The high content in easily digestible proteins (complete amino-acid chain), minerals and vitamins, makes Spirulina the perfect superfood for bodybuilding, especially for vegetarians and vegans.
From the amino-acids, leucine, isoleucine and lysine are outstanding in amount compared to other vegan protein powders like hemp, for example.
Leucine has been found to slow the degradation of muscle tissue in otherwise healthy body-builders as well as stimulating body fat loss. Some high profile athletes have been using lysine on a regular base as a mean to stimulate their growth hormone and therefore their muscle growth while training.
Lysine is abundant in primary animal-source protein (meat, fish) but the one present in Spirulina powder is free from purines, which can overload the kidneys and produce gout attacks.
Spirulina helps with the digestion and breakdown of your meals, making it a great pre and post workout powder to add to your smoothies and drinks.
The food breakdown can translate into energy for the bodybuilder and other athletes and give you enough fuel to follow through the hardest training sessions.
Spirulina also helps to reduce fatigue by controlling to over acidification of your body during exercise and enhances the brains’ functions.
Spirulina contains a combination of nutrients (β carotene, vitamin B12, tocopherols, essential fatty acids, polysaccharides, glycolipids, sulfolipids and phycobiliprotein) which exerts more neuroprotective effects than any single nutrient source.
Spirulina has clinically shown to reduce oxidative stress occurring during body-building and other sportive activities:
Diets enriched with foods with high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) promote cognitive and neurochemical balance and maintain cellular homeostasis.