Properties of spirulina
Spirulina is one of the perfect foods in nature. These tiny algae, the spirulina properties, were designed by nature 3.6 billion years ago and were the oxygen generators of our atmosphere, have innumerable positive effects on our health.
The Spirulina algae is highly digestible, an average of 65% is complete plant protein that provides the eight essential amino acids in the appropriate proportions and in a manner that is five times easier to digest than meat or soy protein. It is rich in tryptophan* one of the 10 essential amino acids that the body uses to synthesise the proteins it needs and helps to the nervous system, relaxation, rest, sleep and against depression.
It is also an excellent source of minerals (potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, selenium, iron and phosphorus) as well as vitamins (the entire vitamin B complex and vitamin E).
One of the spirulina properties is a rich source of B vitamins (B3, B6, B9) , vitamins play an important role in energy production and in the formation of red blood cells. Vitamin B3 or niacin* participates in the formation of hydrochloric* acid required in the digestive process. Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine* helps in the assimilation of carbohydrates into energy and maintain the healthy functioning of the brain. Vitamin B9 or folic acid* helps in regeneration and cell growth and is very useful in cases of anaemia, fetal malformations, Alzheimer’s, and many cancers.
Spirulina is a storehouse of chlorophyll, which promotes peristaltic action relieving constipation, and normalising the secretion of digestive acids appeasing the digestive tract. Chlorophyll seems to favour the regeneration of liver cells and dilates blood vessels to increase circulation of all organs. Phycocyanin*, the blue pigment, it is important for healthy liver function and digestion of amino acids. Chlorophyll also has detoxification properties, binds to toxins such as heavy metals and out of the body.
*Tryptophan is an α-amino acid that is used in the biosynthesis of proteins.
*Niacin, also known as vitamin B₃ and nicotinic acid, is an organic compound with the formula C 6H 5NO 2, higher amounts of niacin can improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risks.
*Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) is used to prevent or treat low levels of vitamin B6 in people who do not get enough of the vitamin from their diets.
*Hydrochloric acid is a colorless, highly pungent solution of hydrogen chloride in water. It is a corrosive, strong mineral acid with many industrial uses. Hydrochloric acid is found naturally in gastric acid
*Phycocyanin is a pigment-protein complex from the light-harvesting phycobiliprotein family, along with allophycocyanin and phycoerythrin. It is an accessory pigment to chlorophyll.