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Spirulina, properties and health benefits

 

Spirulina , Arthrospira , is a unicellular alga (a cyanobacterium) source of proteins, minerals and vitamins that cultures such as the Mayans or Aztecs consumed for its nutritional value to complement their diet and also to prevent and treat some ailments.

We are going to know the nutritional value of spirulina and what this algae is good for.

Nutritional value of spirulina

Spirulina has omega 3 and omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids , chlorophyll, phytochemicals , it has the 8 essential amino acids ( vegetable protein ), all the fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins (A, from group B, D, E and K) and minerals such as iodine, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and sulfur. In addition, spirulina provides fiber (mucilage) that gives this blue-green algae its satiating effect.

What is spirulina good for and health benefits of its consumption

Spirulina and cholesterol

This cyanobacterium could help prevent dyslipidemias (alterations in lipid metabolism that cause the accumulation of fats in the bloodstream) due to its lipid-lowering action. More information on cholesterol and diet .

Spirulina and inflammation

Spirulina has an anti-inflammatory effect and this means that it is very useful to reduce inflammation in those diseases that have inflammation as a cause or symptom (trauma, obesity, rheumatism, colitis …). The turmeric or ginger are two very effective natural remedies for inflammation.

Spirulina and anemia

This unicellular algae can prevent and combat cases of iron deficiency anemia, since its vitamin C content favors the absorption of iron. In addition, spirulina fights tiredness, a common symptom of iron deficiency anemia.

Spirulina and the intestinal flora

Spirulina seems to have a beneficial impact on the bacterial flora of the intestine, which is altered in cases of drug use such as antibiotics, intestinal pathologies or bad eating habits. Read more about probiotics and prebiotics .

Spirulina and the immune system

This unicellular algae stimulates the immune system and increases defenses in depressed states of the immune system, against pathogens, infections, etc. We also have at our disposal the best medicinal plants and foods for the immune system .

Spirulina and allergy

The beneficial activity of spirulina has been proven with respect to the effects of some allergies, as for example in the case of allergic rhinitis .

Spirulina and cardiovascular diseases

Studies carried out on the consumption of spirulina and vascular diseases indicate the benefits that this algae can provide to prevent or improve this type of pathology. Let us remember that cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality worldwide.

Spirulina and physical and mental fatigue

This microalgae is used to combat fatigue, stimulate and give vitality. It is also recommended for stages of stress and greater physical exhaustion, for athletes, etc.

 

This is general information, consult a health professional before taking spirulina.

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