Spirulina: The Health Promoting High Protein Super Nutrient

Despite being one of the most complete nutrients on the planet, Spirulina is still relatively unknown.

Also known as Arthrospira Platensis, this microscopic blue green algae can be taken in supplement form (tablets or powder) to provide you with a surprisingly abundant array of nutrients despite its tiny size!

Spirulina is 60-70% protein (80-95% digestible) and includes all 20 amino acids required by the human body, thus making it complete. It is also an excellent source of many other nutrients including EFA’s (essential fatty acids) iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamin B complex. Being a rich source of beta-carotenes including a mixture of 10 carotenoids makes it efficient at reducing free radicals and enhancing antioxidant protection.

As well as being of benefit to fitness enthusiasts by increasing stamina and supporting lean muscle development, it is highly beneficial to health in fighting deficiencies, preventing disease and promoting overall well-being. Spirulina is high in iron helping us to avoid one of the most common deficiencies in humans with ~500-600 million people worldwide suffering from anaemia and more from iron deficiency. It is also a great source of vitamin B12 which is essential for brain function and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) which is used to treat malnourished individuals due to its effectiveness in helping the body to absorb nutrients.

To get nutrient content from other food sources equivalent to 9g of Spirulina, you would need to eat:

500g Spinach – just to get equivalent iron intake!

~18 carrots – just to get equivalent beta-carotene!

3 glasses of milk – equivalent calcium content!

If you are looking for a health-promoting supplement which will increase immunity and improve digestive health while enhancing training sessions and supporting lean muscle development then look no further!

Health Aid Spirulina is just £7.95 for 60 servings in tablet form or try Life Stream Spirulina which is a 100g powder supply for £13.25.

About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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