The alga, also known as ‘food of the gods’, is one of the oldest inhabitants of our planet. It is a seaweed called Spirulina for its typical spiral shape, colored between green and blue. Spirulina is considered to be one of the most complete foods for the human organism, so much so that it has also been called ‘twenty-first century supremacy’. It was declared “food of the future” by the FAO in 2008. The incredible properties of this green alga
Let’s find out together what the nourishing properties of the ‘food of the gods’ are:
The dried Spirulina has a high protein value: between 55-77% of its weight. It also contains phycobiliproteins, in particular Ficocianina and Allocycocyanin.
ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS
Amino acids are elements that make up the proteins taken by our body. When we ingest a food, our digestive system is able to break down proteins into simple amino acids so that our bodies can assimilate them. Among the amino acids, however, there are some (to be precise eight) that our body is not able to synthesize itself: the essential amino acids. Spirulina contains them all with the same proportions of mother’s milk, ready to be assimilated.
Unsaturated fatty acids are ‘healthy’ fats, ie those that lower the number of triglycerides in the blood and decrease cholesterol. Among these, in particular, are present in Spirulina:- Linoleic acid;
- Alpha-linoleic acid;
- Gamma-linoleic acid;
- Stearidonic acid;
- Cocodahexaenoic acid;
- Arachidonic acid;
- Eicosapentaenoic acid;
Spirulina is also rich in vitamins useful to the human body for a correct balance of its functions. In particular, the alga contains the following:- Vitamin A;
- Vitamin D;
- Vitamin C;
- Vitamin E;
- Group B vitamins ( B1, B2, B3, B6,B9)
This blue-green alga also contains many mineral salts and microelements essential for our body:- Calcium;
Appena 6 grammi di spirulina sono equivalenti a
4000g of Apples
135g of Carrots
The nutritive principles described above make the alga very important in the fight against various diseases and diseases. Let’s see together which:
Arthrospira Platensis is also able to improve the immune responses of our body, so it is useful in the treatment of allergies. According to a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, in 2005, taking it regularly would help fight allergies, especially hay fever and allergic rhinitis. Other sources and experiments would also confirm that Spirulina is also able to help people suffering from inflammation and arthritis.
SPIRULINA ALGA AS THE BASIS OF A HEALTHY DIET
Spirulina can also help in choosing to adopt a healthy diet. In both cases of malnutrition and overweight, Spirulina is a valuable ally in support of a healthy and nutrient-rich diet. In case of malnutrition it helps to prevent the occurrence of anemia and contributes to providing a source of vitamins, fats, proteins and amino acids easily assimilated by the body.
Taken before meals in cases of overweight, it accelerates the appearance of satiety thanks to the abundance of nutrients and their effect on the secretion of cholecystokinin. In this sense, it can find space in dietary-behavioral therapies aimed at reducing body weight. The intake of Spirulina algae reduces triglycerides in the blood, stimulating the increase of the so-called ‘good cholesterol’ (HDL) and reducing instead the bad and high blood pressure, responsible for cardiovascular diseases.
CAN SPIRULINA FIGHT AGING?
The green alga is able to regulate the metabolic and muscular functions of our body. Thanks to the very high content of antioxidants it is able to reduce free radicals and cellular aging.
SPIRULINA: THE BEST ALLY OF THOSE WHO PRACTICE SPORT
Containing many proteins useful for those who practice sports routinely, Spirulina is an excellent energy support. Its content of ferridoxin and biotin slows down the production of lactic acid. The high content of vitamins and minerals acts as an enzymatic co-factor to support energy production during a particularly intense muscular effort.
Spirulina Becagli grows in a natural but controlled and protected environment. It is grown in open tanks inside automated greenhouses that allow for the control of temperature, sun exposure and ventilation. All this without the risk of external contamination. The harvest takes place through an automated system, without contact with the staff and finally the drying takes place at a low temperature in order to maintain the nutritional characteristics unaltered.
Becagli spirulina is continuously monitored and controlled, in order to guarantee a safe, certified organic product, without additives, pesticides, preservatives and dyes.
It is important to choose a product of agriculture and Italian and certified organic supply chain. Spirulina, if not carefully cultivated and dried, risks losing its beneficial properties, even in some cases becoming harmful to the body. This happens because spirulina, growing in water, absorbs everything it comes into contact with, so if the water is not filtered and purified it may contain heavy metals which will then be assimilated by the body when you take low quality spirulina.