Is Blue Spirulina for you? Brands + Recipe Tips

Is Blue Spirulina for you? Brands + Recipe Tips

Blue spirulina can be a delightful treat and natural beauty to add excitement to your smoothie and drink recipes. Also known as BLUE MAJIK, blue spirulina is a type of blue algae that continues to grow in popularity among health foodie people and for people who just want to brighten up their day naturally. 

This blue algae adds healthy antioxidants without any of the negative side effects of artificial blue coloring.

In this post, find out blue spirulina health benefits, fun facts, recipes, and tips to use.  For a free PDF copy of this post, click here.

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Spirulina Fun Facts

You will find this vibrant powder to be a fun add-in to recipes for kids and adults alike.    

Not everyone is quick to pick up algae at the store, though, for good reason.  

When people think of algae, they think of pond slime or a gooey nuisance when swimming in the summer. But, did you know that algae has been eaten for a long time by people because it is really reasonably priced and can enhance your health and energy?  

Blue-green algae (Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima) is actually a type of cyanobacteria that is rich in pigments and comes from freshwater and saltwater. 

    • An interesting fact about spirulina is that it was eaten by Aztecs around the year 1300
    • Currently eaten as a food staple in the country of Chad on a daily basis.  
    • Spirulina is considered a delicacy in Japan!
    • Cats and dogs also benefit from spirulina and many pet “health foods” have spirulina added in to boost nutrition. 
    • Spirulina and algae are the only plants that contain the beautiful pigment called phycocyanin. 
    • One of the most eco-friendly foods in the world. 
    • The best natural blue food color due to high pigment amounts.
    • Often sold out  due to its high demand.
    • Although bright blue, won’t discolor your teeth or mouth!

Blue algae has some really unique nutritional qualities and a delicate flavor that can be mixed into any food and it will taste delicious. 

Blue Spirulina vs Green Spirulina

Both blue and green spirulina are very healthy, but why should you choose blue spirulina over green spirulina? By the way, I recommend using both because they are different in their health benefits. 

Blue spirulina is simply the extract of blue pigment from green spirulina [R]. The blue extract has no fishy taste like green spirulina sometimes does. 

Blue Spirulina Health Benefits: 

  • B-vitamins and minerals are found in blue spirulina.
  • Rare pigment that is naturally blue called phycocyanin.
  • Digestive health benefits because it is rich in antioxidants. 
  • Cognition: may support brain function and memory by reducing buildup of amyloid beta, although more studies are needed. 
  • Bright blue color doubles as an antioxidant. 
  • Anti-inflammatory-reduces inflammatory compounds like COX-2. 
  • Increases NRF2, which dampens down inflammation.
  • Fights free radicals because it contains the most concentrated form of phycocyanin, which helps fight free radicals. 
  • Brightening: Can be used to brighten up your foods instead of artificial colors.
  • Pain relief: may reduce symptoms of pain due to analgesic effects although more study is needed.  
  • Liver function-by reducing oxidative stress, may improve liver function.
  • Neuroprotective effects– by increasing antioxidant enzymes in the body.

Green spirulina health benefits

  • Rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • Whole food-Green spirulina is a whole food rather than an extract.
  • Complex: contains a wider array of nutrients and healthy compounds than the blue extract.
  • Algae flavor– sometimes perceived as fishy flavor
    •  but this is easily disguised with fruit in a smoothie. 
  • Immune modulating: balances out immune system responses in early research.
  • Cholesterol benefits: Lowers LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides, at least it does in animal studies.  
  • Rich in antioxidants like blue spirulina, green spirulina is very antioxidant-rich and helps fight free radicals.
  • Detoxification benefits: makes great detox drinks- no I don’t mean from alcohol.  I mean gentle everyday liver support and heavy metal cleanse processes.
  • Cancer benefits: May reduce the risk of some kinds of cancer 
  • Natural antihistamine remedies:  Among many other plants, spirulina reduces allergy symptoms in some people, especially with runny nose, congestion, and itching symptoms [R].

Tip: A common misconception is that spirulina provides a lot of protein in the diet. It is important to be aware that these foods, while nutritious, would take a large volume to supply a good amount of protein in the diet. Blue Spirulina Infographic by The Healthy RD

 

Best Blue Spirulina Powder Brands

Are you wondering where to buy this vibrant extract? You can find it on Amazon and directly from the companies that make blue spirulina.

