Spirulina pasta: sustainable brain food!

We love to reach for pasta when in need of a convenient, filling meal. But it’s not usually the first thing that comes to mind when we think “I need health food”. Spirulina pasta is here to make us think twice about that. Cook it like you would any old pasta but enjoy the seemingly boundless advantages that have nutritionists at NASA and the UN buzzing.

This powerful algae has 16 amino acids, in which Spirulina supplies 8 essential amino acids including tryptophan, which affects mood and cognition. Tryptophan aids in the production of serotonin, AKA “the happiness chemical”. Serotonin production is linked to happiness, depression, and anxiety levels and it plays a powerful role in regulating our appetites. Tryptophan also correlates with melatonin production, which is the chemical in charge of managing our sleep cycles.

It has a naturally vibrant blue-green color (a result of healthy pigments) and it’s a better source of protein, B vitamins, and iron than broccoli. Iron is a vital mineral associated with oxygen transportation in the brain, directly affects our mental and emotional health, and playing a key role in neurotransmitter upkeep. Spirulina is obviously a smart choice for brain health. But it’s also great for the wellbeing of our planet! Organically farmed spirulina is easy on the Earth and requires few resources to thrive.

Spirulina has neuroprotective affects, meaning it can protect the brain and prevent neuron depletion. This is one of the reasons studies suggest spirulina supplements can help fend off memory loss and other cognitive effects of aging. A generous source of antioxidants, spirulina protects your brain from oxidative stress which can potentially improve energy levels, attentiveness, and memory. Spirulina can improve cognition in children, seniors, and anyone between.

 


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