Today, we’re all about eating healthy and cutting out junk and processed foods from our diet. While we see this shift in eating habits all across the globe, we’ve seen a lot of new food trends and new food items emerge. Spirulina is one such ingredient of a healthy lifestyle that has emerged as a trend.
Since it is new and not talked about very often, through this post we wish to throw light upon some of the advantages of eating spirulina. Read on for details –
What is spirulina?
Spirulina is algae. It is the same algae that is found floating on the top of a pond. So how does this make it’s way to a healthy diet? There is a long history behind this, a major part of which stems from the tribes of Africa who realized that eating it kept them full for long. It wasn’t until 1974 that spirulina was actually declared one of the best foods for the future.
Advantages of Spirulina
- It is a powerhouse of protein.
Spirulina has the highest concentration of protein known to food (65-71% by weight) The amino acids in spirulina have roles in cell metabolism, detoxification, tissue regeneration, repair, and more., and also influence the function of your nervous system, cardiovascular system, hormones, and muscle.
- It is rich in vitamins
Spirulina is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E, and K. Spirulina has the enzymes and nutrients that your body can actually absorb and use intelligently.
- It helps in regeneration of cells.
Spirulina contains phycocyanin which has the ability to trigger the production of stem cells (cells that can become any cells that the body needs- blood cells, immune cells, muscle cells, ligaments, anything!) By producing these stem cells, your body has the continuous possibility of being rebuilt.
- It helps in weight loss.
Spirulina contains zinc, magnesium and essential fatty acids. These help in controlling the appetite and cravings. By eating spirulina, you’re giving your body the raw materials it needs to stay healthy.
- It has anti-aging effects.
Spirulina is incredibly rich in antioxidants that protect against DNA damage and the premature aging of cells.
- It helps in cancer prevention.
Numerous studies have found spirulina to have anti-cancer cells. They also said that compounds in spirulina were found to inhibit HIV-1 replication in the cells.
- It helps fight allergies
Those suffering from symptoms like watery eyes, stuffy nose, itchy throat etc, spirulina is great to opt for as it stops the release of histamine (allergens)