Every year it seems like another berry, nut or seed is touted as the latest and greatest SUPERFOOD we’ve been missing our whole lives!
Last year it was açai, before that it was kale and before that red wine!
However, while these so-called superfoods do provide certain benefits, they can’t hold a candle to the original fatigue and disease fighting superfood machine that is…
What Is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a type of algae, specifically a blue green microalgae, claimed to be one of the planet’s oldest life forms!
But YOU probably know this superfood by its other less than attractive nickname…
… pond scum.
But don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds, because this green powerhouse possesses a number of surprising benefits...
… benefits you really need to know about!
5 Reasons Why Men Should Take Spirulina Supplements
Spirulina Is Extremely Nutrient Dense
If you’re always travelling or working so much you rarely get time to fit in a meal, you may find spirulina supplements a quick and easy way to get those quality nutrients your body craves.
On average, one tablespoon of spirulina powder contains:
- 4g Protein
- 0.5g Fat
- 1.7g Carbohydrate
- 11% of your daily value of Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
- 4% of your daily value of Niacin (Vitamin B3)
- 15% of your daily value of Roboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- 11% of your daily value of Iron
- 3% of your daily value of Magnesium
- 2% of your daily value of Potassium
- 21% of your daily value of Copper
- and much more!
As good as this sounds, it’s important to remember that supplements are to be used as just that… supplements. Complementing or filling the gaps where your nutrition may be lacking, and never used as a complete replacement for all of your meals.
Spirulina May Improve Exercise And Athletic Performance
Spirulina is a potent antioxidant that can aid in reducing the length of time your body spends in an inflamed state after exercise.
Some studies have suggested that supplementing with spirulina may also aid in promoting muscular strength and endurance.
Test subjects in one study were seen to fatigue much later than those of the placebo group and maintained their benefits 8 weeks after the trial had ended.
Spirulina May Help Improve Your Immune System
As mentioned earlier, spirulina is a potent antioxidant which aids in fighting free radical damage and inflammation in the body.
Some studies even suggest that spirulina supplementation may help reduce the risk of cancer in some people, particularly in cases of oral cancer.
One study showed that after taking 1g of spirulina for a full year, 45% of test subjects suffering from precancerous oral legions experienced a complete regression. Which was much higher compared to the 7% in the control group.
Interestingly enough, roughly half of those subjects grew their lesions back 1 year after they stopped supplementing with spirulina.
Spirulina May Reduce The Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure is a major concern for many New Zealand and Australian men.
Hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure) can lead to lifechanging illnesses such as heart attack, stroke and more.
It’s suggested spirulina may fight these conditions via a blue pigment protein complex known as phycocyanin, which works to lower abnormally high blood pressure.
Spirulina May Aid In Lowering Bad Cholesterol
Another way spirulina supplementation may help reduce cardiovascular disease relates to its beneficial effect on cholesterol.
Spirulina powder doses of 1g per day have been seen to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) in the blood, while at the same time raising HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol).
It also seems the more to you take the better the results, with studies reporting a reduction of 10.1% in LDL and 16.3% in triglycerides at 1g per day and greater results at an even higher dosage of 4.5 to 8g per day.