The perfect microalgae for vegetarians and vegans
Have you eliminated or reduced your consumption of animal products – and are now concerned about avoiding nutritional deficiencies? Algae can help you keep your body in good shape.
A balanced diet provides our body with the vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates that it needs. For those who follow vegetarian or vegan diets, it is especially important to make sure that you take in good-quality proteins, vitamin B12, and iron. These nutrients do not appear often in the plant kingdom – and generally take incomplete or difficult-to-absorb forms where they exist.
All proteins are made up of amino acids. Of the twenty amino acids, eight must be provided by our diet – these are known as essential amino acids.While animal proteins contain all of the essential amino acids, individual plant-based proteins do not. Thus, the right combination of foods is especially important to ensuring the proper balance of amino acids in a vegetarian or vegan diet – in fact, a deficiency in a single essential amino acid has the same health consequences as a total protein deficiency.
Vitamin B12 is the nutrient of which vegans are most at risk of deficiency – because the rare plant-based sources of this vitamin are lacto-fermented foods that generally are not part of our everyday menu (e.g., sauerkraut, kefir, etc.) Vitamin B12 deficiency can have very serious consequences in terms of neural and psychological disorders, and can even result in anemia.
Iron deficiency can affect both vegetarians and vegans, leading to extreme fatigue or even asthenia. The iron in vegetables is often present only in smaller quantities – and is not absorbed by the body as well as the iron found in meat. However, the iron naturally contained in spirulina is different – in that it is absorbed just about as well as the iron from meat.
Algae – a natural, effective solution for supplementing a vegetarian diet
Algae, particularly spirulina, represent an excellent source of protein, because they include all 20 amino acids – just like animal-based proteins. Chlorella contains vitamin B12 that is especially well assimilated by the body. Naturally iron-enriched spirulina contains iron that can be absorbed particularly well by the body, and thus can help combat or prevent iron deficiencies.
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