The superfood that NASA astronauts carry on their space travels is taking Mercadona by storm. We tell you what its properties are.
Superfoods have been in fashion for years and people who live a healthy life try to include them in their diet. These are foods with a high nutritional value and a great contribution of vitamins and antioxidants, and their consumption is very beneficial for the body.
The favorite superfood of NASA astronauts has become fashionable again thanks to Mercadona. The Valencian chain has spirulina capsules for sale in its supermarkets, a nutritional supplement with the most interesting properties.
But what is spirulina? Spirulina or spirulina is an organism that was thought to be an algae, although recent studies seem to indicate that it is actually a spiral-shaped cyanobacterium, from which it gets its name. It can be consumed cooked, in powder or in tablets.
Mercadona’s spirulina is sold in capsules containing the powdered product. In each box we find 60 capsules and it is recommended to take six tablets a day, two before the main meals. Its price is 4.50 euros per box.
And why is spirulina so successful? This superfood stands out for its interesting nutritional value. Recent studies suggest that It is the food with the most proteins on the market, with the advantage that they are of the highest quality.
It is a interesting source of calcium (it has 26 times more calcium than milk), stimulates the immune system, promotes the elimination of toxins and helps reduce cholesterol. It contains vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E and vitamins B2, B3 and B6; minerals like magnesium, iron and phosphorus; amino acids, omega 3, 6 and 9.
What’s more, spirulina is very ecological and easy to produce. The only thing it needs to develop is water and sunlight, and since its photosynthesis is the most efficient than that of plants, they clean the air by converting CO2 into oxygen.
These qualities caught the attention of NASA and ESA, who have brought spirulina on their space missions to feed astronauts.
Of course, as our Business Insider colleagues explain, it is important not to exceed the recommended dose. The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) points out that 3 grams of spirulina daily provide up to 31.9% of the recommended intake of arsenic, so it should be consumed in moderation.