Blue algae: benefits and properties

algae-blue properties The algae (as we could know in our special about the properties of algae ) are highly nutritious foods that give us a great content in both minerals and vitamins.

They are plants of fresh or salty water that count on the same cycles that the terrestrial plants. But they have a special peculiarity: they grow, reproduce and die without the intervention of sowing or irrigation.

Inside of algae family we can find a very interesting variety, from the cultivation of different specials such as Spirulina maxina wave Microcystis wesenbergii , which are called blue algae (also known by the name of blue-green algae ).

We can find blue or blue-green algae in alkaline waters of subtropical and tropical zones , which have a high content of salts, hence they have that characteristic color of bluish green.

Nutritional properties of blue algae

The blue algae provide a good amount of proteins , although not greater than those that, for example, could provide us with a good piece of meat or an egg.

However, they are rich in B vitamins, and much more in minerals, among which iron (for example, 20 g. spirulina they contribute approximately 4 mg. of iron).

Benefits of blue algae for health

  • Help to strengthen the immune system . Hence, they are recommended at the time of increase defenses .
  • They improve digestion.
  • Adequate against premenstrual syndrome.
  • It helps increase memory.
  • It reduces the symptoms of stress and depression.
  • Prevents cardiovascular diseases, while reducing levels of high cholesterol .

How much daily is it recommended to consume blue algae?

Taking into account that excessive consumption of these algae is not recommended at all (in fact, its use is prohibited in cases of phenylketonuria), it is appropriate to consume no more than 5 grams of these algae per day.

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