No less than 980 scientific studies have investigated the properties of this micro-algae. Health Nutrition summarizes all this in a few lines, then you have to push your research further forward using the links mentioned in this article.
What is spirulina?
We will not talk in this article that the consumption of this superfood goes back to the dawn of time and that this seaweed is considered a natural food supplement, healthy and effective by many people.
However, this super food is probably the oldest microorganism on the planet, and depending on its origin, spirulina contains between 50% and 70% of proteins and amino acids of excellent quality. Consumption of spirulina is particularly interesting for athletes, vegetarians, anemic, and adolescents in their growth phase …
What are the main benefits of spirulina
Most studies point out that spirulina can prevent or inhibit cancers in humans or animals. This alga interacts with the immune system that it helps to stimulate. Here are some details about the components of spirulina:
- Chlorophyll: Positive influence on the production of red blood cells, blood purification, it also facilitates the absorption of iron in the blood.
- Phycocyanin: detoxifying and stimulating properties of the immune system.
- Trace elements and minerals: Spirulina contains zinc, selenium, manganese, iron, copper, chromium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus.
- Iron: Rich in iron from 800mg to 1800mg per kg, or 20 times more than wheat germ, spinach or beef liver. It therefore makes it possible to combat iron deficiency anemia.
- Vitamins: A, D, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B7, B8, B12, K and beta-carotene.
- Antioxidants: Gamma-linolenic acid, carotene, phycocyanin, tocopherol, selenium and zinc prevent the formation of free radicals.
The other virtues of Spirulina
This micro-alga can help lose weight by acting as a natural appetite suppressant thanks to the proteins it contains.
It is a concentrate of energy for athletes (ves), rich in iron, vit B12 and beta-carotene, it participates in a good oxygenation of the muscles. Its purifying activity also results in a rapid and effective evacuation of toxins and lactic acid, which improves recovery time after exercise. Spirulina also reduces the risk of cramps.
For regular use as part of a cure for example, the results will be felt after 1 to 3 weeks depending on the metabolism, morphology and fitness that are unique to each.
- Consumption of spirulina in preventive consumption will be between 3 to 5 grams / day.
- In treatment of certain deficiencies or detox consumption is between 4 to 8 grams / day.
- In athletes the dosage of spirulina can reach 10 to 15 grams / day, as well as for people who have damaged nails.
In which cases should you start a spirulina treatment?
- To help slow down the effects of aging.
- To fight acne, anemia, intestinal disorders and leukoplakia (precancerous inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth).
- To stimulate the immune system.
- To regulate and lower insulin levels in diabetics.
- To reduce the harmful effects caused by gamma rays.
- To detoxify the body of heavy metals.
Disadvantages and side effects
Spirulina is a natural product there is no side effect , cons if you are not used to consume it will be wise to start your consumption gradually to avoid certain disorders. Example: 2 g / day the first week, 4 g / day the second … etc.
If you swallow too much of this micro-alga without getting used to it , you risk some headaches, slight vertigo, nausea or some inconvenience (bloating, gas …) from cleaning your colon. It is therefore necessary to get used to its consumption gradually to avoid these inconveniences the first days of use, which are troublesome but absolutely safe.
Against indications: People suffering from gout or phenylketonuria should not consume it. Spirulina indeed contains an amino acid that can cause a reaction in both cases.