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Spirulina – Dietary supplement for astronauts

Spirulina – Dietary supplement for astronauts

Spirulina or Arthrospira is a blue-green alga that became famous after it was successfully used by NASA as a dietary supplement for astronauts on space missions. 

Benefits:

  • Ability to modulate immune functions 
  • Exhibits anti-inflammatory properties by inhibiting the release of histamine by mast cells
  • Anticancer, antiviral and antiallergic effects

Ingredients:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamins B-1(thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3(nicotinamide), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid)
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Iron
  • Protein
  • Calcium
  • Potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium,  manganese, phosphorus,  selenium, sodium and zinc.

Preparation:

  • Spirulina Powder – 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. The least expensive but has a a strong flavor
  • Spirulina Capsule – Small, portable tablets called “EnergyBits.” Very easy to take and no unpleasant taste

Caution:

  • Those with PKU should consult with a doctor before taking, as it does contain that amino acid. Those on any type of anti-coagulation medicine should consult with a doctor before beginning (or stopping) taking Spirulina. Some people with autoimmune disease do not do well with this supplement. If you are pregnant, nursing or have any medical condition, check with your doctor first as it is often not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.

Reference:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8584455/

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