy lifestyle.

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    Superfood supplements come in a variety of formats such as powders, tablets and liquids. Our many superfood supplements we offer include Chlorella, Maca, Royal Jelly & Propolis, Spirulina and Wheatgrass. Superfood supplements provide a variety of benefits such as making you feel more energetic and leaving your skin feeling radiant and naturally toned. 

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