Spirulina is full of nutrients and antioxidants, helping you remain strong and healthy. It is one of the most widely used and popular of food supplements.
What is Spirulina
Spirulina is an algae that grows both in fresh and salt water, it is a type of cyanobacteria, a single cell body microbe also known as blue-green algae. This algae, like plants, converts sun light energy into food through photosynthesis. The Aztecs widely consumed Spirulina in their diet, and more recently Spirulina was singled out as a type of superfood that could be used in Space travel by astronauts.
Packed with Nutrients
Spirulina is full of Nutrients, it is often referred to as being the most nutritious food in the world, a tablespoon of this dried powdered algae contains;
- only 20 calories
- 4 grams of high quality Protein (with all the essential amino acids)
- Less than 1 gram of fat
- 21% of your Copper recommended dietary allowance
- 15% of Vitamin B2 recommended dietary allowance
- 11% of Vitamin B1 recommended dietary allowance
- 4% of Vitamin B3 recommended dietary allowance
- 11% of your Iron recommended dietary allowance
- omega-6 fatty acids
- omega-3 fatty acids
Spirulina as an Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory
Antioxidants protect your cells and DNA from cellular damage through oxidation. This damage can otherwise even lead to serious types of Cancer and other diseases. Spirulina can protect us from oxidative damage. Spirulina has an antioxidant substance called phycocyanin, and this same substance gives this algae its blue-green colour. Phycocyanin attacks free radicals inside the body, stopping the inflammatory response and offering antioxidant and anti-inflammatory results.
Spirulina can help reduce blood pressure
Half a tablespoon of Spirulina taken daily can help reduce blood pressure and therefore reduce the risk of heart disease including strokes, heart attack and kidney diseases. Spirulina helps the production in the body of nitric oxide, which substance dilates blood vessels, hence the reduction in blood pressure.
Spirulina against heart disease
Just 1 teaspoon per day of dried Spirulina can help lower significantly bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and help increase good HDL cholesterol. Bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides can cause heart disease, hence it is important to keep these at a low level. Spirulina also protects bad LDL cholesterol, that is fat in your body, from oxidising and getting damaged, which could in turn cause many diseases.
Spirulina and Blood Sugar Level
Spirulina can help lower blood sugar levels, helping people with type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar levels.
Spirulina against Cancer
Some studies show that Spirulina can be useful to avoid certain types of cancer from occurring and even reduce tumour size.
Spirulina can help reduce the symptoms of Allergies in the nasal passage
Spirulina is known to reduce inflammation, including the inflammation of nasal passage (allergic rhinitis), caused by pollen, dust and animal hair. Therefore is a great remedy to many allergic symptoms.
Spirulina against Anaemia
Anaemia is quite common in the elderly, this is a reduction in red blood cells in your blood, which symptoms include feeling weak and tired. Spirulina can increase the red blood cell count in the blood and can help improove the immune system.
Spirulina and Muscle growth
Through its antioxidant properties and increased red blood cell production effect, Spirulina can help reduce oxidative damage which in turn causes muscle fatigue.