“Did you try the maca, the Peruvian viagra? It gives you energy naturally ”, This millenary brown powder is advertised and is now sold in original form or in pills.
Spirulina and brewer's yeast are added to coconut oil and maca,other natural supplements, perhaps more used by vegans and vegetarians, that are revolutionizing the naturist market.
But how much do we know about these alternative foods?
The nutritionistNorma Ferrario (MN 951), details the benefits and gives some warnings about the consumption of such supplements.
- COCONUT OIL, too known as coconut butter. It is a fatty substance that contains about 90 percent saturated acids. It has a large proportion of lauric acid, a saturated fat that raises blood cholesterol levels by increasing the amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol. : favors hair care; ideal for fighting acne and relieving stresss for this property of keeping cholesterol level. It is also used in weight loss diets because it helps digestion and regulates metabolism. However, the specialist recommends"Sesame or canola oil, since these oils contain omega 3 and 6".
- THE BEDis a herbaceous plant native to the Andes of Peru and Bolivia, it is famous by the name of"Peruvian viagra".According to Ferrairo, the root has a very important nutritional value both in vitamins, minerals, iron, fiber and proteins.It is a natural energizerIt is advisable to consume between 1 and 3 tablespoons of maca powder per day. It can be taken alone with water or mixed with vegetables, soups or broths.
- SPIRULINA It is a cyanobacterium that has a spiral shape and is greenish-blue in color due to the presence of chlorophyll and phycocyanin.The specialist highlights the proteins, minerals, trace elements it contains. However, it clarifies that vegans take this algae by mistake."The vegan community used the algae believing that it contained B12, but that B12 is an inactive analog, which does not cover the needs of this vitamin in vegans", he emphasized.
The truth is that the benefits of algae are dozens since it contains eight essential amino acids, which make itfive times easier to digest than meat or soy protein.In addition, it is rich in tryptophan, one of the 10 essential amino acids that the body uses to synthesize the proteins it needs and that helps the nervous system, among many other things, relaxation, rest, sleep and against depressive states.
In addition, it provides minerals such as potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, selenium, iron and phosphorus, as well as vitamins of the entire complex of vitamin B, and vitamin E.
- THE VIRGIN BEER'S YEAST It is obtained from the unicellular fungus Saccharomyces cerevisiae so that it only contains the best and most suitable microorganisms. The nutritionist highlights this nutritional supplement for its high protein content, vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals and fibers.It remarks that it contains all the amino acids considered essential by the WHO and FAO.
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