Blue Green Algae For Athletes

Getting the most out of your diet is one of the most important parts of training specially for athletes. Not just focusing on the macros, but rather nutrition from a holistic point of view. It sounds logical but really, most professional athletes end up focusing on getting a lot of a few select nutrients and overlook the rest. This is where supplementing comes in.

Supplementation, the simplest sense of the word, is the means to supply or fill-in the gaps left by lack of sources of nutrients and one of these is what people refer to as blue green algae supplements. As the name suggests, blue green algae supplements are made of blue green algae and is considered Mother Nature’s first superfood due to it being one of the first living organisms on Earth.

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Multiple studies agree blue green algae is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, containing an array of enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Athletes will find it to be a great source of protein and we all know protein is the top nutrient when it comes to building athletic bodies. The main selling point of blue green algae supplement is its ability to facilitate faster muscle recovery. More than just recovery food, its full spectrum of essential amino acids, mineral salts and vitamins fully supports the body’s bones and joints. 

We’ve produced a new organic dietary supplement, FriDop, from a mixture of organic Klamath micro-algae and vitamin E. It’s also been studied and tested to obtain a product with greater concentration of its main components.

More than just being generally good for you, we uncovered two more specific health benefits athletes will love.

Good for the heart

When it comes to heart disease, the generally agreed way to lower its risk is by lowering unhealthy cholesterol levels. Blue green algae is known to have what you call a hypocholesterolemic effect – it helps reduce unhealthy cholesterol levels in the blood. One study highlights the use of blue green algae supplementation with up to 15% by weight of diet significantly improved plasma lipid profiles of hyperlipidemic rats and mice fed a high-fat/high-cholesterol diet or a high-fructose diet. [1]

The dietary hyperlipidemia caused by the high-fructose diet was improved by Spirulina feeding, accompanied by a significant increase in the lipoprotein lipase activity in post-heparin plasma.”

Reduces inflammation risk

Consuming blue green algae has been shown to boost immunity and protect against inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, colitis, and allergic rhinitis in both animal and human studies. One study highlights the beneficial properties of taking blue green algae supplement for inflammation. [2]

Oral administration of Spirulina fusiformis (800 mg/kg/b.wt) significantly altered these above physical and biochemical changes observed in arthritic animals to near normal conditions. Hence results of this study clearly indicate that Spirulina fusiformis has promising anti-inflammatory activity against adjuvant-induced arthritic animals.”

Takeaway

Supplementation can be a great way to fill in the gaps in nutrition due to lack of dietary sources. Blue green algae is an example of an all-around supplement capable of nourishing the body as well as giving it protection from heart and inflammatory diseases.

References:

  1. Iwata K, Inayama T, Kato T. Effects of Spirulina platensis on plasma lipoprotein lipase activity in fructose-induced hyperlipidemic rats. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol. 1990;36(2):165-71.
  2. Rasool M, Sabina EP, Lavanya B. Anti-inflammatory effect of Spirulina fusiformis on adjuvant-induced arthritis in mice. Biol Pharm Bull. 2006;29(12):2483-7.

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2018-05-21T11:36:52+00:00