Spirulina is a type of cyanobacteria, also known as “blue-green algae,” that is safe for human consumption. While it can be eaten whole as a powder, it is most usually taken as a tablet. Spirulina develops in lakes and can even thrive in settings that would be too harsh for other species.
Nutritional value of spirulina.
Spirulina is packed with many antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. One tablespoon of spirulina contains-
- Calories: 20
- Protein: 4 grams
- Fat: 1 gram
- Carbohydrates: 2 grams
- Fiber: 0 grams
- Sugar: 0 grams
Spirulina also have-
- Thiamine (vitamin B1)
- Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
- Niacin (vitamin B3)
Benefits of taking spirulina-
- Better Heart Health
By reducing blood and bad cholesterol spirulina is proven for maintaining good heart health. By taking one gram of spirulina you can lower your LDL cholesterol by 10% in three months.
- Helps with inflammation
Antioxidants safeguard the organism from oxidative stress. Spirulina is high in antioxidants, and eating it on a regular basis may help to lessen the impact of oxidative stress, lower inflammation and the risk of developing diseases like cancer.
- Helps in combating anemia
Spirulina supplements help in increasing hemoglobin which results in an improved immune system. Increased hemoglobin means decreased anemia symptoms.
While more research on spirulina is needed to prove the effects of supplementing it on health, there appear to be a number of benefits linked with spirulina. However, it should be used with caution, and individuals with medical issues should check their doctor before using spirulina.