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Think of this superfood as the powder equivalent of a relaxing massage. “It’s the best thing you can do for your body after exercise,” says Christina Howells, London-based personal trainer and Thatgirllondon.com founder. “This dark green algae is rich in branch chain amino acids which can lesson muscle damage after you workout. It’s also a powerful antioxidant which is what you need to combat free radical production (which breaks down muscles) created during exercise.”
So what exactly is spirulina? Christine Bailey – leading chef, author, and all-round nutritional expert – gives us the details. “Spirulina is a blue-green microscopic plant that has existed on our planet for 3.6 billion years and served as a source of nourishment to ancient civilisations such as the Aztec. Organic Burst Spirulina powder has a full spectrum of nutrients that nourish the body and mind: beta-carotene, iron, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin B complex, chlorophyll, complete protein, GLA and more.”
This very special powder supports the immune system, promotes a healthy brain and can even help with weight management. We’re always being told to get our protein from different sources, not just meat, and spirulina protein is four times more absorbable than that of beef, so the perfect alternative. Easy to mix in with juices, smoothies, or water; there’s even a recipe for spirulina truffles on the Organic Burst website. Yum.
All in all, a pretty super little powder! You can pick yours up from the Organic Burst website – and there’s even a ‘Super Greens Bundle’ of spirulina, wheatgrass and chlorella to get the full fix. Catch up with the other four ways to make the most of your workout on the InStyle UK website.