Spirulina, super food with healing properties
Spirulina is a nutrient-rich spiral algae, found in the natural alkaline lakes of South America and Africa. For centuries this plant has been an important part of the diet of many communities.
Since 1970 spirulina has been increasingly studied and known, being widely used as a dietary supplement.
Spirulina has a high protein content (50-63%) – three or four times higher than that found in fish or beef – and multiple vitamins (surpassing 3-4 times the amount of vitamin B12 found in animal liver) normally lacking in a vegetarian diet.
Spirulina contains minerals (iron, potassium, sodium, magnesium,
phosphorus, calcium etc.), has an important level of beta-carotene to protect the cells (5 times more than carrots and 40 times more than spinach), an increased volume of gamma-linoleic acid (which reduces cholesterol and prevents heart disease) and phycocyanin (the substance found in spirulina that inhibits the formation of colon cancer).
Nutritional values for 7 g of spirulina
Calories: 20 kcal
Protein: 4 g
Vitamin B1: 11% of the recommended daily dose
Vitamin B2: 15% of the recommended daily dose
Vitamin B3: 4% of the recommended daily dose
Copper: 21% of the recommended daily dose
Iron: 11% of the recommended daily dose
At the same time, spirulina also contains magnesium, potassium and manganese as well as other important nutrients for the body.
Scientists have been doing a series of studies in recent years to find out what properties spirulina actually has. These studies confirmed the following benefits of this super food.
Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties – being a rich source of antioxidants, spirulina protects the body from oxidative stress at the DNA level, but also at the cellular level. Oxidative stress causes chronic inflammation, which contributes to the development of diseases, including cancer. Therefore, the consumption of spirulina has a strong anti-inflammatory effect.
Blood triglycerides decrease, as well as bad cholesterol – in a recent study, 1 gram of spirulina per day can reduce triglyceride levels in the blood by 16.3%, and cholesterol by 10.1%. Since triglycerides and cholesterol that go beyond normal parameters can cause heart disease, spirulina protects your heart’s health.
Candida treatment – according to researchers, Candida is found naturally in the body, in the mouth, in the gastrointestinal tract, but also in the vagina, but when imbalances occur, the bacteria multiplies and you develop a yeast infection, a form of vaginitis. Spirulina is effective in treating yeast infections, having effective antimicrobial properties when it comes to candida.
Lowers blood pressure – the phycocyanin, the substance that offers spirulina its blue shade, has antihypertensive properties, helping people who have problems with high blood pressure.
Energizes the body – spirulina has an energizing effect on the body. According to the famous doctor across the ocean, Dr Oz, if we mix 1 teaspoon of spirulina with 350 g of lime, we will get an energy drink with which we can successfully replace coffee.
Accelerates weight loss – high protein diets accelerate weight loss, “melting” fat deposits.
Soothes the symptoms of allergic rhinitis – allergic rhinitis is characterized by inflammation of the nasal passages and is triggered by factors such as pollen, animal hair or dust. In a study of 127 people suffering from allergic rhinitis, it has been proven that 2 grams of spirulina per day relieve rhinitis symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion and pruritus in the nose.
Other Spirulina Benefits:
Increases endurance while practicing sports, fights fatigue, balances blood sugar, helps detoxify the body and prevents anaemia.
How to consume spirulina
Spirulina can be eaten both in capsule form and in powder form.
If you choose spirulina as a powder, here’s how you can consume it:
• Dissolve a teaspoon of spirulina powder in a glass of water
• Dissolve a teaspoon of spirulina powder in a morning smoothie
• Use spirulina powder to prepare desserts, especially raw ones
• Sprinkle spirulina in salads, along with spices such as chilli or cumin
• Use spirulina in purees and soup creams