The Super Food For Massive Protein You Never Heard Of

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It’s called a super food for a reason.

Protein is essential to a bodybuilder’s life. If you want to build muscle, then you better get that protein intake. But do you have to eat a giant steak to get that protein? Is chicken the only way you’re managing to bulk up? If you’re looking for a simple alternative then look no further. There’s one source of intense protein that you probably don’t know about and we’re ready to share it with you. It’s called spirulina and it has your back.

In case you didn’t know, spirulina is a blue-green algae that can be used as a beneficial protein for bodybuilders, particularly those that are vegetarians. Now hold on for a minute. Before you dismiss this as some pro vegetarian article (not that there’s anything wrong with vegetarians), let’s take a look at all the benefits of consuming the spirulina algae.

So exactly how much protein does spirulina have? The algae actually contains more than 60 percent protein, a crazy amount that any bodybuilder would appreciate. Imagine getting some spirulina protein powder, pouring a tablespoon into some water and obtaining a massive amount of your daily protein in one go.

Now we know you already have protein powders, you already have your lean steak for your protein intake, but spirulina also proves to be easier to digest and simpler to absorb as well. That’s not the only benefit of the blue-green algae. It also helps with the digestion and breakdown of food, making it a great pre and post workout drink. The food breakdown can translate into energy for the consumer and give you fuel to push through even the hardest of training sessions.

Your immune system will benefit from the algae as well. It boosts the immune system and can work as an antiviral medicine. The benefits on your workout will also be evident. Studies have proven that spirulina can prevent skeletal muscle damage which will prolong muscle exhaustion and ensure for a longer harder session in the gym. So maybe you should give this strangely named plant a try. At the very least it’s something new that can mix up your (most likely) repetitive bodybuilding diets.

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Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.