The brands I list here are all safe spirulina brands that have 3rd party testing for purity in their products. 

Blue Majik

Blue Majik from E3Live by The Healthy RD

Blue Majik from E3Live comes in both capsule form and powder form which is gluten free and also vegan. This product also comes in single serve packages to add when you are on the go or at work. I find it is  very energizing and seems to give me an extra boost while exercising.

Many reviews also find E3Live benefits stem from the high reputation of the company with super responsive customer support and 3rd party certification of their products.  The have strict GMP practices. Personally, I feel like this is the best spirulina powder on the market.

This blue spirulina is very effective for these reasons and even may help some people with nerve pain.  As noted above, clinical research supports these claims as well. Shop here.

Shipping direct is very quick from this company, unlike many places during these challenging times.

You can also find on Amazon.

Suncore Aqua Blue Spirulina

Suncore Aqua Spirulina is an all-natural and purely organic blue spirulina.  It comes in a 2 oz resealable eco bag.

Highly-rated for taste and quality and I personally find this one to be very vibrant and nice.

Buy on Amazon.

 

Pop Joy Spirulina is another pure and highly rated form of spirulina that is both vegan and Paleo as well as gluten free. This brand is a more affordable than the previous brands.

A relatively new company, but a stickler for standards, Pop Joy spirulina is produced and packaged in California.  Buy on Amazon.

 

How to use blue spirulina

Containing a rare natural blue color, blue spirulina can be added to just about any dish that you want to enhance.

To start with, add slowly to your diet so that your digestive tract can adapt to these potent foods.  

I admit that I haven’t tried to bake with it yet, but if you have to drop me a line and tell me how it turns out.   The Aztecs made cakes out of it, so I’m sure it would be amazing in baked desserts. 

One thing I can tell you for sure is that it makes every day feel a little more special when I use it in my “lattes” or smoothies. 

By the way, you can also get natural red dye from beets in case you were curious like Organic Red Beet Supercolor Powder 

 

Blue Latte Recipe Tips

A simple way to enjoy healthy antioxidants is to simply mix blue spirulina powder into heated milk with your desired flavorings.  Done.  Now you have a beautiful blue latte. 

Making a blue spirulina latte by The Healthy RD You can add about 1/2 tsp of blue spirulina to any kind of nut milk or dairy milk to give it a wonderful natural color. 

Here is what I do to make a tasty blue “latte.”   

 

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Blue Latte Recipe

This latte is super simple and filled with the antioxidant phycocyanin from blue spirulina. Delicious and clean.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time2 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blue spirulina
Servings: 1 person

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp blue spirulina
  • 1/8 tsp ginger, dried can use cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest optional but recommended
  • 1 tsp honey optional

Instructions

  • Heat up the milk in a saucepan until desired temperature. Mix in the rest of the ingredients, frothing if desired.  I sometimes use my Keurig milk frother, which gets it to the perfect temperature for sipping. 

Other Blue Spirulina recipes

Want to elevate your food? I’m sure you will love these recipes as much as I do.

If you have your Blue Majik, give these fun recipes a try:

Precautions

Blue spirulina is generally recognized as safe, so no adverse reactions are expected.  Spirulina side effects are rare and usually occur because someone eats more than 2-3 tablespoons per day. 

Gradually increase your intake of spirulina. 

All websites lump the nutrition facts of blue spirulina and green spirulina together, so it is impossible to know how much vitamin K is in blue spirulina, but it would likely be less than green spirulina. 

Green spirulina contains a very moderate amount of vitamin K at 24 micrograms per 100 grams.  Still, if you are warfarin, make sure to check with your doctor before eating spirulina.  

Look for high quality brands that do not have contaminants.  This is because algae grows in water, so the quality will depend on the quality of water where it is grown. 

Summary

Blue spirulina, along with green spirulina, are great ways to kick up the antioxidants in your diet to the next level. They may help you feel more energy and vitality along the way.

As with anything, make sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider before adding anything into your health routine.

This post is meant for informational purposes only, is not evaluated by the FDA, and is not meant as medical advice.  It is  not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure illness.

 

 

8 Comments
  1. Super interesting! I haven’t ever tried blue spirulina before but we’ve been making tons of smoothies lately and I think it’d be a great addition. Thanks for the education!

  2. It adds such a pretty color to smoothies and drinks! Bonus for having excellent health benefits :).

  3. Super interesting! Would love to try in a smoothie.

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