Spirulina is a freshwater or sea algae that is characterized by a high content of minerals and antioxidants. Our article aims to introduce the subject of the benefits of using this substance.
- Spirulina – properties
- Who should use spirulina?
- Mechanism of action and contraindications
- How to use?
Spirulina – properties
Spirulina is a microscopic, marine algae with a blue-green color. This emerald algae is an excellent source of phycocyanobilin, bioflavonoids, folic acid and unsaturated fatty acids.
Who should use spirulina?
The recipients of this preparation should be people on a low-calorie diet, vegetarians, smokers, as well as anemias and patients undergoing continuous pharmacotherapy. Due to its antioxidant character, it is often used in people during cleansing diets
Mechanism of action and contraindications
Initial reports inform about the strong influence of spirulina in the context of the nervous system. Spirulina has a large amount of antioxidants that prevent the harmful effects of free radicals on neurons. What’s more, it has eight exogenous amino acids that are not synthesized by the human body.
The digestive system also benefits from the healing properties of emerald algae. First of all, it is responsible for normalizing the amount of digestive acids secreted by the stomach and is an element of prophylaxis of peptic ulcer disease. In addition, spirulina reduces problems within the synthesis of pancreatic enzymes.
Spirulina is also successfully used in the context of inflammation of the states, problems of the immune system, protection of the heart or increased metabolism of lipids and glucose. At the same time, there is no information about the adverse effects. However, people who have problems with phenylalanine tolerance (ie phenylketonuria) should abstain from this supplementation.
How to use?
The normative dose used in scientific research is from 1 to 3, and even 10 g. Rodent tests have been used to calculate the approximate dose of spirulina in humans
– 10.9 g at a weight of 70 kg,
– 14.5 g at 90 kg weight,
– 18.2 g for a person weighing 110 kg.
Due to the lack of more accurate tests, it is recommended not to take larger doses than those given above.