Spirulina: what are the benefits of this super-algae?


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Spirulina, from its Latin name spirulina Arthrospira platensis, has long been consumed by the Incas of South America. Rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals (iron, calcium, magnesium, etc.), this cyanobacteria, often referred to as blue-green algae, is now a leading food supplement!

Spirulina is the super food of choice for athletes and vegans alike.

Zoom in on the benefits of spirulina, the super algae you can’t live without!

What does spirulina contain?

Spirulina, named for its spiral shape, is so rich in nutrients that it can combat malnutrition and iron deficiency on its own. It is used in many countries, particularly in Africa, to combat malnutrition.

In fact, spirulina has a very high protein content (60% on average) and a whole range of vitamins for a healthy glow: vitamin A, vitamin B (B1, B2, B3, B6, B7, B8), vitamins D, E and K.

This microalgae is also a real source of trace elements (iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chromium and selenium). What’s more, its composition of chlorophyll and phycocyanin pigments makes it a super food with antioxidant power.

Spirulina also contains a small amount of fat, including omega-6 fatty acids.


The 5 main health benefits of spirulina

Thanks to its rich nutrient content, spirulina offers numerous health benefits. We’d like to introduce you to its main advantages!

1. Spirulina: a powerful antioxidant

Spirulina is bursting with antioxidants that help cells protect themselves against oxidative stress and preserve the health of skin, hair and nails. Its main active ingredient is phycocyanin, an antioxidant that gives it its unique blue color.

2. Spirulina boosts the immune system and detoxifies the body

Thanks to its rich nutritional content, spirulina strengthens the body’s immune defenses and boosts vitality. Spirulina also makes a good detox cure. So don’t hesitate to start your day by drinking a glass of lukewarm lemon water with a few spirulina tablets.

3. The benefits of spirulina and sport

Highly appreciated by athletes, spirulina provides a good dose of protein, iron, antioxidants and beta-carotene. This improves endurance and promotes muscle mass gain.

Its nutritional qualities also help recovery after intensive sports sessions, notably by reducing muscle fatigue and cramps. What better way to boost your sporting performance!

4. Spirulina for weight loss

Spirulina is a natural appetite suppressant that stimulates the metabolism. In fact, its high protein content helps the body feel full faster. Consuming spirulina helps to limit snacking between meals, and therefore contributes to weight loss or maintaining your ideal weight.

Your beautiful body!

5. Spirulina can reduce cholesterol levels and high blood pressure

Spirulina can reduce LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides, and increase HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol). It can also reduce high blood pressure and has beneficial effects on fasting blood sugar levels.

Spirulina is therefore the super food to adopt if you want to stay fit and healthy!

Spirulina: any side effects?

Spirulina generally has no adverse effects. However, an overdose of spirulina can generate side effects such as digestive disorders, nausea, headaches or green/black stools.

To avoid these “inconveniences”, it’s important to respect the dosage indicated on your product’s packaging.

We also recommend adopting a gradual consumption pattern, starting with 1 g of spirulina a day for the first week. You can then gradually increase the dosage of your doses. The goal is to reach 3 to 6 grams per day over the rest of your spirulina cure.

Top athletes can generally consume up to 10 grams of spirulina a day.

Spirulina and contraindications

Spirulina is contraindicated:

  • In case of anticoagulant treatment,
  • For people with phenylketonuria, an allergic background or muscular or hepatic vulnerability,
  • In cases of hemochromatosis, due to spirulina’s high iron content,
  • In case of autoimmune disease,
  • In cases of hyperparathyroidism,
  • For people who tend to have higher-than-normal uric acid levels.

Pregnant and breast-feeding women, children, adolescents and people undergoing medical treatment are advised to seek the advice of a health professional before starting a spirulina cure, simply as a precautionary measure.

In what format can you find spirulina at Vegalia?

Caroline spirulina from Vegalia is certified organic (Ecocert) and is available as :

  • Tablets should ideally be taken with lemon water, freshly squeezed orange juice or any other source of vitamin C to optimize the body’s absorption of spirulina,
  • Powder to add to your smoothies, juices and sauces or sprinkle on your dishes and desserts. You can even use it in masks to pamper your skin and hair!

We recommend that you consume this pretty blue-green superfood in the morning to benefit from its tonic and satiating effect.

You’ll also find Caroline spirulina in our healthy packs. These contain spirulina and other health-giving ingredients such as magnesium, turmeric and probiotics. Our packs allow you to make three-month cures according to your specific needs:

Choose the organic pack that’s right for you and take full advantage of the benefits of spirulina with Vegalia!

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