Spirulina: instant source of energy

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One of the benefits of this superfood, is increased energy and vitality. Logically, this blue-green algae is the most complete dietary supplement in the world. In addition, it is 100% natural! 

Due to its unique composition (Proteins! Vitamins! Minerals! Anti-oxidants!) spirulina contributes to almost every biological process in our body - and is therefore the ultimate energy booster. 

Moreover, because spirulina has a wafer-thin cell wall, it is easily digested. So it is also an instant source of energy.

Protein

Spirulina contains all eight essential amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and muscle tissue. Amino acids also play an essential role in the physiological processes that supply energy to the muscles.

Iron

Fatigue is one of the first signs of iron deficiency. Spirulina contains large amounts of iron. Sufficient iron intake is necessary for the production of hemoglobin, which binds to red blood cells and ensures the transport of oxygen in our body.

A deficiency in hemoglobin causes the heart to work harder to get enough oxygen into the muscles, which in turn leads to a feeling of fatigue.  

The intake of spirulina also maximizes performance in athletes. 

Also read: The impact of spirulina on sports performance.

Antioxidants

What is one of the core tasks of antioxidants? Fighting free radicals, which is important for good health. If free radicals are given free rein, they can cause inflammation and damage to cells.

Spirulina and the immune system

A weakened immune system leads to listlessness and a feeling of fatigue. Spirulina contains - in addition to all amino acids and iron - other unique nutrients, necessary for an optimal functioning of our immune system. 

It is the richest source of beta carotene and mixed carotenoids (including zeaxanthin). It contains the most vitamin E of all natural resources and is 49% more active in the body than synthetic vitamin E. 

It contains 14 different minerals and vitamins A, C, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12. It is also rich in chlorophyll.

It is a huge source of the rare antioxidant phycocyanin.

Spirulina contains essential fatty acids and it is an incredible source of Omega 6 fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Spirulina contains three times more GLA than the evening primrose oil. 

The unique combination of all these elements together ensures that spirulina plays an important role for our immune system. As if all that is not enough, it also detoxifies the blood.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a healthy and natural source of energy, then spirulina is the right food supplement for you. The high bioavailability of all elements (proteins, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) ensures that your metabolism functions optimally and your energy level is maintained. 

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2: Zhu M, Zhu H, Ding X, Liu S, Zou Y. Analysis of the anti-fatigue activity of polysaccharides from Spirulina platensis: role of central 5-hydroxytryptamine mechanisms. Food Funct. 2020 Feb 26;11(2):1826-1834. doi: 10.1039/c9fo02804h. PubMed PMID: 32057057.

3: Kalafati M1, Jamurtas AZ, Nikolaidis MG, Paschalis V, Theodorou AA, Sakellariou GK, Koutedakis Y, Kouretas D. Ergogenic and antioxidant effects of spirulina supplementation in humans. . Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010 Jan;42(1):142-51. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181ac7a45

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