Spirulina is a green-blue alga that has undeniable properties that affect the health of the human body. It is grown in various regions of the world. These are specially selected places due to favorable environmental and climatic conditions. Such areas are Asia (China, Taiwan, Japan, India), North America (Hawaii), South America (Mexico), and Africa (Chad region).
However, regardless of where the Spirulina comes from, it is important to check whether it comes from a manufacturer who has the necessary certificates and patents. We know then that he does not save on the quality of his products, which is a guarantee of purchasing a product with all of the properties of Spirulina.
Spirulina is currently the most researched food, similar to its cousin Chlorella alga. It is a blue-green alga that grows in pure, alkaline water. Its scientific name is Spirulina Platensis, which belongs to the family of cyanobacteria. The name Spirulina comes from the word “spiral” and refers to its physical characteristics, which looks like a spring.
The history of people’s use of Spirulina goes back to the Aztecs. It was in this culture that this algae was grown and sold at local markets in the form of valuable tecuitlatl – green cookies. However, for centuries it was forgotten, and to discover its value it was necessary to wait until the 70’s, when the French company was the first to start large-scale production of Spirulina.
Recently, it is more and more often referred to as a very valuable Superfood. It is famous for its intense taste and even more intense nutrients, easily absorbed by the human body. Spirulina is extremely rich in:
- protein – a complete protein containing all the essential amino acids
- essential fatty acids – including gamma-linolenic acid
- vitamins – extremely rich source of many vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B7, B9, C, E)
- minerals – a rich source, among others iron, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium
- phytonutrients – chlorophyll, c-phycocyanin, zeaxanthin and lutein
Spirulina is part of a variety of cocktails, energy bars and natural dietary supplements. If taken regularly, it can rebuild and improve our health in a significant way. To date, there are nearly 1,200 scientific articles that evaluate and confirm the properties of Spirulina.
How it works?
According to the researchers, spirulina has purifying abilities, improves metabolism and digestion processes. In addition, it supports the immune system, thanks to which it reduces the risk of diseases (eg cancer) arising as a result of free radicals. Spirulina may additionally also have the ability to stimulate bone marrow stem cells to grow them, slow down the aging process, and may also help repair damaged DNA cells. When it comes to slimming properties, spirulina reduces blood sugar levels, reduces appetite and LDL cholesterol.
Who can use spirulina?
Spirulina can be purchased in the form of tablets (as dietary supplements) or in the form of a powder (used in cosmetic products). Spirulina supplementation is recommended for people with anemia, vegetarians, low-calorie diets and those who smoke or are constantly subject to pharmacotherapy. Its detoxifying ability will help cleanse the body of accumulated toxins.
Who shouldn’t use it?
First of all, children, pregnant and breastfeeding women and persons suffering from phenylketonuria (phenylalanine intolerance). Although no studies have shown the possibility of spirulina overdose, it is better not to exceed the recommended doses.
Spirulina and other food products
According to research, spirulina contains 3 times more calcium than milk, almost 4 times more protein than tofu, 23 times more iron than spinach and 39 times more beta carotene than carrot.
Which Spirulina should you choose?
Before buying the algae, it is worth checking exactly where the product comes from. Spirulina is currently produced in many places, but not all meet the highest quality standards. The largest and, at the same time, the most reliable exporters of algae is Taiwan. It is worth mentioning that not only environmental and climatic conditions are very favorable there, but also legal regulations that determine the quality of the products sold. Also, pay attention to:
- composition – the product should not contain any artificial fillers or dyes
- the type of water in which Spirulina is cultivated – sweet, salty, mixed water determines the biochemical composition of this alga
- product certificates and appropriate quality controls
Why is not it worth risking? Because the use of infected algae can lead to serious problems with the liver.
Only after making sure that the product is of the highest quality, you can start with Spirulina algae supplementation.
What’s with the taste?
This superfood is incredible for you, but because spirulina is a type of microalgae its taste might be quite unusual at first (you do get used to it quickly though).