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7 Properties of spirulina

7 Properties of spirulina

Mireia Cervera 13 July 2017

Spirulina is an incredible food for our health. It is loaded with nutrients with powerful properties for our body and brain. Find out in this post.

Spirulina is an alga unicellular greenish-blue color with a spiral shape, declared by the UN as the "food of the millennium" since it is, according to their studies, the fMost complete power supply in the world. In addition, this alga has been selected by NASA for the diet of astronauts and the= "https://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/media/en/gsfao_cmo_109.pdf"> World Health Organization recommends using it to reduce hunger in the most affected areas of the planet.

Here are 7 properties and benefits of this blue algae for our health:

1. Spirulina is rich in many and varied nutrients
A single tablespoon (7 grams) of spirulina powder contains:

Proteines: 4 grams
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): 11% of the RDA
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 15% of the RDA
Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 4% of the RDA
Copper: 21% of the RDA
Iron: 11% of the RDA

And it also has remarkable amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese.

Its protein quality is considered excellent, comparable to that of eggs, since it containsall necessary essential amino acids.

Although it is often stated that this algae is a source of Vitamin B12, it is not bioavailable for humans, so it is not a reliable source of this nutrient, so it is recommended thatwho does not consume or is deficient in this vitamin, opt for fortified foods or supplements.

Gram for gram, it means that spirulina is literally the most nutritious food on the planet.

2 . Spirulina has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
This sea vegetable is rich in antioxidants that protect us from oxidative damage. Its main active component is phycocyanin, responsible for its blue color.side. This substance fights free radicals and inhibits signs of tissue inflammation.

3. Spirulina can lower levels of LDL (the "bad") cholesterol and triglycerides
: //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23754631 "> Recent studies have shown that this marine vegetable can lower triglyceride levels, and LDL (the" bad ") cholesterol, and in some cases increase cholesterol HDL (the "good").

4. Spirulina appears to have anticancer properties
Some scientific evidence suggests that blue algae may have anticancer properties.The researchers found that the algae activated suicide genes in cancer cells, causing apoptosis, or programmed cell death.

5. Spirulina improves symptoms of allergic rhinitis The use of this algae is a popular treatment for allergic rhinitis symptoms, and recent studies show its effectiveness.

6. Spirulina may be effective against anemia
Although there are different forms of anemia, the most common is characterized by the reduction of red blood cells (or emoglobin) in the blood. It seems to be, according toarticles / PMC4012879 / "> scientific evidence, that supplementation with this algae increases the number of red blood cells, and also improves immune function.

7. Spirulina improves athletic performance <Some studies have shown that spirulina supplementation can increase endurance and even increase muscle strength.

Spirulina is usually sold in powder form, and you can use it to give an exo touch.Attic to salads, toasts, soups, purees, smoothies or juices. It can also be served with guacamole or a pesto. So do not hesitate to include this superfood in your diet.

Mireia Cervera Nutritionist Teresa Carles Healthy Foods Group - Flax & Kale