Spirulina: beneficial properties, contraindications, potential harm

Spirulina: blue-green algae is a unique natural product that is widely used in medicine and cosmetology.

Spirulina belongs to biologically active natural supplements – the product has become a trend and is widely used, so it is necessary to know about its beneficial properties and contraindications.

From the material Sputnik Georgia you will learn about the beneficial properties and contraindications of spirulina, as well as what potential harm it can cause.

Magic seaweed

Spirulina, which has a high nutritional value, contributes to the normalization of the vital activity of the human body and, at the same time, has practically no contraindications.

Algae, due to its biochemical composition, is widely used for the prevention of various diseases, as well as for weight loss and beauty.

Spirulina, which has many useful properties, was used by the Aztecs and other Indian tribes on long trips as a means of satisfying hunger and increasing physical tone.

Spirulina is cultivated all over the world, but naturally it is mined in lakes Chad and Qinghai. In its natural form, spirulina looks like a thin green thread of a spiral shape – after processing, the alga is sent to retail chains in the form of tablets, paste or powder.

Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina belongs to the genus of cyanobacteria – the ideal combination of vitamins, minerals and amino acids has allowed algae to take pride of place in various fields.

The medicinal properties of algae contained in its biological composition are beneficial for the whole body and can be used to improve overall health.

In particular, vitamins B2, B6 and B12 regulate blood cholesterol, normalize metabolism and take an active part in the process of blood creation.

Vitamins E and PP have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the digestive, nervous, cardiovascular and endocrine systems. The content of these vitamins in spirulina is much higher than in meat food. Algae contains a lot of easily digestible iron, therefore it is an excellent source of protein for vegetarians.

Spirulina contains the following vitamins and minerals: 50-70% protein; 6% lipids; 7-14% glucides; vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, D, E, K, folic acid; manganese, copper, iron, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, calcium; omega-3, antioxidants and eight essential amino acids for the body.

Spirulina also contains an enzyme that protects the body from degenerative diseases, malignant neoplasms, and maintains the health of the body.

The use of spirulina has a beneficial effect on the stomach, liver, colon, heart, nervous system; improves vision; lowers cholesterol levels; cures anemia and eczema, psoriasis and accelerates wound healing; fights cancer cells; maintains healthy bones and teeth, due to its high calcium content (20 times more milk); effective for losing weight – quickly and for a long time saturates the body, reduces appetite.

Contraindications and potential harm

Despite the long list of beneficial properties, spirulina is not recommended for children under 3 years of age, for people with hyperthyroidism due to its high iodine content, and for those with kidney problems. It is advisable to consult a doctor before taking the drug, since someone may simply have an individual intolerance to some of the components that make up the dietary supplement or an allergic reaction.

Spirulina usually does not cause side effects, although there is bloating, stomach pain, diarrhea, rash and itching, headache and dizziness, due to the characteristics of the products of certain brands.

Spirulina grown commercially in poor environmental conditions and without proper water purification can cause harm. In particular, a poor quality product can cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, weakness, tachycardia.

Therefore, before purchasing a product, be it tablets or powder, make sure that the manufacturer is certified and made really good products.

The material was prepared on the basis of open sources

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