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Spirulina Benefits, Uses ,Dosage &Nutritional Value

Published : Jun 27, 2020 3 mins read Updated On : Jul 26, 2022

Due to a busy lifestyle of many, it has been difficult for many to keep a track of their nutrition. And that’s what gave a rise to the supplement industry. In recent times, there has been an active approach on supplement consumption to bridge up the nutritional gap that is created due to current lifestyle people are leading.

Supplements like Vitamins, hydration, proteins are much in hype. Of many such supplements, one such is Spirulina. 

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What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a type of bacteria known as cyanobacteria or “blue-green algae” which is labelled as safe for human consumption. It comes in various forms, the most common being the powder form. This plant based algae grows in lakes and at times in conditions that can be far extreme for other organisms. The production of Spirulina involves collection and freezing, drying and then sold as a powder, which can be added to specific drinks and foods or used in supplements. 

Also Read: Daily Health Benefits of Spirulina

What are the Nutritional Value in Spirulina?

Spirulina provides a wide range of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, all of which are important for a good health. One teaspoon of Spirulina contains the following nutrients total Calories – 20, Protein – 4.02 grams, Carbohydrates – 1.7 grams, Fat – 0.54 grams, Fiber – 0.3 grams

Hence, people who find it hard to consume the recommended amount of protein every day, taking Spirulina can be one of the easiest way to have your daily protein.

Health Benefits of Spirulina

  • 1. Excellent Nutritional Profile : It is because of Spirulina you get three of the major nutrients in your body; potassium, sodum and Vitamin A. Both potassium and sodium helps to regulate fluid balance, muscular contraction, and nerve impulse, whereas, Vitamin A plays a vital role in maintaining the health of the organs (heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, etc.)
  • 2. Healthy heart : According to nutritionist, Spirulina has been proven to improve bad cholesterol and blood pressure. As per research, the impact of Spirulina supplementation on LDL levels and found that by taking just 1 gram of Spirulina every day over a 3-month period, participants LDL levels dropped by 10%.
  • 3. Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Antioxidants helps the body to protect from oxidative stress. Spirulina contains antioxidants in abundance and taking it regularly can help to reduce the impact of oxidative stress hence, reducing inflammation and the risk of developing a chronic disease. 
  • 4. Performance Enhancement: Spirulina can also be useful in physical training. Oxidative stress is the by-product of exercise and hence, consuming an adequate amount of antioxidants can reduce the amount of stress experienced during exercise. 
  • 5. Impact on Medical Conditions: According to research, Spirulina can be effective at reducing a numerous symptoms linked with allergic rhinitis, it can also help in the management of type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

Best Way to Take Spirulina

One of the most common way of taking Spirulina is in a powdered form. All you need to do is add a teaspoon of Spirulina powder with water, mix it and drink. However, one must take into consideration that Spirulina has typically an acquired taste hence it may take a while to become habituated.

If you find it difficult to get used to the taste of Spirulina, you can also add it in a smoothie or fruit juices, this will boost the micro-nutrient content and hence increases the health benefits.

You can also add Spirulina in foods like salads, stocks, soups, stews, pesto, hummus, omelets, and energy balls.

Is Spirulina Good For You?

Spirulina is all about numerous nutrients that are beneficial for your body. Consuming them can have a positive impact on your bodily functions and your overall health.

Dipesh Sharma
Sports and Fitness

Dipesh Sharma is a sports freak, who loves All things Sports who loves to play cricket, badminton. He has been covering topics related to sporting events, news, sports nutrition. Apart from... Read More

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