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Spirulina weight loss benefits – amazing superfood

Spirulina is a algae that people use as a diet supplement. It is typically considered to be one of the world’s most powerful super-foods. There are two types: The blue, and the green. It is considered a super-food due to its excellent nutritional content and health benefit.

Spirulina protein vs meat and egg

 The quality of the protein is considered excellent since it has all the essential amino acids and have a total of 57% protein. It has more protein than meat, fish, poultry, and soybeans. As far as I know there is no food in the world that have a higher amount of protein.

the following data on essential amino acids are calculated here: https://cronometer.com/ (you can use the tool for free)

All % values are according to recommended daily intake by the US government dietary guidelines

Amino acids profile of spirulina
Essential amino acids in 155 grams of spirulina
Essential amino acids in 155 grams of chicken breast
Essential amino acids in 155 grams of raw egg

As you see in these snippets, the essential amino acids profile of spirulina are far superior to meat and egg. The daily recommended doses of essential amino acids are met at only 155 grams of spirulina, while meat and egg only have half full values at the same amount.

Spirulina algae

Is spirulina good for you?

It is a nutrient-dense food packed with vitamins, including vitamins A, C, E and B vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc and selenium. In particular, vitamin C and selenium are both antioxidants and help protect our cells and tissues from damage

The blue-green alga became famous after it was successfully used by NASA as a dietary supplement for astronauts on space missions.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136577/
Spirulina weight loss

Is spirulina good for weight loss?

The results of a 2016 double-blind placebo-controlled trial suggest that it may aid weight management. In the study, people who were overweight and regularly ate spirulina for 3 months showed improved body mass index or BMI.

how to eat it

You can eat is as powder, that is the most common and
convenient way.

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You can add the powder to smoothies, add to salads or soup, eat it raw, or add to juices

You can also take it in pill form.

Here are some pill variants from Amazon:

You can also take it as bars.

Here are some bars variants from Amazon:

What does it taste like

Spirulina has a smoky, seaweed-like taste.

Usually it is taken in smoothies and the taste gets blended.

Does it have iodine

It is not seaweed and therefore doesn’t have any iodine in its natural environment, it is safe for people affected by thyroid conditions

what is blue spirulina

Phycocyanin is a blue pigment which gives the algae its dark blue pigment when it has been extracted. Blue Spirulina tastes different from the green.

The green-blue algae grow in ponds, lakes and alkaline waterways.

where does it come from

Spirulina is a algae

It grows naturally in mineral-rich alkaline lakes which can be found on every continent, The largest concentrations today can be found in Mexico, Central Africa, east Africa, and Havaii.

side effects

Although few adverse effects are associated, consumption may cause headaches, allergic reactions, muscle pain, sweating, and insomnia in some cases.

how much should i take per day

A February 2016 study in the Journal of Nutrition Research recommends consuming about 4 grams per day. However, it’s possible to safely consume about 7 grams per day, and you shouldn’t regularly consume more than 15 grams per day.

Is it safe during pregnancy

It is considered safe for both pregnancy and breast feeding

However, it is always advisable for pregnant women to consult their Doctor or other qualified health professional before taking any food supplements.

What does spirulina do for the body

Research suggests that it has antioxidant and inflammation-fighting properties, as well as the ability to help regulate the immune system

Does spirulina give you energy

It has been promoted as “the food of the future” with “exceptional constituents” that contribute to high energy levels. A few of these constituents such as polysaccharides (Rhamnose and Glycogen) and essential fat (GLA) are absorbed easily by human cells and help in energy release. Spirulina increases healthy lactobacillus in the intestine, enabling the production of Vitamin B6 that also helps in energy release.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136577/

2016 systematic review and meta-analysis suggests that taking spirulina supplements may have a positive impact on blood lipids, which are fats in the blood. In the study, spirulina was found to significantly reduce total cholesterol and lower LDL — “bad” — cholesterol while increasing HDL — “good” — cholesterol.

Is spirulina good for diabetes

In a study in 25 people with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams per day significantly improved these markers (9Trusted Source).

n a study in 37 people with type 2 diabetes, 8 grams per day significantly reduced markers of oxidative damage. It also increased levels of antioxidant enzymes in the blood (18Trusted Source).

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per 100 grams
Calories 290
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8 g 12%
Saturated fat 2.7 g 13%
Polyunsaturated fat 2.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1,048 mg 43%
Potassium 1,363 mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 24 g 8%
Dietary fiber 3.6 g 14%
Sugar 3.1 g
Protein 57 g 114%
Vitamin A 11% Vitamin C 16%
Calcium 12% Iron 158%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 20%
Cobalamin 0% Magnesium 48%

does it have gluten, is it gluten free?

It is gluten free

Can you take moringa and spirulina together

Both are energy dense superfoods, there should not be any problem taken them together.

Spirulina vs hemp

spirulina have a higher amount of protein, but are usually consumed in lower amount compared to hemp protein. Du to the compete amnio acid profile, spirulina protein is superior to hemp.

what is spirulina pills used for, and what is the effect

  • Spirulina Is Extremely High in Many Nutrients. …
  • Powerful Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Properties. …
  • Can Lower “Bad” LDL and Triglyceride Levels. …
  • Protects “Bad” LDL Cholesterol From Oxidation. …
  • May Have Anti-Cancer Properties. …
  • May Reduce Blood Pressure. …
  • Improves Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis. …
  • May Be Effective Against Anemia

Is it good for your skin?

Applied topically to the skin, this superfood ingredients also works wonders and can boost the overall health and radiant appearance of your skin

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Bjojo runs the Vegan MeatLab blog. He is also doing experiments on Spirulina growing and micro greens. The long-term plan for the Vegan MeatLab project is to come up with the ultimate vegan hamburger based on natural vegan food.

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