Spirulina is a blue-green algae that has existed for billions of years. It can be found in certain regions, mainly in Asia. It is commercially available in dried form as a powder or in capsules. There are 36 forms of edible spirulina, but it is recommended that pregnant or breastfeeding women consult their doctors before taking it.
1) Protein for keeping fit and losing weight!
Spirulina contains 55 to 70% protein -even more than soya (35%)! As a result, it increases the sensation of fullness and can therefore help with weight loss.
The production of this micro-algae can help fight against malnutrition, thanks to its extremely high protein content. Furthermore, it contains essential amino acids. Spirulina contains the protein phycocyanin, which has detoxifying properties and can stimulate the immune system.
Spirulina is equally an excellent source of iron, containing 20 times more than wheatgerm!
2) Its chlorophyll helps purify the blood
The chlorophyll present in blue-green algae promotes the formation of red blood cells and contributes to blood purification, thanks to its magnesium content. This vegetable pigment reinforces the immune system and helps protect against infections, especially respiratory infections, and it also helps digestion. For women, it reduces ovarian cysts and regulates periods.
3) Antioxidant effects
Thanks to its antioxidant components such as gamma-linolenic acid (omega 6), phycocyanin (protein), tocopherol (vitamin E), carotene, selenium and zinc, spirulina can help slow down ageing and prevents the formation of free radicals.
The gamma-linolenic acid, or omega 6, in spirulina can make the skin more soft, supple and elastic.
4) Anti-inflammatory properties
During a study in Turkey on 129 people who suffer from allergic rhinitis, taking 2 g of spirulina per day for 16 weeks was found to be much more effective than placebo for reducing participants’ symptoms. Spirulina could therefore have anti-inflammatory properties, and when taken at a dosage of 2g per day for 12 weeks, and can reduce the symptoms that go with nasal allergies such as allergic rhinitis.
5) It improves physical performance
According to a study carried out on 16 non-active participants, the consumption of spirulina increased their resistance to effort, by reducing breathlessness and post-exercise muscle pains. Another trial conducted on 9 active individuals who exercised regularly showed that consuming 6 g of spirulina per day for 4 weeks improved their physical performance.