What is its saving grace of Spirulina, Same microalgae the world of sports is looking up to? Why is it so rich with available protein?
Strenuous exercise, especially in endurance causes stress on the body, nutritional deficiencies and natural decomposition processes that occur in the body. Many times these and other deficiencies cause injuries, anaemia and difficult recovery between workouts or competitions.
Many endurance athletes have discovered the properties of Spirulina and use it on a daily basis
Many athletes are always in search of food or dietary supplement or superfood which will provide them with all the raw materials that are needed, something that would make their bodies function at best under great load which they experience.
Dozens of products exist at the food supplements market claiming for great healing abilities, nutritional and that they come from a completely natural source. Typically, the natural source goes treatments and processes in laboratories and eventually this superfood or supplement is served to you in the shape of a capsule, powder, pill or syrup. In most cases, you have no idea what is in the product, all you have left is to rely on the manufacturer which was honest with you and wrote all, but all the nutrients and put didn’t any other harmful components.
The world of nutrition opens a new, full interest on the virtues of algae. There are algae that come from the sea, have certain features and mostly are rich in iodine (Sometimes may contain impurities, traces of heavy metals). There are also freshwater lake algae, blue-green algae such as Chlorella and Spirulina.
Many endurance athletes have discovered the properties of Spirulina and use it on a daily basis.
Many of them report better feeling, achievements and recovery. Spirulina is basically a multivitamin or super food containing concentrated huge range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and most importantly, the protein with a high bioavailability.
So what Spirulina contains that makes it a super food?
Protein: Spirulina contains more than 65% full and rich protein including all amino acids which are the building block of protein. Among the amino acids are also found the BCAA. The amino acids are particularly important to endurance athlete for rapid recovery and rehabilitation of muscles, tendons and tissue rebuilding and maintenance. The Spirulina doesn’t have fibrous cell wall so absorption is easier and simpler for the body.
Antioxidants: During exercise free radicals are released naturally in the body as part of cellular respiration. Spirulina contains high concentrations of chlorophyll, beta-carotene and Ficotzianin which are powerful antioxidants. Additionally, it contains vitamins A, C, E which are an important antioxidant. Many athletes consume Spirulina not only before or after training and competitions but also during.
“It has no taste and no smell at all”
Vitamins and minerals: Spirulina contains high amounts of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, sodium, chromium, manganese, molybdenum and other microelements which are also essential for normal functioning of the body, recovery and preventing muscle spasms and pain.