Do you think there are marvelous foods? It is not about miraculous foods that are going to reshape your body so you become a model, or that they will take years off just by taking them. However, international organizations of recognized prestige such as the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the powerful nutritional value of spirulina. They qualify it as a marvelous food and recommend it for its easy cultivation, to Combat Malnutrition or humanitarian emergencies. In fact, WHO has created a specific intergovernmental institute for spirulina.

Properties of blue gold

This microalga is a spiral-shaped cyanobacterium with a blue-green color.

Its composition rich in chlorophyll and phycocyanin gives it that beautiful and characteristic color. Do you know that it develops in freshwater lakes?

It gives us a considerable dose of proteins of high biological value. It's more digestible than beef, and in addition, it gives us essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and phytochemicals essential for the proper functioning of the human body.

Specifically, around 70 percent of its weight is protein of extraordinary quality and can serve as a healthy supplement for vegetarian diets that tend to suffer from a lack of it, or for drastic weight loss diets.

In this sense, it should be noted that spirulina is very appropriate if you need to lose weight or are trying to maintain it.

It contains an amino acid called phenylalanine, which together with its 5 percent mucilage (fiber) has an interesting satiating power that will reduce your need to snack between meals and allow you to feel satisfied eating a smaller amount of food.

Of course, do not forget to accompany your intake with proper hydration.

The recommended daily dose of spirulina is 3-4 grams, accompanied by half a liter of water before meals.

At the same time, it has 10 percent of vitamins (A, B, C, D, and K) that will beautify your skin and hair, giving them shine and softness thanks to their antioxidant compounds. In addition, it is ideal to strengthen the defenses.

Its 4 percent essential fatty acids (Omega 3 and 6) will take care of your heart, regulate LDL cholesterol and accelerate the metabolism of fats for energy.

As if all this were not enough, the iron present among its minerals is very valuable to combat deficiency states such as anemia.

Are there any contraindications?

Since it is not a medicine but a food supplement contraindications have no place. However, certain people should restrict or avoid its administration prior to an assessment by their doctor.

This is the case of children, pregnant women, people with kidney failure or with alterations of the thyroid gland, especially those who suffer from hyperthyroidism.

Exceeding the recommended daily dose can cause dizziness, stomach pain, fever or skin rashes, which will stop when you stop taking it.

Already used by the Aztecs to prevent hair loss, today there are many elite athletes and even NASA astronauts who use it to benefit from their properties. t is best taken as a supplement and not as a substitute for any food if the diet is varied and balanced.

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