We all know that there is no magic pill to make us healthy and fit. But that doesn’t mean we should sleep on the fact that there are supplements out there that can increase our energy, help to improve our immune system, jump start metabolism to aid in weight loss and easy anxiety and stress. Wishing you could pack all these health benefits together in a pill? Well, you already can thanks to a pill called Blue Majik.
Health nuts have probably already seen blue smoothies, lattes and acid bowls all over Instagram featuring the cool blue tone with the hashtag #BlueMajik. For those who haven’t head of it, or don’t know exactly what it is, Blue Majik is actually a branded product of the spirulina extract. It’s spirulina that takes all the credit for its “magically” powers here.
What Is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a blue-green mircoalgae that is believed to have lots of health benefits. There are studies that found it be boost immunity, as well as have anti-inflammatory properties.
There are claims that spirulina wards off weight gain, increases energy, aids in digestion, promotes heart health, enhances athletic performance , promotes a healthy immune system and more. It has also been taken for anxiety, depression, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, and even panel and HIV/AIDS.
Superfood or Super Fake?
Although there have been some research conducted on the algae and its health effects, there just isn’t enough. This is the exact sentiment the National Institute of Health (NIH) stands behind.
The studies done suggest that the blue algae may have a positive effect on the immune system, but these tests were done on animals and in test tubes—not on humans.
But just because there isn’t enough studies, this doesn’t mean that it isn’t a superfood. Spirulina is rich in protein (3 grams of protein per 2-teaspoons), which is why it is often used as a nutritional supplement. It is also packed with amino acids, antioxidants, beta-carotene, as well as provides a source of calcium, iron and vitamins A, E, and B—just to name a few.
Why So Blue?
Wondering what gives it that blue color? It’s from the C-phycocyanin protein that have antioxidant properties.
But Is It Just Another Fad?
Since its is full of nutrients, basically the latest superfood to enter the scene. It has been around for centuries, with the Aztecs harvested it from Mexico, and it was also used in Africa.
And while it has been incorporated into diets for a long time, it’s still unclear how well the algae works to battle any of these conditions or increase overall health.
Many might have the why not attitude when it comes to trying spirulina, but it’s important to buy the superfood from a reputable company. That’s because it can be contain mated with toxic metals and other harmful bacteria. It’s also not a good idea to take it for those who are under 18, especially children, and pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Spirulina comes in either a powder or a pill form. It is used to make all those fun, blue colored smoothies, bowls, yogurts, breakfast pudding, even white sticky rice.
After adding Blue Majik to my morning smoothies in hopes to boost my immune system this flu season, what I can say is that it does help to make me fuller longer. Plus it looks fun to drink!