Spirulina is one of the best superfood, which contains maximum nutrition required by the human body. Spirulina is one type of blue-green algae. This spirulina is a microscopic fresh-water organism. It is also known as cyanobacteria. It contains B vitamins, beta-carotene and vitamin.
We normally use two types of spirulina maxima and Spirulina platensis. These occur naturally in warm, alkaline, salty water. Spirulina is the best source of protein. According to WHO (World Health Organisation), spirulina is the best food to fight malnutrition. According to recent studies, spirulina contains more than 60% of the protein in it. Spirulina contains a protein similar to animal protein but does not contain any saturated fats or antibiotics found in some meats.
Benefits of Spirulina
There are the number of benefits of spirulina but there are few given below.
1) Spirulina is one of the best protein-rich food
Spirulina is famous for many benefits of it but the best one is its protein content. Spirulina normally contains more than 60% of protein in it.
2) Spirulina works as antioxidant
Antioxidants are those compounds, which combat cell damage and DNA damages that causes cancer and other diseases. There are some antioxidants form in body and others found in food.
3) Spirulina is extremely high in nutrients
Spirulina is a type of cyanobacteria, therefore it produce energy via photosynthesis. It contains maximum percentage of protein, which is more than 60% of its total. Spirulina contains protein, vitamins, copper, iron, zinc and many more other nutrients.
4) It can help in maintaining cholesterol level
One of the main reason for unnatural death is heart disease and the cause of these heart attacks are cholesterol. Spirulina can lower LDL, which also called as bad cholesterol and increases HDL, which is good cholesterol and maintains the cholesterol level.
5) Spirulina has anti-cancer properties
According to a study, spirulina has anti-cancer properties. This research indicates that spirulina can reduce cancer cells and tumour size. Scientist has studied well on oral cancer. The study examined on 87 people and found out that who took 1-gram spirulina daily reduces their tumour up to 46%.
6) Spirulina reduces blood pressure
According to study if someone is taking 5 to 7 gram of spirulina per day then it, reduce blood pressure with normal levels. This reduction occurs because of increased production of nitric oxide, which reduces blood pressure.
7) Spirulina improves muscle strength
In the human body, oxygen is one of the factors, which affects energy generation. Normally spirulina increases the oxygen level in our blood and because of which energy level increases. This increase in energy level ultimately improves the muscle strength.
For different purposes, we required a different amount of spirulina per day like for blood pressure 3 to 5 per gram, for muscle performance 2 to 5 gram etc, but normally 4 to 6 grams of spirulina per day is the best dose people should take.