Spirulina is fascinating algae for weight loss and management. These small forms of algae synthesize high-quality concentrated food more efficiently than any other algae. Spirulina is 65 to 70 percent complete protein. All essential amino acids are in perfect balance. Besides it, Spirulina contains excessive concentrations of nutrients – chelated minerals, pigments, amino acids, vitamins, complex natural plant sugars, enzymes, and trace elements.
All nutrients assimilate easily.
- Spirulina is a single-celled alga
- Sizes are from 0.5 millimeters and larger. You can see it with the naked eye.
- Spirulina has prolific reproduction capabilities what allows to grow it artificially in fresh-water ponds.
- The color of Spirulina is from pigments. Chlorophyll gives green and phycocyanin blue color to the alga.
- Spirulina thrives in warm waters. The ideal temperature is from 32 to 45 of Celsius. It would be approximately 85 to 112 of Fahrenheit.
- Spirulina grows in alkaline environment what ensures high hygienic levels of the product.
- Spirulina is one of the cleanest, naturally sterile products grown in nature.
- Spirulina grows in high temperatures and can preserve all nutrients in active and beneficial for the body form. Think about one hundred of Fahrenheit. It is sweltering, isn’t? Spirulina algae enjoy it and could provide you with nutrients of the high value.
- There are thirty-five species of Spirulina which grow in several alkaline lakes in the world.
How Could You Benefit From Spirulina?
- Spirulina provides excellent nutritional value. It helps to manipulate the body’s metabolism in several beneficial ways.
- When you take Spirulina, you got all nutrients for the body’s prosperous existence.
- The body does not crave for the processed food because of all nutrients. You want cookies and soda when you lack vital materials to survive and flourish. Unfortunately, sugar and chemicals cannot support and give building blocks for the body’s metabolism. Spirulina fills this gap with all package of highly concentrated nutrition.
Spirulina strengthens the willpower and ensures dietary success in weight loss journey. How does it happen?
The Help From Proteins
Highly concentrated Spirulina proteins easily absorbed into the body. It contains polysaccharides that raise the glucose levels in the blood. We feel the hunger when blood glucose or amino acids are at the low levels. Spirulina full of rich nutrients can fool the brain into thinking that the stomach is sated.
Keeping The Blood Sugar In The Check
Hypothalamus gland controls appetite which is triggered by falling blood sugar. When we consume Spirulina, highly absorbed nutrients reach the bloodstream maintaining blood sugar levels in moderation without dropping or spiking up. The brain thinks that we are full and does not send signals to request for more food.
Influence Of Amino Acids
Spirulina supports appetite curbing mechanism. Everybody knows how it is difficult to leave the nice looking piece of snack. We think that it will not hurt. Unfortunately, grams add to grams, and it converts to pounds. It nicely sits on the most embarrassing places in the body: abdomen and waist.
Here Spirulina comes to rescue us. We will not drop the portion of ice cream or run away screaming from a refrigerator. We only will feel sated and full. Who needs more to eat if you got everything that your body needs?
Doctors William Goldwag and Marquetta Hungerford of the Center for Holistic and Preventive Medicine in Stanton, California adapted Spirulina in their weight-loss program. They saw the empirical success with their patients.
According to Dr. Passwater, Ph.D., amino acid structure in Spirulina could directly impact levels of neurotransmitters, which control mood, appetite, and ambition in the brain. The brain chemistry can be changed thanks to the Spirulina.
How Does This Miracle Happen?
I call it a miracle because of knowing how it is difficult to resist the temptation of food.
How does it work? In the body, amino acids are broken down during the process of digestion. Then they are resembled by own metabolic processes to build human proteins.
However, some amino acids are straight used to synthesize brain hormones what influence alertness, sense of wellbeing, the resistance of fatigue, energy levels, and mood. All these senses lead to the one big feeling: hunger.
When we get all amino acids from Spirulina, it keeps the body in the relatively equal balance. The brain chemistry remains stable. There are no terrible fluctuations toward any emotional extremity.
Let’s check the picture without Spirulina. When one or few of amino acids are present in excessive amounts, the competition begins. What does it mean? Synthesized brain chemicals begin to predominate over others. When it happens, the mood can be distorted and manipulated.
