As you probably know, bodybuilding is a discipline that requires not only rigor in training but also rigor on the nutritional level. You should know that a good part of the work goes through food. Indeed, this sport requires a minimum of knowledge on nutrition. Depending on your goals: muscle mass gain or lean muscle, you will develop a food plan to meet your goals and possibly combine it with a supplement. As you probably know, there are a ton of food supplements out there. Not all are worth it! Many bodybuilders consume it. But there are also many people who are against taking supplements. That said, there are certain supplements like spirulina, totally natural, the benefits of which are well established.
What is spirulina?
Spirulina is freshwater microalgae. It is found in particular in the south of France where it is cultivated. Spirulina is naturally rich in protein and amino acids. It is also rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Therefore, if you were looking for a 100% natural food supplement, I can only advise you to orient yourself on spirulina. In addition, as it is a source of highly qualitative vegetable protein, spirulina should appeal to vegetarian bodybuilders.
Spirulina and bodybuilding
Take Spirulina for bodybuilding is interesting if your goal is to gain muscle mass. It is a low calorie supplement (only 290Kcal per 100 grams) and very rich in protein (60% of its weight, that’s twice as much as a steak). As I said, it is rich in amino acids and in particular in BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine, valine). This amino acid is particularly prized for its anticatabolic action. And that’s not all, spirulina also contains polyunsaturated fatty acids (DHA …) which promote the functioning of the heart and blood vessels. Also, it is naturally rich in iron (30% of its weight), magnesium and zinc.
The benefits of spirulina in bodybuilding are numerous:
- Improved performance, endurance and fatigue resistance.
- Less muscle aches. There is also an anti-inflammatory action. Beta-carotene helps relieve muscle mass after exercise
- Significant drop in bad cholesterol levels, decrease in blood sugar levels
- The immune defenses are stimulated.
- Better oxygenation of muscle tissue which is favorable to mass gain
- Fight against the fall of free radicals.
- Little help to lose weight (opinions are mixed on)
- No side effect
To conclude, spirulina is an interesting food supplement because it is 100% natural. As it is naturally rich in vegetable proteins, it is therefore suitable for vegetarians. Indeed, any diet must contain a balanced intake of protein. Otherwise, you expose yourself to deficiencies or even muscle wasting. Before purchase and if you are looking for organic, check where the spirulina was produced. The standards change from one country to another… And therefore, do not rely on an organic or AB label. Finally, this food supplement can have other benefits, in particular on the skin and the hair / hair. So if in addition you were looking for a supplement for the beard …