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Description

Spirulina is a type of algae that has adapted to be consumed as a dietary supplement. It is well known for its high protein content, which gives it a high nutritional value. It also has an important content of fiber and beneficial fats for the body.

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Possible Benefits

  • Decreases in cholesterol level
  • Helps to control alterations in the intestinal flora
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Reduces inflammation 
  • Reduces stress
  • Provides a sense of peace of mind
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Required Equipment

Spirulina tablets or powder.

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How to Do It

The main way to consume Spirulina is by taking the tablets that are made from the plant. It can be taken to accompany a regular meal. It can also be found in powder form to add to other preparations in the kitchen.

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Why it works

  • Being high in polyunsaturated fat, a type of fat that is beneficial to the body lowers cholesterol levels. These fats also help the process of cell growth and the optimal functioning of the central nervous system.
  • The omega-3 in spirulina has the potential to slow the buildup of plaque in the arteries, leading to improved cardiovascular health.
  • As it contains essential amino acids, very important for the normal functioning of the organism, the process of assimilation of nutrients is improved.
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Time Commitment

1-3 minutes

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Suggested Frequency

3-4 times per week (increase gradually)

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Suggested Time of Day

Noon

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Side Effects

In some cases, it can cause upset stomach. Since it can have adverse effects in the presence of certain diseases, it is recommended to consult your doctor before consuming spirulina.

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Notes

  • People with thyroid disorders should be more careful with Spirulina, as some of its components can be negative. Consult your doctor.
  • Some people call spirulina a "superfood" because it has a high protein content.
  • Not to be used as a vitamin B12 supplement.
  • In fact, its possible use in highly vulnerable populations and where people have difficulty accessing a nutritionally adequate diet has been studied.
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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Effect of spirulina Spirulina platensis as a complementary ingredient to reduce dietary fish meal on the growth performance, whole‐body composition, fatty acid and amino acid profiles, and pigmentation of Caspian brown trout (Salmo trutta caspius) juveniles. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/anu.12885
  2. The effects of spirulina on glycemic control and serum lipoproteins in patients with metabolic syndrome and related disorders: A systematic review and meta‐analysis of randomized controlled trials. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ptr.6441
  3. Antioxidant, Immunomodulating, and Microbial-Modulating Activities of the Sustainable and Ecofriendly Spirulina. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5274660/
  4. Nutritional analysis of Spirulina dietary supplements: Optimization procedure of ultrasound-assisted digestion for multielemental determination. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29622214
  5. Effects of spirulina consumption on body weight, blood pressure, and endothelial function in overweight hypertensive Caucasians: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26813468
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