Exceptional Amino Acids in Spirulina
Spirulina contains high values of phenylalanine and tyrosine. These two amino acids synthesize brain hormones, for instance, norepinephrine. This particular hormone can influence blood pressure and create nervous tension. The release of norepinephrine stimulated by amphetamines and stress.
Scientists believe that it is a lot beneficial to the body naturally manipulate norepinephrine secretion through dietary changes. It can lead to the long-lasting and less harming results.
You would ask what does norepinephrine do? The primary function of the brain hormone is to mobilize the brain and body for action. It means that if we use amphetamines which are artificial chemicals, the body can lose the ability to produce the hormone naturally.
Interesting Facts About Spirulina
Do you know that the beautiful pink or coral flamingos could thank pigments of Spirulina for their appearance? Thousands of birds feast on Spirulina and other algae in Africa, Carribean islands, and South America. Their beaks adapted for scooping of the algae from the bottom. It is a similar principle as whales do. They filter water leaving plankton in their mouth and spitting water out.
How about scientific research of Spirulina? This alga is so fascinating and why nobody screams so loudly about benefits of it? Japanese scientists have shown scientific interest in the therapeutic effects of Spirulina. In the United States of America Spirulina was the exciting object of weight loss.
Thankfully, a resource comes out where you can find astonishing scientific facts about Spirulina. This book Spirulina in Human Nutrition and Health edited by M.E. Gershwin and Amha Belay is the high-quality, peer-reviewed source of evidence about this miraculous alga.
Here is an excerpt from one page about Spirulina’s antibacterial activity:
- Spirulina contains vitamin A, important in preventing eye diseases;
- iron and vitamin B12, useful in treating hypoferric anemia and pernicious anemia;
- to alleviate premenstrual syndrome and an immune system stimulation.
Edible microalgae such as Spirulina are rich in protein, lipid, polysaccharide, fiber, microelements, and bioactive substances. It has been reported to have health and pharmacological properties that can help prevent and cure peptic ulcer and anemia, enhance immunity, as well as antitumor, antiradiation, antipathogenic activities against microorganisms, it can decrease blood lipid and some may act as antiatherosclerosis agents.
The source: Spirulina in Human Nutrition and Health, edited by M.E. Gershwin and Amha Belay, page 247.
I wanted to show what Spirulina is a real thing and praised by scientists and doctors for unique abilities as you see from the excerpt above.
Spirulina is an excellent source of vital nutrients. It is a high source of proteins. When spirulina has 65-71 percent of protein, the beef has only 22 percent.
You lose weight without struggling and craving for sweets because algae provide the body with all needed elements for the metabolism. The body’s metabolism is balanced. All processes go smoothly and efficiently. Spirulina delivers excellent nutrition four our bodily needs.
There is no need to store fat just in case if you have the shortage of the food. It happens when we consume junk food and drink excessively sugary drinks. The body starves for nutrients, does not find them in the processed food and requires more. You or I go to check the next container of ice cream. Unfortunately, we will gain more pounds and will pave the easy path to chronical disorders such as diabetes.
Spirulina is the twenty-first-century food. It is easy to harvest, store and consume. Japanese philosopher Toru Matsui lived only on the Spirulina and other algae for fifteen years.
I could not survive only on Spirulina mentally such a long time. However, I experienced benefits of this fascinating algae. The satisfaction of eating a moderate amount of dinner and disappearance of cravings shows me that Spirulina is a “green gold of the future.”
Fascinating algae for weight loss and management of the body’s metabolism provide optimal nutrition. If you are the nutritionally aware person, Spirulina is an excellent choice for you.
How To Use Spirulina?
Spirulina comes in forms of powder, tablets, and capsules. Spirulina is a food. Usually, people consume 6 to 10 grams of Spirulina. It would be 12 to 20 tablets daily. I used the powder or tablets. Tablets work for me better because I can eat them like candies. They slowly melt in the mouth. The powder usually has the light metallic taste that does not appeal to some of the users.
Some of the people like to add Spirulina to smoothies. The metallic taste disappears when some banana involved or another sweet fruit.