ergo-log.com

Definition: "An ergogenic aid is any substance or phenomenon that enhances performance "

about us

/

contact

/

Ergo-Log

22.03.2021


On a diet? Take 2 spirulina tablets before meals and lose even more fat

If athletes go on a diet for a few weeks to lose some pounds, they will lose more fat mass if they take two spirulina tablets with their meals. On a low calorie diet, spirulina keeps myostatin levels low and follistatin levels high, according to a human study soon to be published in the British Journal of Nutrition.


On a diet? Take 2 spirulina tablets before meals and lose even more fat


Study
Reza Bagheri, a sports scientist from the University of Isfahan in Iran, got 40 young male wrestlers to lose weight for 12 days by reducing their energy intake. The goal of the diet was to reduce body weight by 4 percent.

Half of the subjects took a placebo before each meal during the experiment. The other half of the subjects took two tablets of 500 milligrams of spirulina each before each meal. These subjects is this group consumed 3 grams of spirulina every day.

Sponsor
The research was not sponsored by a spirulina producer.

Results
The subjects in both groups lost the same amount of body weight. If you want to know exactly, the spirulina users [SP] lost 3.1 kilos, the subjects in the placebo group [PL] 2.9 kilos. This difference was not significant.

The difference between the amount of body fat [FM] that both groups lost was significant. The spirulina users lost significantly more body fat than the wrestlers in the placebo group.


On a diet? Take 2 spirulina tablets before meals and lose even more fat


Both groups lost about the same amount of muscle mass [SMM]. The placebo group lost slightly more muscle mass than the spirulina group, but the difference was not statistically significant.

The researchers found less myostatin and more follistatin in the blood of the subjects who used spirulina than in the placebo users.

Myostatin is a hormone that is produced by muscle cells to slow down muscle growth. Follistatin is also produced by muscle cells; this hormone switches off myostatin.


On a diet? Take 2 spirulina tablets before meals and lose even more fat


On a diet? Take 2 spirulina tablets before meals and lose even more fat


There was an association between those two effects and the fat loss. The more the myostatin level dropped, the greater the fat loss. The more the follistatin level rose, the greater the fat loss.

Myostatin inhibitors not only stimulate muscle growth, but also appear to accelerate fat loss. Some myostatin inhibitors are even better at accelerating fat loss than stimulating muscle growth.

Mechanism
Op dieet? Neem 2 tabletten met spirulina voor de maaltijd, en je verliest nog meer vet
"It seems that spirulina acts via the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) signaling pathway and Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) in adipose tissue and skeletal muscle", write the Iranians. [Food Funct. 2018 Sep 19;9(9):4906-15.]

"It has been indicated that spirulina supplementation activates the AMPK pathway, which regulates SIRT1. Therefore, SIRT1 deacetylates metabolic molecules, including nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB), c-Myc, forkhead transcriptional factor 1 (FOXO1), and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPAR-gamma), which results in an elevation of adiponectin, an adipokine that increases with a decrement of fat mass."

"Moreover, studies reported an increment in gene expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma coactivator 1-alpha (PGC-1-alpha) and uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) in skeletal muscle following spirulina supplementation, which is the result of adiponectin/adipoR1 activation and consequently, the upregulation of adiponectin, as well as PGC-1-alpha and UCP2 that promotes the mitochondrial biogenesis and fat oxidation."

Source:
Br J Nutr. 2021 Mar 15;1-21. doi: 10.1017/S000711452100091X. Online ahead of print.

More:
How to effortlessly lose weight with spirulina 23.12.2019
Does daily supplementation with spirulina make you just as fit as a daily workout? 30.11.2018
Spirulina boosts runners' performance 26.01.2010
Spirulina gives runners more stamina 18.11.2008

Archives:
Weight Loss Supplements
Weight Loss
Spirulina
Algae


Supplementing with quercetin or red onion forces the body into giving muscle preferential treatment over fat Black Seed Oil makes you lose fat without losing muscle mass Black pepper extract PipeNig-FL stimulates muscle growth while inhibiting body fat growth

Supplementing with quercetin or red onion forces the body into giving muscle preferential treatment over fat
Adding a modest amount of onion to your diet restricts the growth of your fat layers if you put more energy into your body than you need.

Black Seed Oil makes you lose fat without losing muscle mass
A dose of 2 grams per day - that is 4 capsules - accelerates weight loss but saves muscle mass.

Black pepper extract PipeNig-FL stimulates muscle growth while inhibiting body fat growth
A new extract of black pepper - Piper nigrum in Latin - may help athletes to build more muscle mass and at the same time block the growth of their fat mass.