I’ve been eating spirulina. Will it help me run better?

Alexei Sorokin
3 min readMay 6

In case you don’t know, spirulina is a type of algae found in oceans and lakes. It’s easy to confuse with seaweed, but it’s not. It’s algae. The filtered and dried biomass can be used as a dietary supplement.

It’s considered a nutritious superfood. “Superfood” can sound like a buzzword — social media is full of influencers and nutritionists who swear by different foods and diets. But if NASA’s opinion is of any credibility, then it’s worthwhile taking a closer look at spirulina — it has been tested and recommended for astronauts.

I didn’t notice spirulina because of NASA. Last year I had a consulting contract with a biomaterials company making materials and products out of microalgae, albeit not in the nutrition space.

So I became aware of microalgae and then educated myself on spirulina because of my interest in its benefits for endurance fitness. I’m a runner. Generally, I avoid supplements, hoping I can get all nutrients from eating in a balanced way, but there is a first time for everything.

Spirulina is rich in nutrients, boasting a 60% protein content, and is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants. It is also a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid.

When you explore the benefits of spirulina, you come across a very extensive list: gut health, immunity, heart health, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.

However, I wasn’t looking for some generic do-it-all supplement. As I mentioned, I was curious about supplements that improve endurance fitness.

This is what I found:

There were several other similar studies. All seem to point to spirulina’s benefits for athletes.

Two weeks ago, I went to Whole Foods and bought Spirulina in the form of a powder. It’s available as tablets, but I wanted to taste it…

Why do I get so annoyed by patronizing sobriety stories?

I ran ten miles in under an hour. It took eight thousand miles to prepare.

Signed up for another marathon in a month. Riding the wave.

I’m ready for my marathon. Ready to surrender.

My sub 2.45 marathon: my best, happiest race so far. Getting faster with age. You can too.

I think every human, every kid is a potential athlete. EVERY.

My 90-mile week in running. In pursuit of excellence and in defiance of goal setting.

The trick is to keep running (and writing?)

So let’s talk about obesity.

I will never fall out of love with these…

Alexei Sorokin

A Russian immigrant in America, father of 4, Cambridge and Harvard Business School alum. I run and write every day. More here: https://linktr.ee/alexei.sorokin