Spirulina. Why is it called “superfood”?

What is spirulina?

Spirulina is a bacteria type which is called “cyanobacterium” and it is often referred to as blue-green algae. It can be found growing in fresh as well as in salty water.

Biologists believe that spirulina is the oldest plant on Earth which has managed to survive through millions of years.

I can call spirulina – one of the most unique plants in the world and real superfood and I’m going to explain you why.

Spirulina benefits.

Spirulina is the real treasury of minerals, vitamins and amino acids, so necessary for people (in general, there are about 2000 of them). It has, in fact, the richest nutritious value than any other food on the planet. And all that precious set of nutrients is hidden under the highly digestible cover. The protein concentration in spirulina reaches 70 percents!

Only in 10 grams of spirulina you can find as much beta-carotene as in 10 kilos of dried carrot.  But don’t be afraid about the overdose of beta-carotene because your organism will take only as much as it needs to transform it into Vitamin A.

Spirulina is a good source of Vitamin B1, B2 and B3, which makes the intake of spirulina crucial for the healthy nervous system.  Spirulina doesn’t contain Vitamin 12 as some Internet sources claim.  Spirulina, indeed, contains  Vitamin B12-like analogue, so called pseudovitamin B12. However, studies showed that your organism will not be able to use Vitamin B12, containing in spirulina, the same way as it will use the vitamin B12 we usually refer to as this vitamin B12 analogue is not active in humans.

Spirulina is an incredible source of antioxidants.
Spirulina can improve the state of patients who suffer from the Type 2 diabetes.

It is reduces the production of histamine, an organic compound which excessive content in tissues, is a sign of the coming allergic reaction.

Chemical composition of spirulina.

Arginine neutralizes the effect of toxic substances in blood and it increases libido

Thiamine is required to support the normal functioning of the nervous system, it helps to fight the insomnia and fatigue. It normalizes the heart rhythm.

Gamma-linolenic acid is a great means to prevent and treat cases of arthritis.

Inositol is needed to maintain the healthy liver function. It takes part in removing carcinogens from an organism and regulates the healthy level of female hormones. It also stabilizes the cholesterol level in blood.

Tyrosine acts as an anti-aging agent. It is even called the elixir of life as it is believed to prevent the appearance of gray hair.

Glutamic acid is an important component for the healthy brain function it improves mental abilities and reduces the craving for alcohol.

Cystine is crucial for the healthy functioning of the pancreas.

Spirulina is the only plant on the planet which contains phycocyanin. According to some sources, apart from its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it is also capable to fight with the appearance of cancer cells.

Folic acid is used to treat anemia and it increases the hemoglobin level.

Will spirulina make you gain or lose weight?

It really depends. As it takes more energy to metabolize protein-rich supplements (which is spirulina), consuming it contributes to fat burning.

My advice is not to take spirulina together with your food and after it as this way you can consume more food than you usually do without noticing it which will lead to the weight gain. The best way to lose weight with spirulina is to take ur spirulina suplements 20-30 minutes before the food intake. It will suppress your appetite and will make you eat less, this way you will start losing weight.

Is spirulina considered to be safe for children?

Apparently, there haven’t been any special researches carried out on children.  Nevertheless, spirulina hasn’t shown any properties which can cause harm to children.  I would give it to my own child anyway, even though I would choose the brands which I would trust.

As spirulina has a very specific smell and taste, it is much a better option to use it in the form of the spirulina supplements, spirulina capsules or spirulina tablets. Specially for those who are smell-sensitive like myself ))

As you can see, taking spirulina supplements is beneficial for your organism. Please find organic supplements which contain spirulina here.