It’s a name you’re hearing more and more in health-conscious circles. Spirulina, a blue-green algae growing naturally in salty lakes and oceans around the world is a ‘miracle’ superfood with some amazing health benefits for both your body and your brain.

The greatest benefits from Spirulina come from the antioxidants it contains which fight against inflammation and disease, strengthening your immune system. Spirulina actively reduces the LDL or ‘bad cholesterol’ in your body, and promotes HDL the ‘good cholesterol‘, thus reducing chances of heart disease and stabilizing blood pressure.

According to an FDA report, Spirulina is rich in vitamins B complex and E, both now established as anti-ageing vitamins, promoting cell repair and regeneration. It’s also rich in minerals like zinc, potassium, copper, selenium and calcium.

If you’re anaemic you couldn’t opt for a better health supplement. Spirulina is rich in iron, evidence showing that it significantly improves hemoglobin levels when taken regularly. It’s also an alternative protein source – a much more concentrated one than meat – with 4 gms of protein in just a tablespoon, and with a much lower calorie count.

Available in flakes, powder, tablet or capsule form, Spirulina is an ideal detox treatment, binding to toxins in your system and flushing them out naturally. When combined with zinc it’s especially beneficial for people living in countries where drinking water is often contaminated (*ahem* Pakistan).