Strength: 1-Rep Max Deadlift
WOD: 7min AMRAP:
7 Goblet Squats (55/35)
14 Wall Ball Situps
Spirulina contains high quantities of protein; vitamins; minerals such as zinc, copper, iron and selenium; carotenoid antioxidants; and gamma linolenic acid, also known as GLA , an omega-6 fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties. While spirulina’s protein content is an impressive 62 percent, you would need to consume large quantities for it to represent a significant protein source in your diet. Spirulina supplements are available in pill, powder and flake form.
A study published in the January 2011 issue of the journal “Cellular and Molecular Immunology” found that spirulina improved immune function and anemia in older people. In the study, 40 participants 50 and older took spirulina supplements for 12 weeks and showed improved white blood cell counts and markers for immune function. Red blood cell volume and content of hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying molecule, increased more in the men, while benefits occurred more rapidly in the women. The researchers concluded that spirulina might provide blood and immune building benefits in older people.
Spirulina might protect against infection by strengthening the membranes that line the intestinal tract, according to a study published in the October 2009 issue of the “Journal of Medicinal Food.” In the study, laboratory animals that took spirulina showed increased levels of certain immune cells and decreased levels of antigens, molecules that trigger an immune response, on the surface of cells. The researchers concluded that spirulina assists immune function by improving the protective barrier of the intestinal tract as a first line of defense against infection.
Dosage and Cutions
A typical daily dose of spirulina is approximately 500 mg. As a caution, spirulina grown and harvested in the wild, typically on the surfaces of lakes, can be contaminated with toxic substances from the water. Check into the source to be sure you’re purchasing the purest product possible. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends that people with autoimmune conditions avoid spirulina, as it can have a stimulating effect on the immune system. Spirulina m inightteract with certain medications, so consult with your doctor before supplementing with spirulina.
You can find Spirulina at Joeten Superstore.
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