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Benefits of Spirulina for Weight Loss

by
author image Joshua McCarron
Joshua McCarron has been writing both online and offline since 1995. He has been employed as a copywriter since 2005 and in that position has written numerous blogs, online articles, websites, sales letters and news releases. McCarron graduated from York University in Toronto with a bachelor's degree in English.
Benefits of Spirulina for Weight Loss
Spirulina may be used to help you lose weight. Photo Credit Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images

Overview

Spirulina is a single-cell, microscopic blue-green algae that is one of the earliest forms of life on the planet, according to the Spirulina World website. Spirulina is considered a "superfood" due to its vast array of nutrients, including protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins B, C, E and chlorophyll. Spirulina is typically consumed in the modern diet in capsule, tablet, or powdered form, and may be used as part of a weight loss program. Take spirulina according to the manufacturer's directions, and consult your physician before including spirulina in your weight loss efforts.

High Nutrient Content

Often, when you feel hungry your body is creating the effect because it is looking to fill its own need for nutrients. When you feed yourself poor-quality foods regularly, your brain will trigger your appetite in an effort to find what it wants, according to the Spirulina World website. Spirulina will increase the concentration of nutrients in your body and may reduce hunger and cravings in the process.

High in Protein

Taking spirulina regularly is ideal for building muscle or low-carb diets due to its high-protein content. Spirulina contains up to 70 percent protein depending on growing conditions, as well as all eight essential amino acids. The digestive absorption of the protein in spirulina is four times greater than that of beef, according to ChlorellaFactor.com. Easily digestible protein in conjunction with a sound exercise plan will help build lean muscle mass, which will help your body burn more calories throughout the day.

Low in Calories

Spirulina supplies only 3.9 calories for each gram of protein, as compared to beef, which supplies 65 calories for each gram of protein, according to NaturalWays.com. A standard 500 mg tablet of spirulina only has two calories. Regular consumption of spirulina will provide you with a good portion of your daily nutritional needs, without any caloric consequences.

Essential Fatty Acids

Spirulina is a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, and GLA, or gamma linolenic acid, says ChlorellaFactor.com. The greatest concentration of GLA found anywhere is in breast milk, as it used for the brain development of the growing baby. GLA can also help regulate your blood sugar and control insulin levels, which will in turn minimize carbohydrate binging and help you lose weight.

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