Learn about these 5 benefits of Spirulina and how it impacts your gut health
It is a cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) that can produce energy from sunlight, just like plants do. These algae were consumed by the Aztecs but gained popularity when NASA proposed to grow it in space and be consumed by astronauts. It has been referred to as one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.
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LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol or also called “bad” cholesterol has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
High in protein and vitamins: 1 tbsp (7 gr) of spirulina provides 4 gr of complete protein, vitamins B1, B2, B3, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and manganese.
Reduces inflammation: components found in spirulina (phycocyanin, phycocyanobilin and β-carotene) modulate the immune system towards a more anti-inflammatory state.1
Prebiotic and antibacterial: spirulina acts as a prebiotic for Lactobacillus acidophilus, while it has also been linked to a reduction of some gram-negative pathogenic bacteria.4