Spirulina for a revitalizing slimming diet

Apart from being a wonderful immune system booster, Spirulina is also the best ally to a slimming program, especially combined with other beneficial plants.

Apart from being a wonderful immune system booster, thanks to his rich content in vitamins, proteins, carotenoids and phycocyanin, Spirulina is also the best ally to a slimming program, especially combined with other beneficial plants such as watercress.

Beyond all its proven therapeutic qualities, Spirulina is of precious help for people concerned about losing weight… without losing their tone and morale:

It allows the reduction of the caloric intake of meals without suffering from hunger, deficiencies, “tiredness” and low morale, while keeping muscle mass intact. It provides all the nutritional elements necessary for the body to function properly and keep all its vitality while being very low in calories: 1 handful of Spirulina contains as much protein as 35 g of beef, calcium as 3 glasses of milk, iron as 3 bowls of spinach, beta-carotene as more than 18 carrots, with a lower caloric intake. It particularly well compensates for the iron and vitamin A deficiencies that are inevitable in the case of dietary restrictions (see the ANSES report (1)).

Source of phenylalanine

Spirulina is a source of phenylalanine, an amino acid that is a precursor to cholecystokinin (CCK), a hormone produced by the brain to signal satiety. Spirulina consumption therefore increases CCK concentrations causing an appetite suppressant effect.

It cleanses and purifies the organs of the gastrointestinal system, triggering a natural thinning process. Excess weight is closely linked to the intoxication of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and intestines, which can no longer perform their functions properly. Spirulina Phycocyanin, a powerful detoxifying agent for the liver and kidneys, promotes the synthesis of bile salts and the fecal evacuation of cholesterol while activating tissue regeneration. It also helps to rebuild the intestinal flora and promote assimilation.

It stimulates and regenerates the liver and regulates the elimination of fat.

The cellular membranes of Spirulina, composed in particular of polysaccharides, are particularly sensitive to digestive juices and therefore allow an excellent assimilation of its elements by our body. It is absorbed with minimal insulin intervention, thus limiting the sugar content and its accumulation in the form of fat (2). On the other hand, rich in fast sugars, it provides almost immediate energy, without tiring the pancreas or causing reactive hypoglycemia. By stimulating liver activity it helps to prevent the accumulation of fatty acids.

It also has a positive effect on mood – often altered during the “diet” phase – since it is a precursor to the synthesis of noradrenaline and dopamine, two neurotransmitters with antidepressant effects.

Spirulina combined with watercress for better efficiency

Watercress, like Spirulina, is very low in calories (only 17 kcal per 100 grams) while being very rich in nutrients! Combined, these two plants strengthen their virtues nourishing the body while not bring more calories. 

Like Spirulina, watercress low caloric content is far from being its only asset: it provides a lot of calcium (160 mg per 100g). Particularly bioavailable, the calcium absorption rate of watercress is about 67%, while that of spinach is 5%. It also has a good density of iron, magnesium, zinc, iodine, higher than most fresh vegetables… and is also very rich in vitamins such as vitamin C (since a 75 gram serving is enough to fill half of the daily intake!), provitamin A (antioxidant), vitamin B9, vitamin E, vitamin K.

Diuretic and depurative, watercress is considered as a “detox” food. Its sulphur compounds and fibres promote the evacuation of toxins and contribute in particular to better prevention of certain cancers: such as those of the lung, ovaries and kidneys (3). It is also a recommended vegetable in diabetes since its regular consumption helps to lower the sugar level. It should be noted that watercress is considered to be the counterpoison to nicotine.

Activa Spirulina is composed of a studied blend of dry extracts of Spirulina and Cresson, whose dosage and quality of active ingredients make it the best ally against iron deficiency:

  • It provides an exceptional supply of essential nutrients while reducing caloric intake,
  • A natural “appetite suppressant” effect,
  • A detox effect in the digestive system that causes a natural thinning process,
  • A liver stimulation that, in good health, regulates the body’s absorption of fat.

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[1] https://www.anses.fr/fr/system/files/NUT2009sa0099.pdf
[2] Fukino H., et al. (1990), “Effect of spirulina on the renal toxicity induced by inorganic mercury and cisplatin” Eisei Kagaku, 36:5.
[3] Brennan P, Hsu CC, et al. Effect of cruciferous vegetables on lung cancer in patients stratified by genetic status: a mendelian randomisation approach. Lancet 2005 October 29;366(9496):1558-60. Pan SY, Ugnat AM, et al. A case-control study of diet and the risk of ovarian cancer.Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2004 September;13(9):1521-7.

 

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