Spirulina is among the world’s most popular supplements.
It is loaded with various nutrients and antioxidants that may benefit your body and brain.This tiny alga is packed with nutrients. A single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina powder contains
- Protein: 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
It also contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that you need.
Its main active component is called phycocyanin. This antioxidant substance also gives spirulina its unique blue-green color.
Phycocyanin can fight free radicals and inhibit production of inflammatory signaling molecules, providing impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
- Removing heavy metals and toxins - Spirulina can bind with heavy metals in the body and help remove them.
- Source of Protein - As many people nowadays are choosing a vegan or vegetarian diet, this algae can be a great addition to your daily diet routine to boost protein intake.
- May Aid in Weight Loss - Spirulina contains about 50-70% protein. When taken 30 minutes prior to a meal it can help you feel significantly less hungry therefore, you will feel fuller for longer and less likely to over indulge. Protein is highly soluble in water which means that it can be highly absorbed by your body unlike other protein-rich food sources such as meat.
- Boosts Energy and Performance - Spirulina is known for its abundance of b vitamins which can boost energy levels. This allows you to improve training and workout results which will enable you to burn more fat. Spirulina's antioxidant content makes it beneficial in decreasing exercise induced oxidation which leads to muscle fatigue and inability to gain muscle.
- Can help improve digestion and bowel health - As spirulina contains chlorophyll, this helps to regularise the digestive system and promote healthy bacteria in the gut.