The Benefits of Spirulina: A Surprising Food You Probably Didn’t Know About

November 25, 2014
What is spirulina and why are people calling it a superfood?

It might not look overly tempting at first sight, with its very peculiar aroma and intense green color. Yet, beyond its strange or unusual appearance, spirulina is a true super-food because it is capable of providing an incredible variety of all sorts of nutrients. So, what are the benefits of spirulina?

Both the WHO (World Health Organization) and the UN (United Nations) have recommended adding it to your diet as a dietary supplement. And if that weren’t enough, NASA has included spirulina in astronauts’ diets during space missions. That certainly gives us an idea of the high nutritional value that this natural product provides.

In addition, many high performance athletes frequently consume spirulina. It enables them to improve performance, because it can reduce recovery times and strengthen defenses.

If you want to enjoy the benefits of spirulina, find out more below.

What is spirulina?

Generally speaking, spirulina is a blue-green spiral-shaped seaweed. However, studies show that it isn’t exactly a seaweed, but rather some other sort of living organism.

But independently of its name, what is truly interesting about spirulina is that it contains much more digestible proteins than beef, for example. In addition to that, it contains a wide array of nutrients that are highly beneficial for the body.

In regards to its vitamin content, spirulina contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, B6, folic acid, as well as vitamins E and H. We also know that spirulina is the richest source of the natural vitamin B12.

Spirulina magic…

Spirulina possesses truly surprising health effects and has been around in the human diet for hundreds of years. There are even researchers that assure us that it formed part of the menus of some American civilizations, like the Incas or Aztecs. They really appreciated it and combined it with other foods.

Did you know that spirulina can help you lose weight?

Spirulina tablets.

Consuming spirulina immediately creates an appetite-reducing effect. This creates a sense of fullness, or at least, staves off hunger for longer periods of time.

It is rich in different nutrients, proteins, and minerals, and reduces the body’s demand for ingesting more foods. That’s why experts recommend this natural product especially for people that need to lose weight.

Appetite reduction produced by spirulina makes it much easier to reduce the amount of food consumed at each meal, as well as how frequently you eat. In this way, the process of losing weight becomes much more manageable. You won’t have to go hungry or be tempted to indulge in food you shouldn’t.

Spirulina is also very rich in iodine, a very effective component for stimulating the thyroid gland. This increases and promotes metabolism making fat reduction a much faster process.

On the other hand, spirulina does possess a heightened amount of phenylalanine. This is an amino acid that also helps reduce the sensation of appetite, along with its many other functions in the human body.

The benefits of spirulina against aging

Another important aspect that you should know about the benefits of spirulina is that it includes antioxidant agents. These can help to keep you young, because it slows the effects of aging. This benefit is especially notable in skin, nail, and hair appearance and health.

When we say that spirulina contains antioxidant effects, this means that they reduce the negative effects of the so-called free radicals. These are highly reactive substances that accelerate the aging process. This deteriorates cells and tissues. Free radicals are produced in the body by following an unhealthy diet, subjecting yourself to stress, and when you are locked into a sedentary life.

Read more: How and When to Take Spirulina for it to be More Effective

How do I get it? How do I take it?

A lot of people consume spirulina in capsules or as a powder extract. You can also find it in hard, compact pills which can be bought in health food stores or herbal stores.

You will definitely be able to find it in stores like herb shops, dietary stores, and natural pharmacies. At the same time there are also a large amounts of online stores that offer it among health care products.

The benefits of spirulina in a smoothie.Normally, spirulina is offered in a powder form that can be used to “flavor” your fruit or vegetable smoothies, as well as to sprinkle it on salads.

How much can I take?

Experts recommend that children and people that recently began incorporating spirulina into their diet, begin with a dose of 3 to 5 grams a day. For adults, you can slowly increase this daily dose until reaching 5 to 10 grams a day.

Although you may want to lose weight, you shouldn’t think that the more spirulina you consume daily, the more weight you’ll lose. As we all know, and according to the proverb, “anything is excess is bad”, your body is only able to properly absorb a certain dose of spirulina each day.

See more: How Spirulina Can Help You Lose Weight

Keep in mind that the weight loss process doesn’t happen overnight, and you shouldn’t lose hope. It’s important to follow the recommended dose and the appropriate amount of food for your physical conditions.  Your results will be much better because you will reach your desired weight and you will stay healthy so as to fully enjoy it.

And lastly, did you know that because of the amazing benefits of spirulina, many experts consider it to be one of the “super-foods of the future”? So, don’t wait any longer, take a chance and incorporate it into your diet. Take advantage of its incredible effects on your body!

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