Spirulina – The Magical Algae You Need In Your Life!
Spirulina is a blue-green alga that was first known to us after being given as a dietary supplement to astronauts in NASA. It has existed since the beginning of time but its nutritional values were only discovered over the last 20 years.
Spirulina is rich in vitamins and minerals (especially B12, beta carotene, calcium, and iron), contains about 70% complete protein (a protein that contains all the amino acids essential to us), and is easy to digest due to the lack of cellulose. Only a few places in the world have a climate suitable for growing Spirulina such as India, Japan, Greece, and Spain.
Spirulina is considered a “Superfood”, a food that is rich in a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. So what are the health benefits and effects of this magical alga on the body? Spirulina has an anti-inflammatory effect by inhibiting the release of the hormone histamine. Recent studies have shown that consuming Spirulina for 12 weeks lowered cytokine levels in the body by 35%. It also strengthens and regulates the immune system by supplementing nutritional deficiencies to the body.
In addition, Spirulina contains high levels of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps the body to cleanse toxins. The chlorophyll molecule structure is similar to the hemoglobin molecule structure so it can also perform activities associated with hemoglobin such as transporting oxygen supply to the cells and aiding in conditions of anemia.
Consumption of spirulina for over six months may lower blood lipid levels by influencing the regulation of genes that are responsible for the metabolism of cholesterol and TG in the liver. In addition, spirulina has high levels of omega 3, so it contributes to the repulsion of muscle fatigue and is therefore recommended for athletes or people who do any kind of sport on a regular basis.
Spirulina can be consumed in tablets or as a powder. It is recommended to consume it with a large glass of water or vegetable/fruit juice of your choice. It is recommended to avoid taking the supplement before bedtime as spirulina has a stimulating effect on the body.