When we talk about thespirulina,in reality we are not referring to aseaweedblue! Therespirulinais a species belonging toCyanobacteria, in fact, these are microorganisms extremely rich in proteins. Therespirulinait is appreciated by sportsmen, naturalists and also in the medical field: it is considered a good food thanks to its propertiesimmunomodulators, useful for relieving the symptoms of allergies. Another peculiarity of thespirulinait is its protein content which amounts to about 60%.
To facilitate its dissemination, thespirulinais often presented as a 'seaweed or a "micro-alga ". Although belonging to cyanobacteria, this definition in common jargon can "to pass"but in the collective imagination it must not be associated with the classic seaweed that has a long tradition of food consumption.
Definitions aside, thespirulinais considered a "super supplement ": it is rich in proteins, iron, beta-carotene (with a concentration 30 times higher than that of carrots), vitamins, mineral salts and trace elements. Due to its characteristics, thespirulinait has often been at the center of research in various fields, from the medical field (thespirulinait seems to have anti-cancer properties) up to the government one (thespirulinahas been taken into consideration as a cornerstone to fight malnutrition and hunger in the world). In the sports field thespirulinait is often taken by athletes both during training and during convalescence.
For more information on the use and any contraindications of thespirulina, we refer you to this study. Below is a list of the alleged "beneficial effects"of thespirulina:
- Powerful antioxidant
- It stimulates the immune system
- Detoxifies the body of heavy metals
- Counteracts Mediterranean anemia (thanks to iron)
- Reduces cholesterol levels
- Toning effects for the body
- Restores energy and vitality (thanks to iron)
- Reduces the feeling of fatigue
- Promotes the increase of muscle mass (thanks to the high protein content)
- Reduces muscle cramps
- Promotes oxygenation of the body and muscle tissues (thanks to chlorophyll)
- Promotes general well-being
- It reduces stress
- Stabilizes blood pressure
- It has a protective action on the skin
- Gives shine to hair, nails and skin
- It acts as an appetite regulator and reduces the feeling of hunger