In the world of food supplements, spirulina is one of the best known. For sure, you’ve come across the term somewhere. But what is Spirulina and what is it for? And, by the way, is it really worth including in the food? We brought all the answers in the paragraphs below:
What is spirulina?
According to Drs. Alisson Melo and Elifas Rodrigues, of the Benessere Clinic of Neurology and Personalized Health, spirulina is a cyanobacterium that can be used as a dietary supplement due to its high concentration of nutrients, proteins, minerals, B vitamins, vitamins A and C, amino acids and antioxidants such as phycocyanin and conical acid, as well as minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium. “It is undoubtedly one of the most complete natural supplements available in nature,” they explain.
And with all that nutrients and vitamins in the composition, it’s easy to think it’s worth the intake, right? But, like any other dietary supplement, it is necessary to understand its real need and its purpose with supplementation. According to doctors, spirulina is indicated for various treatments, which go through prevention of heart diseases, such as infarction, cancer, diabetes, and malnutrition, as well as treatments of obese people.
“It is also indicated for women who have a high menstrual flow and who are in the climacteric or menopause; for the elderly, because its antioxidants and minerals help fight inflammations and improve immunity, and helps in reducing renal toxicity by heavy metals and medicines used in the treatment of cancers,” they say.
Spirulina: contraindications and appropriate doses
As we have seen above, it is important to have the indication of a doctor for the due use of spirulina, since its excessive consumption can cause gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, and even diarrhea. More serious symptoms such as allergies, itching, difficulty breathing, and difficulty swallowing food may also appear in such cases.
As for contraindications, they also exist, and it is important to keep them in mind. “Consumption is not indicated for pregnant or nursing women, as most of the substances ingested by the woman will also pass to the baby through breast milk,” they explain. “It should also not be ingested by children and people suffering from phenylketonuria.”
Still, spirulina brings a number of benefits to the body and is indicated in several stages of life. The essential is to follow medical guidance for consumption, which can be done in a single dose or fractionated in 2 to 3 doses throughout the day, preferably always 20 minutes before the main meals.