Spirulina Health Benefits
Spirulina is up there with being one of the world’s most popular supplements as it is jam-packed with nutrients and antioxidants that can benefit both, your body and your brain, so let’s have a look at some of the main health benefits of this super supplement!
High In Nutrients
Spirulina is a type of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, that can grow in both freshwater and saltwater – it is also said to be one of the oldest life forms on the planet.
Spirulina was first used as an endurance-booster by the Aztecs and was considered to be a superfood as it was an all-in-one source of nutrients, including high protein levels that are comparable to that of eggs. Gram for gram, spirulina might be the most nutritious food on the planet.
The standard daily dosage of spirulina is 1-3 grams – but taking up to 10 grams a day has also been proven effective. This teeny-tiny alga is so packed with nutrients, that a single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina powder contains all of the below:
- Protein: 4 grams
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 11% of the RDA
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 15% of the RDA
- Vitamin B3 (niacin): 4% of the RDA
- Copper: 21% of the RDA
- Iron: 11% of the RDA
On top of the above, spirulina also contains pretty decent amounts of potassium, magnesium, and smaller amounts of lots of other nutrients you need! The quality of the protein found in spirulina is considered excellent, and it also gives you all the essential amino acids that you could possibly need.
It Has Antioxidant & Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Oxidative damage is something that can harm both your DNA and cells, this kind of damage can drive chronic inflammation – which is a contributor to cancer and other diseases.
Spirulina is a really great source of antioxidants, which can protect against oxidative damage – its main component is called phycocyanin, which is the antioxidant substance that gives spirulina its distinctive blue-green colour.
Phycocyanin can inhibit the production of inflammatory signaling molecules while also fighting free radicals and providing impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
It May Improve Endurance & Muscle Strength
Oxidative damage caused by exercise is a major contributor to muscle fatigue. Certain plant foods have antioxidant properties that can assist athletes and those who are physically active to minimise this oxidative damage.
In one study, spirulina was able to enhance endurance while significantly increasing the time it took for people to become fatigued.
It Can Improve Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis is the inflammation of the inside of the nasal passageway that is caused by an allergen such as pollen, dust, or animal hairs.
Spirulina is a very popular alternative treatment for symptoms of allergic rhinitis and there has been evidence showing how effective it is – in one study with 127 sufferers of allergic rhinitis, just 2 grams of spirulina per day drastically reduced symptoms such as nasal discharge, sneezing, itching, and nasal congestion.
Can Be Effective Against Anemia
There are a few different forms of anemia – the most common form is characterised by a reduction in red blood and hemoglobin in your blood.
In a study with 40 older adults with a history of anemia, spirulina supplements were able to increase the hemoglobin content of red blood cells while improving immune function.
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Our best-selling spirulina products are:
One Nutrition Premium Organic Spirulina Powder 100g.
Bursting with more green goodness than you would think, One Nutrition; Spirulina helps you achieve your goals. Unlike many green foods, One Nutrition; Spirulina is easily absorbed by the body, ensuring you get the full benefits from all its nutrients.
One Nutrition Premium Power Greens Powder 100g.
This product is aimed at athletes, busy professionals, anybody not eating a healthy balanced diet providing adequate levels of fruits and vegetables.
One Nutrition Power Greens support energy, healing and repair in the body.
Amazing Grass Protein Superfood 348g.
This organic, all-in-one nutritional shake thoughtfully combines our alkalizing farm fresh greens with nutrient-dense fruits and veggies plus 20g of plant-based protein. With a smooth flavor and satisfying texture, this superfood combo is a convenient way to get the whole food nutrition your body needs with an amazing flavor your taste buds will love!