Spirulina for Increased Exercise Performance

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND, from “Ergogenic and Antioxidant Effects of Spirulina Supplementation in Humans,” in the 2009 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in amino acids, minerals, vitamin C and vitamin E (1,2).  Spirulina also has antioxidant properties and has been shown to protect against oxidative damage from exercise (1).  Recent research discovered spirulina supplementation increased exercise performance and fat oxidation.

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