Spirulina is a food supplement that has been talked about a lot lately. It is known as “the algae of astronauts” and this is because the possibility of producing it outside the earth is being studied. Researchers from multiple areas already know the nutritional power of this alga. Its impact has been such that this food product is implemented in countries like the Congo to combat malnutrition.
In Africa it has been extracting the algae from spirulina for a long time. This would be abundant in Lake Chad, which borders the borders of Nigeria, Niger, and Cameroon. What many do not know is its application to lose weight, as well as its uses and possible adverse effects.
What is spirulina?
Spirulina is a food supplement made from cyanobacteria. These microorganisms are present in some seaweed. A cyanobacterium is characterized by its ability to photosynthesize. These bacteria absorb sunlight and nutrients with remarkable efficiency and it is believed that this is where their potential comes from.
Spirulina stands out due to its high content of proteins, natural fatty acids, and vitamins E and B. Another important aspect is its contribution in minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium and iron. The best part is that this supplement is easily absorbed and may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
In recent times spirulina has been associated with weight loss diets. For sure, this nutritional supplement allows to accelerate the metabolism which allows to burn fat. On the other hand, its intake helps to control the feeling of anxiety between meals. Both properties are useful for weight control.
How should spirulina be ingested?
Spirulina should be consumed like any other nutritional supplement. Taking this product alone does not guarantee that people will lose weight. It is not a magic bullet but a useful supplement to reinforce diet and exercise.
It is advisable not to eat an amount greater than five grams. This is the equivalent of a small spoonful of spirulina powder. It should be noted that I feel an algae could affect some allergy sufferers. Some people might experience some side effects like stomach pain, rashes, and great thirst.
Spirulina is a food product and therefore has no major contraindications. However, it is important to stop its use in case of experiencing adverse effects. In some cases this food can generate some minor disorders in the liver. Beyond this, it can become an ally for nutrition and weight loss.