Medicinal plants


What is spirulina and where does it grow?

Spirulina, also called spirulina platensis, is a kind of alga belonging to the Cyanobacterica class with a spiral shape and green-blue color. This alga is born and grows spontaneously in the salt lakes of tropical areas that allow it to proliferate due to their high concentration of heat and alkalinity. The temperature and the quantity of salts in the water are in fact essential prerogatives for the growth of the alga. Spirulina is now grown mainly in Mexico and China but is also found in South African salt lakes, such as Lake Chad. The alimentary use of spirulina has been known since ancient times. Until 1500 it was a primary source of food for the Aztecs and other pre-Columbian civilizations and its use has also been documented among the Romans and the ancient African populations.

What are the therapeutic properties of spirulina algae?

The nutritional and therapeutic properties of spirulina are now recognized worldwide, so much so that it is increasingly counted among the “super-foods” of the 21st century. Due to the high concentration of proteins, minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids it contains, spirulina is considered a complete food able to collaborate in the well-being of the organism from many points of view. Since all its nutritional principles are well balanced, it can first of all be a valuable aid in the normalization of cholesterol levels and in the optimization of the immune system. Its high concentration of antioxidants (beta-carotene, vitamin E, zeaxanthin) make it an arch enemy of free radicals and its intake can therefore considerably reduce the aging process of the skin. Thanks to the high content of vitamin A, essential for the normal functioning of the sebaceous glands, spirulina can also help fight acne and regulate the functioning of the ovaries.

The use of spirulina algae as a food supplement

The use of spirulina as a food supplement has become more and more popular over time in different environments, first of all that of competitive sports. The high concentration of vitamins and proteins of which it is composed makes this seaweed an excellent natural alternative to the multi-vitamin and energy supplements used by athletes. It is also used by those who practice body building because, if accompanied by constant training, it helps to increase muscle mass. Spirulina is also widely used by those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet because it is useful to cover the daily requirement of proteins and amino acids in the diet. By inducing a sense of satiety, it is also used by those who follow a diet for weight loss or, at the end of the diet, to reduce the chances of regaining the lost pounds. The use of spirulina is also increasingly popular among pregnant women because it provides the necessary nutrient supply to both the mother and the fetus, thus avoiding the risk of malformations and damage due to food deficiencies.

Spirulina: Dosage, contraindications and advice on the use of spirulina

Due to its highly energizing properties it is recommended to start taking spirulina gradually, starting with a minimum dose to increase over time. In general, 10 g per day are able to cover the daily needs of vitamins and iron but before starting the intake it is still advisable to ask for a medical consultation because the dosage changes according to the use that you want to make. right doses and methods, spirulina does not involve side effects (it is contraindicated only in case of hypothyroidism and autoimmune diseases) but it is always good to take it in cycles, alternating a period of use of 3/4 months with a pause period of about two months. Seaweed can be purchased in herbal shops, pharmacies, and online in the form of tablets, lozenges, powder or drops.

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