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Adding blue-green algae to your diet can have some amazing health benefits, from reducing the risk of diabetes to giving you more energy each day. There are many types of blue-green algae, including the most popular kinds, spirulina, and chlorella, and it is sometimes referred to as cyanobacteria. Many people do not even realize that algae are a food meant for human consumption, but both fresh and saltwater varieties make a great addition to a healthy lifestyle. To understand how this ancient food source can improve your diet, it is important to understand the many health benefits of this algae.

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1. Contains Important Nutrients

Eating blue-green algae can help to add important nutrients to your diet. For example, just two tablespoons of spirulina powder contain over 40 percent of your recommended daily allowance of copper and more than 20 percent of your recommended iron intake. That same amount of spirulina contains 30 percent of your B2 intake, 22 percent of B1 intake, and almost 10 percent of B3 intake. Also, blue-green algae are a good source of protein, potassium, and magnesium, making it a superfood on its own.

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