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POSTED: Apr 17, 2019

Runner's World - What Are the Benefits of Adding Spirulina to Your Diet?

What Even Is Spirulina?

First, let’s lay out what exactly spirulina is: It is a type of cyanobacteria, which is a family of single-celled microbes that grow in both fresh and salt water and is often referred to as blue-green algae. In fact, it is quite possibly one of the oldest life forms on Earth. After harvesting (most often from man-made spirulina lagoons), the biomass is dried into a powder that can then be used as is, turned into capsules, or incorporated into foods. So it’s a “green” that you won’t find alongside kale and spinach in the produce department of the grocery store, nor is it the same type of seaweed you’ll see on a sushi platter. 

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