Many of us have heard of Spirulina – the Superfood. A quick type on Google sprawls thousands of websites touting the effects of it on both brain and overall health. Yet what exactly is Spirulina? How does it help our children to attend better cognitive functions?
What is Spirulina
Spirulina is really a blue-green algae which is a source of dietary protein, B-vitamins, and iron. They are also used for weight loss, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), diabetes, stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression. There are some claims that Spirulina is also used for protein but really, it does not contain more protein than meat and eggs.
What makes Spirulina Special
Spirulina contains an essential component – GLA (gamma-linoleic acid).
GLA (gamma-linoleic acid – second fatty acid in the omega-6 family) is known for regulating blood sugar and providing important nutrients to the brain; it also exhibits immune-boosting properties. Is it of any wonder that it is found in breast-milk then?
The richest whole-food sources of GLA are mother’s milk, spirulina micro-algae, and the seeds of borage, black currant, and evening primrose. GLA is important for growth and development, and is found most abundantly in mother’s milk; spirulina (as contained in BAC) is the next- highest whole-food source.
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A national study was conducted in Senegal to measure improvements of the nutritional status of school-age children with the use of spirulina. Children with an average age of 7 years and 7 months from public schools were given 2g of spirulina once daily for two months. Their academic performances were then compared with other children.
On average, the 549 children saw a 10% increase in their academic performance.
There were many studies on how Spirulina also helps to combat dementia and brain damage in older individuals.
If you are considering what possible food items to feed your child to enhance their cognitive functions, you may start with spirulina.
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