Sarah Fielding Oct 23, 2020, 11:14 AM

Spirulina is a blue-green microalgae found in freshwater and saltwater. Once used by the Aztecs, it is now mixed into smoothies and juices. 

Spirulina has many health benefits, ranging from its high-density nutrient profile to its immune-boosting properties, says Nicole DeMasi, MS, RDN, CDCES, a registered dietitian-nutritionist with her own virtual private practice. 

Here are seven health benefits of spirulina and tips to incorporate it into your diet.

1. Spirulina has many vitamins and minerals

Spirulina has many vitamins and minerals. In one tablespoon of dried spirulina, there is:

  • 95.4 mg of potassium
  • 73.4 mg of sodium
  • 13.6 mg of magnesium
  • 8.4 mg of calcium
  • 8.26 mg of phosphorus
  • 2 mg of iron
  • 0.71 mg of vitamin C

2. Spirulina adds a boost of protein 

Spirulina is particularly great for vegetarians and vegans looking to add a little boost of protein to their diets. That’s because…

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