Spirulina is worth knowing more about. What exactly is this emerging supplement? And what is it good for? We tell you!
What is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a blue-green alga with a spiral shape. Hence the name 'spirulina' in Latin. Spirulina is almost as old as the Earth itself, about 2.5 billion years. Spirulina is seen as an alga that is in between bacteria and plants. Nowadays it is mainly grown in outdoor tanks in warm countries around the equator.
What is spirulina good for?
Spirulina has an exceptionally high nutritional value with a protein content of up 60 to 60%. This is the highest of all foods, even higher than meat or soy! The benefits of spirulina include the following:
- Contains easily absorbable and digestible proteins and a protein concentration of up to 70%
- Rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and K
- Contains calcium, magnesium and iron, of which women are more likely to be deficient.
- Has many essential fatty acids GLA, DHA and EPA, which are useful for the brain and joints.
- Rich source of antioxidants, help remove toxins and free radicals from your body.
- Keep the intestinal flora in balance.
- Stabilizes blood sugar to regulate blood levels correctly.
- Supports the healthy thyroid gland, because it contains iodine.
- Has an anti-inflammatory effect for, among other things, PMS complaints, arthritis and allergies.
- Promotes the overall energy level and immunity due to the above properties.
Spirulina or chlorella? Or both?
Now that you are reading this, you may be wondering what the difference is between spirulina and chlorella. If you are prone to diarrhoea, you better choose spirulina. If you often suffer from constipation, then chlorella is the better option. Do you want a large source of protein as an athlete? Or weight loss support? Then go for spirulina. But if you ingest a lot of toxins, such as smoking, alcohol, working in construction or a carpet business, go for chlorella.
Does spirulina have side effects?
Spirulina has been declared safe by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). This means that healthy people do not experience any negative consequences when they stick to the recommended doses. However, nausea, fatigue, abdominal pain and headaches can occur in people who are just starting to use spirulina. This is because toxins are released in the body. Because spirulina contains iodine, spirulina is absolutely not recommended for people with thyroid problems.
How much spirulina per day?
A normal adult dose is approximately 5 grams per day. Athletes can use 10 grams or more per day.
Which spirulina supplements are there?
BareOrganics Spirulina Powder
Do you want more energy in a day? Or help your body detox in a natural way? Go for BareOrganics Spirulina Powder. Simply add 1 scoop to your favourite green smoothie or recipe. This natural, vegan supplement provides extra energy and immunity support. Has reusable packaging.
NOW Foods Organic Spirulina Double Strength
Prefer tablets? Or are you an athlete? Then go for the NOW Foods Organic Spirulina Double Strength Tablets. This supplement is full of iron, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and GLA to improve the immune system and fight allergies. In addition, the cholesterol level is lowered and the supplement counteracts congestion, sneezing, and itching in case of allergies. NOW Foods supplements are always GMP quality assured. We also have the non-organic variety: NOW Foods Spirulina Double Strength.
NOW Foods Special Two Multi
Or are you looking for multivitamins with spirulina? Then the NOW Foods Special Two Multi is a good option. This supplement has an antioxidant effect and contains many superfoods and herbal extracts, namely organic spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa juice concentrate, green tea extract, organic rosehip powder, lutein, lycopene, bromelain, and papain. Again GMP quality is assured.
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