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Why Spirulina

Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) is a blue-green cyanobacterium, popularly associated with microalgae, and designated as "Food of the Future", having become a food trend throughout the world, as it is recognized as a "Superfood". The consumption of Spirulina by humans dates back hundreds of years, being approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States (USA).
 
Spirulina is seen as a sustainable food source, whose production has a low environmental footprint, being equally attractive for its unique nutritional properties, which contributes to the health and well-being, making it therefore the most cultivated microalgae.
 

Discover the health benefits here:

 
✓ Source of Complete Protein: Spirulina is considered one of the foods with the highest protein content, could be reaching 70% of its dry weight and contains high levels of all essential amino acids. In its composition, there is also present interesting lipids such as omega-6 (gamma linolenic acid and linoleic acid); vitamins such as from the B-complex and vitamin A; minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium; and photosynthetic pigments such as phycocyanins, chlorophylls, astaxanthin, zeaxanthin and β-carotenes (Lafarga et al., 2020).
 
✓ Sustainable Cultivation: The production of spirulina is considered more efficient in terms of water use, land occupation and energy consumption compared to traditional land crops (FAO, 2008) .
 
✓ Cardiovascular Protection: Spirulina supplementation significantly reduces the concentration of total cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides in plasma and additionally raises the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) in people with type 2 diabetes, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular problems but also in healthy subjects (Deng et al., 2010; Serban et al., 2015).
 
✓ Strengthens and Stimulates the Immune System: Spirulina consumption reveals positive therapeutic effects in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, anemia, immunological dysfunctions, oral tract diseases such as chronic periodontitis or submucosal fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, consequent damage to skeletal muscles of oxidative stress caused by sports and in the treatment of HIV-1 infection (Deng et al., 2010; Wu et al., 2016; Sinha et al., 2018).
 
✓ Boosts Physical and Mental Performance: Regular consumption of spirulina improves endurance during sports practice and has been shown to have anti-fatigue effects, improving the ability to resist fatigue, both physically and mentally (Braakhui et al., 2015; Johnson et al., 2016).
 
✓ Fights allergic rhinitis: Spirulina consumption is clinically effective in fighting allergic rhinitis, improving certain symptoms such as sneezing, itching associated with nasal congestion and runny nose (Mao et al., 2005; Cingi et al., 2008).
 
✓ Maintaining a healthy weight and structure: The daily consumption of spirulina (1-4.5 grams/day) has a beneficial effect on combating obesity, promoting the reduction of body fat, reducing body mass index and consequently body weight and waist circumference and decreasing appetite (DiNicolantonio et al., 2020; Gómez-Zorita et al., 2020).
 
✓ Neuroprotective properties: Spirulina has been clinically identified as a neuroprotective therapeutic agent, which can help in the treatment of neurological diseases not only in elderly patients but also in pregnant women and infants. Additionally, the beneficial effect on the health of their newborns was demonstrated (Sinha et al., 2018).
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