Saturday, April 24, 2010
Spirulina Found to Enhance Endurance
Subjects that took a daily 6 g dose of spirulina for 4 weeks were found to perform better than runners who took a placebo. The test involved running for 2 hours at 70%-75% intensity, followed by a run to exhausion at 95% max. The runners taking the spirulina supplement were able to run longer during the 95% trial(2.05 min vs 2.7 min). Fat oxidation was 10.9% higher on the spirulina trial. Ergogenic and antioxidant effects of spirulina supplementation in humans.
MY COMMENT: I need to burn all the fat I can- worth a try! Spirulina is a blue green algae containing "an unusually high amount of protein, between 55% and 77% by dry weight". It also is a significant source of other nutrients linked to good health including DHA and EPA, those healthy omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. Great information on spirulina at wikipedia.org.
Note: According to wikipedia, "Spirulina contains phenylalanine, which should be avoided by people who have the metabolic disorder phenylketonuria, where the body cannot metabolize this amino acid and it builds up in the brain causing damage."
Your local health food store or GNC will carry spirulina, or order right here!