What percentage of spirulina is protein?
Claim: Spirulina is great source of protein. It's true that spirulina contains 60 percent protein by weight and all the essential amino acids.
10 Scientifically-Proven Health Benefits of Spirulina
- Spirulina is Rich in Protein. By weight, Spirulina has a high protein content.
- Anti-oxidant Qualities.
- Blood Glucose and Insulin Sensitivity.
- Blood Lipids.
- Muscle Performance: Power and Endurance.
- Liver Health: Fatty Liver and Enzymes.
- You can stir a small spoonful of spirulina powder into a glass of water or juice and drink it straight, or you can add some to a smoothie. Be warned: Just a small amount of deeply-pigmented spirulina will change the color of your drink into a deep blue-green, almost black.
- Regulation of Microcystins. Spirulina contains microcystins, groups of amino acids that can be toxic to your liver if you take in too much of them, according to Purdue University. To be safe, look for products that do not contain a high concentration of microcystins.
- Most of time high blood pressure doesn't always exhibit symptoms, it is a serious condition, and can put you at a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.Normal blood pressure should be 119/79 mmHg, Spirulina reduces blood pressure by increasing nitric oxide production in the body.
However, Spirulina is rich in nutrients, some of which aren't found in the average daily vitamin. According to the FDA, Spirulina contains significant amounts of calcium, niacin, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. It also has essential amino acids (compounds that are the building blocks of proteins).
- If you are just starting to take Spirulina, build up the dose gradually:
- For the first two days, take 1 tablet daily.
- For the next two days, take 2 tablets daily.
- For the following two days take 3 tablets daily, etc., until you reach the required dosage.
- Take the tablets with water just before meals.
- For people suffering from celian disease is crucial to follow a strict gluten free diet. (Take a look at our blog “Wheat free foods” to learn more about this diet.) Spirulina is a powerful source of protein, minerals, and vitamins.
- Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water. The whole plant is used to make nutritional supplements and medicine. Chlorella is also used to increase “good” bacteria in the intestine in order to improve digestion; and to help treat ulcers, colitis, Crohn's disease, and diverticulosis.
Generally, proteins derived from animal foods (meats, fish, poultry, milk, eggs) are complete. Other foods, such as amaranth, buckwheat, hempseed, meat, poultry, Salvia hispanica, soybeans, quinoa, seafood, seaweed, and spirulina also are complete protein foods, but may not obtain a PDCAAS score of 1.0.
- Soy: a complete source of protein. Soybeans contain all of the essential amino acids necessary for human nutrition and have been grown and harvested for thousands of years. Populations with diets high in soy protein and low in animal protein have lower risks of prostate and breast cancers than other populations.
- The catch with plant protein sources is that they do not always contain all the essential amino acids in required proportions, making them incomplete proteins. While chia seeds do contain all the essential amino acids, one tablespoon of chia only contains three grams of protein.
- Seitan is a food made from the gluten of wheat. Its texture is dense and a bit on the chewy side and it can be substituted for meat in many dishes. At Whole Foods Market, I find seitan in the dairy aisle with the tofu and tempeh. It's sold in various forms, including strips and crumbles.
Updated: 2nd October 2019