Spirulina Benefits and Side Effects

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Hi, there!

Spirulina becomes more and more popular among people who are interested in alternative solutions to maintain their health. That is why it is good to know the answer to questions, like:

What is spirulina about?

What is the nutritional value of spirulina?

What are spirulina benefits and side effects?

In just a few minutes time, at the end of this text, you will have all necessary info needed, so that you can decide whether and how to use spirulina!

 

What is spirulina about?

To put it simply: spirulina is actually a seaweed. Seaweed benefits are numerous, and it is worth start using them in one or another way!

But to get back to spirulina: it is cyanobacteria. Very often you will see it named “blue-green algae.” To be even more precise, spirulina is a common name of two species: Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima.What is spirulina about?

Being aware of the terms is good. But even more critical for you is the next chapter:

 

What is the nutritional value of spirulina?

And here comes one of the most fantastic spirulina properties: It is extremely rich in proteins, forming the whopping 60% of its composition!

And what about the other 40%?

It has vitamin B1, and B2 called thiamin and riboflavin. They both are essential nutrients, which means we cannot produce them naturally in our body, and we will have to obtain it from the food we take.

It also contains minerals, like calcium, iron, and manganese. The last mentioned element supports metabolism and development.

Last, but not least, spirulina is rich in fatty acids, like gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), alfa-linoleic acid (ALA), and linoleic acid. GLA is an essential omega-6 fatty acid, which supports the immune system of our body.

Another significant GLA source is borage oil. The last two mentioned acids are omega-3 and omega-6 essential ones which we have to acquire through external sources, like spirulina.

 

Learn more about the benefits of the seaweed soap!

 

I think this is enough for you to understand what a precious gem you may have, consuming spirulina!

Having in mind the above info, let’s see

 

What are spirulina benefits and side effects?

 

Benefits

1. It has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Spirulina successfully fights with free radicals, as the primary “weapon” is a substance, called phycocyanin.Amazing Spirulina Nutrition Facts

2. Spirulina can decrease the bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. At the same time, it might increase the good HDL cholesterol.

3. It can reduce the blood pressure, thus prevent a heart attack and issues with kidneys. But the opposite is also exact. Higher intake levels of spirulina could potentially lead to dangerously low blood pressure.

Be careful, follow the consumption guidelines of the products used, and you will be fine.

4. Spirulina can oppose allergies and nasal congestion.

5. It can reduce anemia levels. The most common spread anemia forms lead to low levels of red blood cells. As a consequence, one might feel dizziness and fatigue. Spirulina intake increases hemoglobin and improves immunity.

6. Spirulina can enhance muscle strength and endurance. Its antioxidant properties help physically active people overcoming muscle fatigue.

7. Last, but not least, spirulina demonstrates anti-aging effect over your body. We have already mentioned its ability to attack free radicals, as one of the culprits in harming body cells and organs.

People, who cannot absorb large food quantities, might benefit from spirulina as a highly concentrated way to receive useful substances.

8. It can purify the body from heavy metals. Imagine: iron in spirulina is 50 times more than iron in spinach!

 

Side effects

If not overused, spirulina is not among the dangerous substances. Based on research, University of Maryland Medical Center suggests there could be a risk of heavy metal contamination, due to the property of spirulina in absorbing these solid substances in the water.

Other potential side effects could be dizziness, vomiting, headache, thirst, stomach pain, thirst, weakness. Avoid spirulina if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you have any doubts, regarding spirulina intake, you always have two safe options, that could eliminate the chance to make a wrong move:

1. Contact your doctor before taking spirulina;

2. Buy high quality, trusted and certified products.

Thus, you will calmly and confidently take delight in this beautiful natural food supplement, which has so many benefits and so few side effects for your health!

 

WATCH this short video about spirulina benefits:

 

Conclusion

I hope, by reaching the end of this text, you already know the central terminology concerning spirulina, what are its main benefits and how to avoid any uncertainties, when using spirulina!

Take action! Go, find appropriate products and try the effect! This is the only way to understand if they work for you, or not!

I would love to hear from you! Do you (plan to) use spirulina? Leave me a comment, and I will answer you!

 

To your “spirulina” future!

Valeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Responses

  • Wow, so many benefits! I see that it is worth taking spirulina. All of the benefits are great, especially that it helps keep LDL cholesterol low and lowers blood pressure. I don’t have problems with these, but I prefer to be proactive about my health. Or try to anyway. Great information!

    • Thank you for your comment, Matts Mom!

      You are raising an essential topic! Very often we start caring for our health when we already got the problem, instead of trying to prevent issues!
      We have to always search for working solutions so that we avoid as much as possible ending up with broken health! Spirulina could be an option with its valuable components.

      Wish you good luck!

      Valeria

  • My trainer said that I should consume foods which supports the immune system. I actually tried a couple of different vegetables but did not like them at all. I will give spirulina a shot.

    • Hi Furkan,

      Thanks for your comment!

      It seems like you are doing drills and spirulina might be one of your solutions. It might help you dealing with muscle fatigue, taking high-quality protein, and a whole bunch of minerals and vitamins!

      It’s worth giving it a try!

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