The protein-rich and rare superfood in Spain that protects against cancer
Spirulina is a superfood That has been studied for its various properties and health benefits. Spirulina, or Arthrospira, is a blue-green algae which became famous after NASA successfully used it as a dietary supplement for astronauts on space missions, reports the National Center for Biotechnology Information of the United States Government.
Here are some of its properties supported by scientific sources:
High nutritional content
Spirulina is known for its exceptional nutritional profile. It is an excellent source of high quality protein and contains a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals. According to a study published in the journal Journal of Applied PhycologySpirulina is a rich source of protein, carotenoids, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals..
Spirulina contains several antioxidants that help protect the body against free radicals and oxidative stress. A study conducted at the Wuhan University in China found that antioxidants present in spirulina, such as phycocyanin, can have protective effects against oxidative damage.
Spirulina has shown anti-inflammatory effects in preclinical and clinical studies. According to a study published in the journal Marine DrugsThe bioactive components present in spirulina have anti-inflammatory properties and may help modulate inflammatory responses in the body.
Improvement of lipid profile
Several studies have shown that spirulina supplementation can help improve blood lipid levels. A meta-analysis published in the journal Clinical Nutrition found that spirulina can significantly reduce total cholesterol and triglyceride levels in individuals with hyperlipidemia.
Immune system booster.
Spirulina contains compounds that can strengthen the immune system. A study conducted at the University of California found that supplementation with spirulina increased the activity of key immune cells, such as natural killer cells and lymphocytes.
Some studies have investigated the effect of spirulina in the prevention and treatment of cancer. A study published in the journal Cancer Science showed that spirulina has antitumor properties and can inhibit the growth of cancer cells in several types of cancer.
Boom in the Spanish market
In the Spanish market, the production and consumption of spirulina is starting to have its space. There are already several companies growing spirulina in Spain.
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