What is Spirulina? How does it work? What are the benefits of Spirulina? How and when should it be consumed? What can you stack with Spirulina? Spirulina Side effects. Read the product description below.
What is Spirulina?
Spirulina is one of the healthiest natural resources in the entire world, and it is actually one of the oldest living organisms in the entire world. Spirulina is a blue/green algae that thrives in highly alkaline stretches of fresh water. It is located in both tropical, and sub-tropical environments, and was consumed primarily as a food source several centuries ago. This algae is jam-packed full of natural goodness, including: vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and minerals. In particular, it is rich in B vitamins, as well as Iron. Believe it or not, but spirulina, pound for pound, actually contains more protein than meats such as chicken and beef, as it contains a whopping 55 – 70% protein per serving. On top of that, it boasts an incredibly impressive amino acid profile, as it contains 8 essential amino acids, as well as 10 non-essential amino acids.
How does it work?
In the body, spirulina works in a whole variety of different ways, because it is so rich in natural goodness. For example, as it contains amino acids and so much protein content per serving, it can actually help to initiate protein synthesis and assist with the growth and repair of new muscle tissue. As it is rich in antioxidants, it can strengthen and boost the immune system, whilst adding an additional level of protection against free-radicals and toxins that can damage the body and cause a wide range of health issues. It also contains compounds that have been found to suppress the appetite, making this a fantastic supplement for anybody looking to lose weight. As it suppresses the appetite, as you become less hungry, you consume less food, and subsequently, less calories. The B vitamins help provide energy, the other vitamins and minerals help boost immunity, and in general this supplement, or rather, this superfood supplement, boosts health and well-being in a whole variety of different ways.
What are the benefits of using Spirulina supplements?
Some of the primary benefits associated with this supplement include:
Strengthens immune system
As mentioned, as spirulina is packed full of so many nutrients and healthy ingredients, it strengthens the immune system in a whole variety of different ways. This means that we benefit from added levels of protection against illness and disease, and our bodies function healthier, and as they should.
Other benefits include:
- Source of antioxidants
- Helps reduce symptoms of allergic rhinitis such as nasal discharge, sneezing, nasal congestion and itching
- Source of beta-carotene, a provitamin A, for the maintenance of good health
Source of beta-carotene, a provitamin A, to help maintain eyesight, skin, membranes and immune function
Source of beta-carotene, a provitamin A, to help in the development and maintenance of night vision
Source of beta-carotene, a provitamin A, to help in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth
Source of iron for the maintenance of good health
Source of iron which helps to form red blood cells and helps in their proper function
Source of protein for the maintenance of good health
Source of protein which helps build and repair body tissues
Source of (an) essential amino acid(s) for the maintenance of good health
Source of (an) (essential) amino acid(s) involved in muscle protein synthesis
How and when should it be consumed?
Health Canada Recommended Dose (capsules): Adults and adolescents > 14 y: 1 - 10 Capsule(s) 1 time(s) per day. Take a few hours before or after taking other medications or natural health products. Children 2-4 y: 1 Capsule(s) 1 time(s) per day. Take a few hours before or after taking other medications or natural health products. Children 5-9 y: 2 Capsule(s) 1 time(s) per day. Take a few hours before or after taking other medications or natural health products. Adolescents 10-14 y: 1 - 5 Capsule(s) 1 time(s) per day. Take a few hours before or after taking other medications or natural health products.
Health Canada Recommended Dose (powder): Adults and adolescents > 14 y: 1 Scoop(s) 1 time(s) per day. Take a few hours before or after taking other medications or natural health products.
Spirulina VS Chlorella
If Spirulina VS Chlorella was compared to a boxing match, it would be Tyson VS Ali of the algae world, as both of these forms of algae have their loyal fans, and both of which are considered to be amazing at what they do. Both of which are forms of blue/green algae, just as both are complete sources of protein. Chlorella however, despite the fact that it is a single cell algae, can grow and reproduce at a much quicker rate than spirulina, as it can become four-times as large in less than 24 hours! Both of which help to promote the growth and repair of healthy cells and tissues, although spirulina is higher in B vitamins than Chlorella, which gives it an edge when it comes to energy production.
What can it be stacked with?
Spirulina can be stacked with other healthy supplements to really provide the ultimate health stack each day, although commonly, it is stacked with Super Greens Powder, wheat grass powder, Multi-vitamin, EFAs, Vitamin C, and Zinc.
Medicinal Ingredients (per capsule): Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis, Whole) .......................... 750 Milligrams (60 Percent Algal protein)
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Gelatin.
Medicinal Ingredients (per scoop): Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis, Whole) .......................... 6 Grams
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: none.
Powder (Per Scoop)
Potential side effects
As with all supplements, always consult your doctor before using any new products, and discontinue usage if you experience any adverse side effects. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult their doctors before using this supplement. Although incredibly safe and all-natural, some users have experienced mild side effects when supplementing with spirulina, including:
- Mild nausea
- Mild dizzy spells
- Stomach ache
- Slight itchiness
Cautions and Warnings
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a health care practitioner prior to use. Allergic rhinitis: If symptoms persist or worsen, consult a health care practitioner.
Allergy Statement: This product is made in a facility that handles milk products, gluten, shellfish, soy, peanuts and other tree nuts.
This product may contain milk, gluten, shellfish, soy, peanuts and other tree nuts.