There are those that may not have heard of Spirulina before, but it’s potential as an all round complete food source is rapidly getting it noticed all over the world and its popularity is growing.
One thing is certain, this small algae has a lot packed into it and could be the one stop shop for all the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs.
What is Spirulina?
It is classified as a microscopic algae and has long, thin blue and green threads. There are over 25,000 species of algae which include seaweed although spirulina is microscopic and best seen through a microscope.
What can it do?
Spirulina contains 60 percent protein as well as amino acids and over a hundred other nutrients. Although it doesn’t contain quite as many amino acids as the amount found in eggs and meat, it has a much wider spectrum of nutrients.
Because spirulina is a very rich source of carotene and contains up to 10 different types, it is a powerful antioxidant and as such can reduce the risk of cancer. This also makes it very effective at helping reduce the effect of aging. Eye health, nerve tissue, immune system and skin can all benefit from this supplements level of vitamin B12.
It can also be used as a supplement as part of a healthy diet, providing up to 70 percent of the daily dose of iron as well as vitamin A, B, D and K. Although it does not contain vitamin C, it does increase the potency of the vitamin in the body.
There are also other benefits including aiding digestion, building muscle mass and improving recovery time for athletes. It is also rich in gamma-linolenic which is present in breast milk. This is thought to make the supplement a good choice to develop healthy babies.
Taking spirulina is straightforward, it is available in a powdered form as well as in tablet form. The tablets usually contain 500mg and it is recommended that you should take 4-6 tablets per day. If taken in powdered form, one spoonful equates to about 3-5mg, However, the taste may not be suitable for everyone.
There are a few side effects that can occur from taking spirulina such as dizziness, itching skin and rashes. These side effects are considered mild and can sometimes be attributed to not taking the correct dose.