At 7 grams or 1 tablespoon serving of spirulina gives the body:
- Protein: 4 g
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 11% of the RDA
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 15% of the RDA
- Vitamin B3 (niacin): 4% of the RDA
- Copper: 21% of the RDA
- Chlorophyll: 11 mg
- Iron: 1.7 mg
- Magnesium: 3.7 mg
- Manganese: 3 mg
- Potassium: 16 mg
- Calcium: 15 mg
- Phycocyanin: 180 mg
- Beta-carotene: 5.8 mg
- Bioflavonoids: 10 mg
- Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
At that same amount, spirulina contains only 20 calories of which 1.7 grams are digestible carbs.
Its superpowers come from phycocyanin that’s rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Phycocyanins fight free radicals and limit the production of inflammatory molecules within the body.
Reduces Markers of Oxidative Damage
Fatty structures in the body translate to oxidative damage which, in turn, causes many serious problems.
Spirulina’s antioxidant properties help reduce oxidation. In a study, taking 8 grams of spirulina per day showed a significant reduction in markers of oxidative damage and at the same time increased the levels of antioxidant components in the blood.
Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Taking 4.5 grams of spirulina per day helps lower blood pressure because of an increase in the levels of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps the blood vessels to relax and to widen.
Alleviates Allergic Rhinitis
Stop the sneezing and watery eyes due to allergic rhinitis by taking spirulina tablets.
Two grams of spirulina (8 tablets) per day helps reduce nasal discharge, sneezing, nasal congestion, and even itching.
Low hemoglobin or red blood cell count is an indication of anemia. Anemia is more common in older adults who experience feelings of weakness and fatigue most of the time.
Improves Muscle Strength and Endurance
Muscle fatigue is something all athletes, who train hard, are familiar with. Because of spirulina’s antioxidant properties, muscle fatigue may be lessened. Spirulina helps improve muscle strength and endurance which delays the feeling of fatigue.
Helps Lower Blood Sugar Levels
Taking 2 grams of spirulina per day helps reduce blood sugar levels in some cases outperforms the effect of popular drugs for diabetes. In fact, in another study spirulina has been shown to be more effective than the regular, popular medicines for diabetes.
Spirulina Powder Vs. Tablets?
Both are equally good for the body and contain the same amount of nutrients. Whichever form you consume depends on your personal preference and convenience.
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- Has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
- Great source of plant-based protein
- Fights anemia
- Lowers blood pressure and sugar levels
- Alleviates allergic rhinitis
- Blend in smoothies, milk, yogurt, water, or any food you like to it.
- It can also be used as a mud pack for your skin.
- Up to 5 grams of spirulina powder per day