What is Spirulina?

Just trying to give a detailed answer to the question what is spirulina can give a headache to those who actually know the answer. Nevertheless, this short article will try to provide general information about this blue-green alga and focus less about the possible benefits of this blue green algae at this point.

Although it’s not quite known to the average person, spirulina was used as a food by the ancient Aztec people and by other people that lived in Mesoamerica until the late post classic period (mainly from the 14th until the 16th century in Mesoamerica).

This material is definitely one of the more interesting natural compounds, with a really unique nutritional value that is hard to come by in nature. Apparently, this unique alga is considered to be a complete protein that doesn’t only contain an exceptionally high amount of protein (usually, around 60%-70% and it’s sometimes even higher) and if that isn’t enough, it also contains all amino acids that are essential for the human body (and we are not talking about the tablets or supplements forms, these high concentration of protein are found in the natural form of this organic ingredient).

Of course, this amazing compound is rich with other vitamins and minerals, but you are not going to find the full list of amino acids, minerals, vitamins and etc. that are known to be found in the blue green algae here. Obviously, there is a lot to be said about the advantages of spirulina and the possible dangers of taking this ingredient but this article isn’t going to deal with those specific subjects that a lot can be written and said about those issues.

There were many studies and researches in recent years and decades that dealt with this natural blue-green alga (and scientists are still examining and testing this natural product). Some of those were about the compound’s benefits in animals – for example, a research on diabetic rats that were given this blue green algae showed that the alga it indeed helped the rats to better deal with the abnormal lipid and carbohydrate metabolisms that was probably caused by excess fructose.

In addition, many researches were also conducted with humans. For example, this ingredient was indeed found helpful with the condition of keratosis in humans according to one study, and despite the fact that there are many studies that are trying to investigate this blue green alga even further, there is probably a lot to be discovered yet.

There is actually much to be said and discussed about other interesting studies, whether they present the different benefits of the said product, indicating about possible risks and side effects that may be involved if you’re trying to add this new ingredient to your diet or just trying to answer the seemingly simple question in the header of this page.

It’s necessary to mention that before taking supplements of any kind, whether it’s omega 3 supplements, honeybees pollen granules or spirulina tablets it’s recommended to consult with your doctor before you do so, especially if you are already taking other medications.

If you are looking for information and details about the possible risks and benefits of the said alga mentioned here, feel free to search and further explore the content on this website.