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Spirulina and Protein in Our Bodies

The protein comprises a chain of amino acids that are essential for our bodies in the cultivation of hair, nails, skins, muscles and internal organs. Nutritionists advise that if you are training or exercising to achieve a lean body and perfect muscle building, then it is necessary to consume at least one gram of protein per half a kilogram, of your body weight daily. Protein makes 20 % of the human body, thus it is not only used for muscle building but also to maintain the body’s immune system and synthesis of DNA. Whenever you consume protein, it is broken down into amino acids, which are the building blocks of our bodies. Thus, protein rebuilds and repairs every cell of our bodies.

Unlike fats, proteins are not readily stored in our bodies, thus it needs regular consumptions throughout the day. Quite often in many foods such as meat, milk and beans, the proteins are not easily absorbed, thus this is where spirulina would come as an easy supplement for proteins for most athletes. With over 65% of the total protein weight as compared to only 22% of beef, this natural sea vegetable superfood offers a plant-based protein that is easily digested and rapidly assimilated and absorbed into the human body. Its proteins are biologically complete, meaning that they provide all the essential amino acids, that is, Leucine, Lysine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Methionine, Tryptophane, Threonine and valine in the right proportions.Besides that, Spirulina also has ten of the total non-essential amino acids.

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Athletes and bodybuilders need to ingest food that is dense in nutrients, specifically proteins to perform at their best and maximum potential. Spirulina provides a clean energy due to its high chlorophyll content, extends speeds and endurance and increases the stamina during exercises as well as the mental agility.It also contains high doses of vitamins, mineral, antioxidants and natural forms of polyphenols, easily available and digestible for the human body thus helps prevent diseases, reduces blood pressures, stops feelings of hunger, reduces the blood cholesterol, helps in weight loss, improves digestions, balances the blood sugar levels, removes toxins and much more other functions. Spirulina is also highly alkaline hence it helps regulate an athlete’s internal body Ph.

Spirulina is easily digestible, believe it or not, thirty minutes after ingestion, it is already absorbed into the body. Why is it so?

Spirulina is a single-celled organism, meaning that its cell walls are made up of soft fibers, thus its amazingly high digestibility rate.

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Spirulina and Physical Workouts and Exercises

During sessions of intense training most athletes experience an anemic deficit of iron, with much more clinical symptoms such as muscle fatigue and exhaustion. Spirulina is highly rich in bioavailable iron. In a study done by Moorhead K et.al on Spirulina nutrition, Spirulina has 2300% more iron than spinach. Thus daily consumption of a few grams of spirulina significantly decreases and eradicates the iron deficit symptoms eventually increasing the optimal physical activity eventually leading to more muscle gains.

A study on the effects of supplementation of Spirulina on various athletes showed that spirulina induced significant increments in fat oxidation and exercise performance. Athletes felt much more bouncy, less fatigue after the performance of physical load, improved sleep quality, and the recuperation processes much faster with much more endurance while performing various exercises. Healing and repairing of the body and muscle cells and tissues help to build it up more. Consumption of Spirulina increases the levels of the Myosin, the contractile protein thus increasing the synthesis of the muscle protein.

Another research conducted on athletes showed that the time of fatigue after a two-hour run was significantly reduced after supplementation of the spirulina in comparison to a placebo.

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Ingestion of spirulina increased the rate of fat oxidation over 10 percent. Intense exercises often produce excessive free radicals and this excessive free radical causes damages of tissue cells. Spirulina works by restoring, rejuvenating and build up the muscles due to its antioxidant properties. The high content of antioxidants is responsible for fighting oxidative stress and reduces oxidation. This is attributed to the chlorophyll, carotenoids, beta-carotene, phycocyanin, xanthophylls and superoxide Dismutase antioxidants pigments. Specifically, C-phycocyanin demonstrated an anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective and neuroprotective effects which were quite beneficial for the athletes by fighting off the free radicals by inhibiting the productions of the inflammatory signals molecules.

Spirulina is also nitrogen based thus it helps an athlete’s body get more nitric oxide that allows more oxygen and blood to get into the bodies, muscles and brain cells and tissues. Its alkalinity and high iron and chlorophyll content profile help brings oxygen to our cells easily such that you won’t easily suffer from muscle soreness due to excessive lactic acid productions after an intense exercise period, thus helping you build more muscles instead of damaging it.

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Conclusions

Consumption of Spirulina after your workouts will help you burn more fats, get toned faster, making you achieve a strong, slim and lean perfect body. This is because its high content of amino acids, the building blocks of muscle building, which are important and crucial in reducing soreness and repairing of any muscle and tissues damages. Consumption of spirulina after exercises will not only get protein easily absorbed into the body, but it will also help you cut hunger and suppress appetite, thus helping you lose weight as well. Always supplement your diet with Spirulina since it is nature’s form of whole food supplementation, which will enrich your body with adequate and balanced nutrients at the right proportions.

The standard dose of spirulina should be at least four to six 500mg of tablets daily. However for muscle performance and synthesis you might increase your dosage up to eight to ten tablets, that’s equivalent to 5grams of Spirulina. Spirulina has been proven to be non-toxic for normal human consumption if they are from a natural source of water that is free toxins and waste materials. Thus, ensure that you buy spirulina from a reputable health and food store. Always consult your doctor before consumption of any spirulina, just in case you might have an allergic reaction or any existing autoimmune disease.

We wish you the best in your body and muscle building exercises! Do remember to supplement your diet with Spirulina to achieve your goals easily and faster!

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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0899900710001267