The upcoming season requires a recharge of energy and vitality to improve the well-being of our body and face the milder temperatures on the way. For this purpose the Spirulina Algae can come to our aid.
A bit of history
Spirulina Algae (Arthrospira platensis ) is a blue-green freshwater microalgae belonging to the cyanobacteria family. It is one of the oldest existing forms of life; just think that these organisms were already present on our planet 3.5 billion years ago and contributed to create our atmosphere.
Spirulina has been used since ancient times by different peoples, in particular the Aztecs, for whom it was a privileged food.
It is known with certainty, thanks to the writings left by the conqueror Cortès, that Spirulina was cooked and eaten in the form of very fine filaments, from which a typical dish (a kind of pie or pie) of this famous people was also obtained, called "tecuitlatl ". Spirulina was also used in dried form, always among ancient peoples, as a medicine against inflammation and weakness.
Spirulina Algae today
Today the fame of this alga is due to its remarkable nutritional properties; it is precisely for these reasons that it has been defined by the WHO (World Health Organization) as the “best food of the 21st century”.
Its fame has grown further thanks to the latest mission of astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, who testified to its effectiveness in satisfying the body's protein needs (even better than a steak); in fact it represents an excellent source of vegetable proteins.
Properties and benefits of Spirulina
Spirulina has nourishing, invigorating and restorative properties, which make it particularly useful for those who need to regain energy and vitality.
In fact, it contains noble proteins of vegetable origin , so called because they have all the eight essential amino acids that our body is unable to manufacture by itself.
Other nutrients contained in this alga, but no less important, are vitamins A, C, K, E and some vitamins of group B.
These, in addition to having a toning effect on the body, also act against the formation of free radicals, slowing down aging. It also contains precious minerals for our body, such as iron , potassium, magnesium and calcium.
The set of vitamins and minerals acts on the immune system, strengthening it; the presence of iron and vitamins B in particular make it an important food for those who are more prone to lack, such as those who follow vegan diets.
Thanks to its components it is therefore also useful for sportsmen, both before and after physical activity, and as a tonic for adults, children and the elderly.
Spirulina is particularly suitable for those who need to follow a low-sodium, hypoiodic and low-calorie diet, since it is a freshwater algae (therefore it does not contain high amounts of sodium and iodine) and is low in fat; this is also useful for maintaining an adequate body weight.
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