The trendy superfood that is now recommended by all nutritionists and food bloggers is spirulina. But what is it, how to use it and who should not? We will cover this in a new article.
Spirulina is a superfood that everyone is crazy about these days. It is added to food and smoothies, taken in tablets and recommended to friends. But why is everyone so excited about spirulina?
What is spirulina
Spirulina is an ancient freshwater microalgae that is blue-green in color and has a spiral shape. Under natural conditions, it grows in only three lakes: its growth requires a special environment and microclimate.
However, in many countries, including Ukraine, spirulina began to be grown on farms.
The health benefits and harms of spirulina
Spirulina is not only an algae. Scientists believe that it is half a bacterium too. Therefore, spirulina contains a lot of proteins that are easily absorbed by the body, amino acids and vitamins that our body cannot produce on its own.
Nutritionists are sure that spirulina is an indispensable addition to the diet of vegetarians, pregnant women and children with low hemoglobin, as well as those who suffer from anemia.
Benefits of Spirulina
So what are the known health benefits of spirulina? Here are some reasons to consume it in your diet every day.
1. Lots of protein
Spirulina is known for its high protein content, nutritionists say. However, in order to support the body with the norm of protein every day, spirulina should be combined with other products. So it will be tastier.
For example, you can add one tablespoon of spirulina to your morning smoothie with Greek yogurt and berries.
2. Great source of iron
One tablespoon of spirulina contains 4.3 milligrams of iron, which is 24% of the recommended daily allowance for women and 54% for men. Spirulina is important for the female body because we need iron much more than men. Especially during menstruation.
3. Help with detox
Phycocyanin, a pigment-protein complex found in spirulina, is very important for detoxification. It prevents oxidative stress and promotes the natural elimination of toxins from the body.
4. Lots of magnesium
Magnesium helps maintain bone and heart health and helps reduce daily stress. One tablespoon of spirulina contains more magnesium than half a glass of fresh spinach.
Who should not take spirulina
Spirulina is a very healthy superfood that definitely has a place in the fridge and in smoothies. But not everyone can afford such pleasure for health reasons. Among them:
- people with gastrointestinal diseases;
- suffering from chronic kidney disease;
- people with individual intolerance.
How to choose spirulina
Spirulina is sold in tablets and powder. The tablets do not smell at all, but the powder has a pronounced fishy smell and taste that not everyone will like. It is recommended to use spirulina powder.
But even here you need to be careful. Spirulina grown in the wrong conditions and algae fed with bird droppings and harmful additives will become toxic and will not bring any benefit.
Be sure to look for the designation on the packaging — a green leaf (organic icon).
High-quality spirulina costs at least 200 hryvnias per package, so you should not deceive yourself with cheap algae: in this case, the miser pays three times.
How to take spirulina
Spirulina is not a drug, but a dietary supplement. However, you should be more careful with it, because if the dosage is exceeded, you can get sick with pain in the stomach, intestines, tachycardia, vomiting and nausea.
For preventive purposes, take no more than 1 teaspoon of spirulina, and for medicinal purposes — no more than 2 teaspoons.
Spirulina should be taken every day for a whole month, and then take a break for 2–3 weeks. However, if you feel that you no longer want it, feel free to exclude it from the menu.
Rules for taking spirulina:
- do not heat or freeze;
- do not combine with dairy products and postpone dairy products for six hours.
Spirulina is taken as part of a smoothie, with salads, fresh vegetables and fruits, juice.
Have you taken spirulina? Did you like it or not?