INNOVATION AND EXCELLENCE SINCE 1992
Blog
  >  
My health
  >  
Everything you need to know about … spirulina!
My health

Everything you need to know about … spirulina!

2017-09-04
The latest food trend among top chefs, a complete meat substitute for vegetarians, a superfood with exceptional benefits … spirulina is grabbing more and more headlines across the globe. But just how much do you know about this superfood? Where does it come from? What are its health benefits? How do you consume it? Read on for the complete lowdown on spirulina!

What exactly is spirulina?

Spirulina is a blue-green algae, or filamentous cyanobacteria to be precise. There are thousands of species of cyanobacteria but only a few are edible. They include Arthrospira platensis, the main species used and sold as ‘spirulina’. The name comes from the spiral shape of the Arthrospira cyanobacteria.

Where does this blue algae come from?

The blue algae Arthrospira platensis known as spirulina grows naturally in warm water lakes. First discovered in the lakes of Mexico and Chad, it is now cultivated in many countries across the world.

What is it composed of?

Spirulina has been used for many years in both Mexico and Chad for its high nutrient content. It does indeed boast an exceptional nutritional composition: protein (50-70%), carbohydrates (15-25%), minerals (7-13%), lipids (4-7%) and fibre (2-8%). As a result of these qualities, spirulina is today used across the world for fighting malnutrition. Indeed the World Health Organization (WHO) believes this microalgae to be one of the most complete foods in the world and one of the best sources of nourishment for the future.

What are spirulina’s benefits?

Like other algae such as Chlorella and Ecklonia cava, spirulina is regarded as a superfood. It is distinct in having a high vegetable protein content with excellent bioavailability in the body. It also has the advantage of providing the eight amino acids essential to the body: methionine, tryptophan, threonine, lysine, phenylalanine, valine, leucine and isoleucine. Spirulina is also a source of other molecules the body needs in order to function properly, including certain minerals and vitamins. For example, it is known for its high content in iron and beta-carotene, a vitamin A precursor. Omega-6 fatty acids have also been identified in spirulina’s composition. Last but not least are the two natural pigments responsible for spirulina’s blue-green colour: chlorophyll and phycocyanin.

Why take spirulina?

As you can see, there is not just one reason, but many reasons to consume spirulina. With its outstanding nutritional composition, this micro-algae offers multiple benefits for health. In providing proteins, amino acids and essential minerals, it appears to support the healthy function of the body as a whole. Its beta-carotene content also gives it an antioxidant effect which combats oxidative stress and cellular ageing. A number of studies suggest that spirulina supports the immune system in fighting infection, lowers blood sugar in diabetics and reduces lipid levels including cholesterol and triglycerides.

How should you consume spirulina?

Once harvested, spirulina has to be dried before it can be used. Given its nutritional qualities, it is today marketed in several forms, including flakes, powder or dietary supplements. Why not check out SuperSmart’s Spirulina supplement, with 498.5mg of spirulina per tablet for optimal efficacy. The powder used in this supplement complies with high standards of quality, producing a safe and bioavailable product.

Share
Further reading
MSM: the benefits of organic sulphur!
2018-06-01
Since the 1990s, MSM supplements have proved a great success because they provide significant levels of organic sulphur. Not to be confused with the toxic gas sulphur dioxide, organic sulphur is a trace element which the body needs in order to function properly. It is found in many structures, especially the hair, nails, joints and connective tissue such as the skin’s dermis. It’s clear then that maintaining adequate levels of sulphur in the body offers a number of benefits. This is precisely why MSM has attracted considerable scientific interest. This source of organic sulphur can help promote well-being by, for example, naturally easing joint pain from arthritis. MSM supplementation may also offer benefits for fighting ageing of the skin and seasonal allergies, and can promote detoxification. The experts at SuperSmart have put together the following guide which contains everything you need to know about MSM: its characteristics, properties, benefits, uses, doses and scientific opinion …
My healthRead article
The neurotransmitter GABA: a natural stress-buster
2018-05-24
Behind the letters GABA lies a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid which plays a key role in the brain. Studies show it has a powerful calming effect and is thus often described as a natural stress-buster, anxiolytic, muscle-relaxant and anti-depressant. Research has also identified it as offering benefits for those suffering from insomnia and hypertension, as well as for sports enthusiasts and overweight/obese individuals. Now available in supplement form, GABA is attracting considerable interest among the scientific community. The experts at SuperSmart have put together this useful guide containing everything you need to know about natural GABA: its characteristics, mechanism of action, properties, benefits, uses, latest research and scientific opinion …
My healthRead article
Boswellia serrata: the natural anti-inflammatory from Ayurvedic medicine
2018-05-18
Though the tree Boswellia serrata may be little-known in Europe, the resin it produces is attracting increasing interest at the moment due to its significant therapeutic potential. A famous remedy of Ayurvedic medicine, Boswellia serrata resin has been studied extensively over the past few years. Researchers have identified anti-inflammatory activity, efficacy against inflammatory joint pain and asthma-relieving properties. To give you the ‘low-down’ on this natural Ayurvedic anti-inflammatory, the experts at SuperSmart have prepared the following guide which contains everything you need to know about Boswellia serrata resin: its history, origins, properties, benefits, methods of use and scientific opinion …
My healthRead article
Same topic

Free

Thank you for visiting our site. Before you go

REGISTER WITH
Club SuperSmart
And take advantage
of exclusive benefits:
  • Permanent 5% discount on all your orders
  • Free: our weekly science-based newsletter "Nutranews"
  • Special offers for club members only
Continue shopping
keyboard_arrow_up