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In need of a quick detox? Skip the store-bought juices and instead make your own at home with this spirulina detox smoothie.
Though it is technically considered to be pond scum, spirulina is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. A cyanobacteria that is rich in chlorophyll, protein and many other nutrients, spirulina boasts several health promoting agents. In fact, spirulina is not only a complete source of protein but it is also such a high quality source that it is often compared to eggs gram for gram. Just one tablespoon of spirulina contains 4 grams of complete protein, as well as numerous other vitamins and minerals.
Vegetarians and vegans love spirulina for its incredible amount of plant-based iron, but even meat-eaters can benefit from spirulina. Spirulina boasts a highly absorbable form of iron that is gentle on the digestive system as well as contains over 26 times the amount of calcium that milk has.
Spirulina does more than just give nutrients to the body however; it also helps to take toxins away. Extremely rich in chlorophyll, spirulina helps to remove toxins and heavy metals in the body and remove them. This helps to cleanse the blood as well as boost the immune system.
Though spirulina is an incredible superfood, it also has a very unappealing taste. Blending spirulina into a smoothie like the one below allows you to still benefit from the algae without having to suffer through it.