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Do you know spirulina? Today we will explain everything about its properties

Spirulina is a food from the sea. This beneficial food is a blue-green unicellular algae famous for being an important source of protein, vitamins and minerals. For this reason, its high nutritional value stands out, in addition to having a satiating effect.  

It is generally used in a dried, powder or tablet form, although it can also be obtained naturally. It is widely used as a dietary and nutritional supplement, especially by athletes and people seeking to lose weight.

It is often referred to as a ''superfood'' (although it is only a marketing term) but nutritionists and dietitians advise against the use of this term, since a healthy diet is not based on specific foods, but on the adequate combination of products with different nutrients to obtain a balanced diet.


Some properties of this algae are:


Proteins


It has a higher proportion of protein than other sources, providing 65 percent of these to the body.


Easy digestion


Spirulina lacks cellulose, which makes it easier to digest, even for people with poor intestinal absorption or stomach problems.


Lipids


Essential fatty acids play an important role in the composition of spirulina. It also has a high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids.


Minerals


Spirulina is very rich in minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese, selenium, iron, and phosphorus.


Vitamins


Among its great variety of vitamins, we can highlight vitamin E and other elements such as beta-carotene, and all the vitamins of group B. However, the vitamin B12 it provides is not bioavailable for humans, so it is not used to replace the supplementation they require vegans and vegetarians.


Pigments


It has pigments in high quantities that could have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
High content of polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Daniel Pire

Estudiante de Farmacia de la Universidad Central de Venezuela. Fanático de aprender cosas nuevas cada día. Redactor de ColombiaHoy.News y anteriormente Mui.In. Me gusta mantenerme al día con temas tecnológicos y los medios de comunicación. Los tópicos de salud y biotecnología son mis preferidos. Apasionado por conocer un lugar nuevo siempre que sea posible! La cocina y la comida son mi ruta de escape para cualquier ocasión.+ info

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