Spirulina is a superfood with amazing health benefits. It is a form of blue-green algae, which is a phylum consisting of single-cell organisms. Similarly to plants, Spirulina has the ability to make their own food. It is a Microalgae that grows in warm alkaline water, it is also rich in various nutrients which is essential for normal body function.
Spirulina is a good source of:
Proteins (contains all essential amino acids).
Vitamins B 1
Vitamin B 2
Vitamin B 3
It also contains magnesium, potassium, and manganese and small amounts of every other nutrient is required in the body.
Its high concentration of nutrients makes it beneficial during pregnancy, dietary deficiency, post-surgery, and some health disorders.
Some studies have shown that spirulina mostly contains a form of vitamin B12 known as pseudo-vitamin B12 which is biologically inactive in humans.
HOW CAN WE CONSUME IT?
Spirulina can be used to make delicious recipes as well as shakes and smoothies. It is consumed in its powdered form as well as tablets or capsules to be taken as a supplement.
There is not enough scientific data to provide the recommended dose for spirulina. However, several types of research have used various doses of it (1-8g per day) and have produced results in humans. Furthermore, the appropriate dose depends on several factors such as age, medical history, and gender.
1. Powerful Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Antioxidants help to prevent damage to the cells and DNA which results in inflammation and may lead to cancer and other chronic diseases. Furthermore, Spirulina is composed of phytochemicals (carotenoids, chlorophyll, Phycocyanin) which reduces oxidative damage in the cells.
2.REDUCES BAD LDL CHOLESTEROL AND TRIGLYCERIDES LEVEL
Heart diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide.
Studies suggest that spirulina can lower bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and at the same time raise “good” HDL cholesterol. This lowers the risk of heart disease.
3.May Reduce Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for several diseases. Furthermore, Spirulina has been shown to reduce blood pressure levels.
4.May Be Effective Against Anemia
Anemia is a condition in which the number of red blood cells or hemoglobin concentration falls below the normal range. Spirulina is rich in iron, this makes it essential for red blood cell production. Hence reduces the possibility of anemia. In addition, the increase in red blood cell production enhances oxygen intake to body tissues.
5.May Improve Muscle Strength and Endurance
Exercise-induced oxidative damage contributes to muscle fatigue.
Spirulina is an antioxidant that reduces oxidative damage during exercise in athletes and physically active individuals. Due to this, it improves muscle strength and endurance.
6. May reduce Blood Sugar levels
Some evidence suggests that Spirulina help to lower blood sugar level, hence reducing the risk of diabetes.
7. Boosts immune system
Several studies have shown that spirulina enhances immunity in humans. It boosts immunity by activating the production of cells. Hence it aids resistance to infections.
Finally, Spirulina is an edible blue-green alga with wonderful health benefits. It reduces blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and cell damage. It also improves the immune system, muscle strength, and endurance.
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