In the supplements worlds, the recent new-kid-in-the-block that claims to be magic is – Spirulina. Let us analyze if there is any truth in this!
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae, which is, in fact, a type of bacteria called cyanobacteria. Spirulina is cultivated and freeze-dried into green powder and is not packed into capsule or powder form. Spirulina is very high in protein; per 10 gm of spirulina has nearly 6 gms of protein which is much more than many vegetables. It’s also a good source of various minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. It is also rich in Vit B1 (thiamine), VitB2 (Riboflavin) & Vit B3(Niacin). It also contains beta-carotene, gamma-linolenic acid (one of the essential fatty acids) etc. Spirulina is also rich in antioxidant – phycocyanin; anti-oxidants help in neutralizing the dangerous free radicals in our body
However, spirulina is often sold by the supplement companies and agents, like a magic pill that helps in reducing cholesterol, managing diabetes, hypertension, reducing bad cholesterol, etc. There is little to no evidence in all these claims. Besides, the recommended intake of spirulina in a day is up to 1 spoon or 1 capsule which amounts to hardly 4-6 gms of protein only and hence is by no means be projected as a protein source for your body! A normal human being may need 60 – 150 gms of protein depending on the age, gender, weight, physical activities, and other metabolic conditions
Further, spirulina is not regulated by the FDA and hence there is no guarantee that the product you bought will be devoid of any contaminations or has the amount of nutrients as mentioned in its label
Long story short – There are no magic pills or superfoods! Every food has certain kinds and types of nutrients that the body needs. While they are good in its required quantities, overeating them can cause grave health problems. Becoming healthy and fit requires nutrition+exercise+rest. If anything is too good toprotf be true, then it is probably not true!