Spirulina and high performance sports

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Sports enthusiasts all over the world have discovered the many benefits of sprinkles. Do you also want to improve your athletic performance with this all natural food supplement? Then it is wise to add spirulina to your daily diet.

The benefits of spirulina and sports are: 

  • Improves your stamina.
  • Accelerates recovery after a workout.
  • Boosts your immune system.
  • Reduces inflammation.

Dietary supplement spirulina

Although the blue-green algae spirulina is miniscule, it is still regarded worldwide as the most nutrient-rich natural superfood on our planet.  

These super healthy sprinkles are an excellent nutritional supplement for athletes. 

Superfood spirulina consists mainly of proteins (65%) and contains all high-quality essential amino acids - including those that the body cannot produce itself. And yes, that is very exceptional for a vegetable product.

Vitamin bomb

Spirulina is also called 'the vitamin bomb'. 

It is rich in: 

-Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B8, B9, B12, C and E.

-Minerals: iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, zinc, selenium, potassium and calcium.

-Essential fatty acids: gamma linolenic acid GLA. 

-Antioxidants: beta carotene, phycocyanin, zeaxanthin. 

 

-Last but not least: spirulina is low in calories. Certainly not unimportant for athletes, for whom weight always plays a major role during sports performance.

Elite athletes

Spirulina is increasingly used by the elite athletes worldwide to improve their performance. Spirulina is becoming increasingly popular, especially among endurance athletes, such as cyclists and runners. 

By the way, did you know that the Chinese Olympic team has its own spirulina farm? That's no coincidence, of course… 

How does spirulina help athletes? 

  • Better stamina
  • Faster recovery 
  • Less inflammation

Studies

Studies show that spirulina increases the stamina of trained runners. During a test, the group with spirulina lasted remarkably longer than the group without this supplement. Findings? They were able to go to higher lactate levels, which gave them more energy.

Research shows that spirulina helps athletes maintain glycogen reserves and get energy from fats efficiently. They also show that the antioxidants - present in spirulina - decrease the oxidative damage in the muscles, achieving better athletic results.

Ultra-runners also use spirulina because it helps to reduce oxidative damage in the muscles. During long distance runs, an abundance of radicals are formed and micro-trauma occurs in the muscles.  

Studies suggest that antioxidants in spirulina help muscles recover faster, improve blood flow and prevent chronic inflammation.

Check the scientific references here.

Phycocyanin: powerful antioxidant

One of the unique antioxidants in spirulina is phycocyanin. This extremely powerful antioxidant is responsible for the blue-green colour and also acts as an erythropoietin (EPO) in the body.  

EPO is a hormone produced by the kidneys that acts on the bone marrow where it stimulates the production of red blood cells, which in turn are responsible for the oxygen transport in the blood.  Increasing EPO promotes improved performance.

 

Boost your immune system

Heavy training schedules have an impact on the immune system, leading to higher susceptibility to infections. 

A study from 'The journal of the international society of sports nutrition' shows that intake of spirulina has a beneficial effect on the immune system. 

Other studies also show that the antioxidants from spirulina have a strengthening effect on the immune system. This means you are less affected by infections, so you can continue to train.

 

Anti-inflammatory effect

There is nothing more annoying than having to interrupt your training due to inflammation. The antioxidants in spirulina help against inflammation. Again, it is the phycocyanin that plays an important role in efficiently fighting free radicals, reducing the risk of infections.

Spirulina is also rich in iron, which contributes to the optimal functioning of hemoglobin, the iron-rich oxygen carrier that supplies the oxygen to the muscles. During intensive training, there is a need for extra iron to combat clinical symptoms such as fatigue and muscle weakness.  

It is the natural combination of vitamins and minerals that, unlike synthetic preparations, ensures that all elements are easily absorbed by the body. This allows you to continue to perform optimally.

ALGO-RITME

The natural, pure spirulina sprinkles of ALGO-RITME contain very high levels of phycocyanin, thanks to our production method.  

Our artisanal way of drying at low temperatures ensures that all antioxidants are maximally retained. These are partly lost in powders and pills of industrial spirulina, which have gone through a spray-drying process.

 

Conclusion

The pure ALGO-RITME spirulina sprinkles are ideal for athletes looking for a natural dietary supplement to improve their performance..

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