Spirulina is a a cyanobacterium blue alga powder which is highly rich in essential nutrients including: protein; carbohydrate; fiber; amino acids; vitamin A; lutein; zeaxanthine; beta carotene; vitamin B1-6; folate; omega 3 fatty acids; vitamin B12; vitamin C, D, E, K; calcium; iron; and Magnesium.
When harvested appropriately from non-contaminated ponds and bodies of water, it is considered one of the most potent nutrient sources. It is mainly made up of protein and essential amino acids, and is highly recommended for vegetarians due to its high natural iron content. Thus, the high level of protein and iron makes it an ideal supplement during pregnancy, after surgery, or anytime the immune system is compromised.
What are the Health Benefits of Spirulina?
1. Antioxidant Power
As mentioned above, many antioxidant nutrients are found in Spirulina giving it the power to prevent the damaging effects of free radicals. A research study published in 1998 in Brazilian Journal of Medicine & Biological Research concluded “The results obtained indicate that Spirulina provides some antioxidant protection for both in vitro and in vivo systems.” Another study published in 2016 in Journal of Traditional Complementary Medicine confirmed “ In conclusion, the results of the present work revealed that Spirulina supplement had protective, antioxidant and anti-apoptotic effects on lead acetate-induced hepatic damage”.
2. Blood Sugar Control
Various research studies confirmed Spirulina can optimize blood glucose levels and decrease HbA1c. The study published in 2012 in the Indian Journal of Medical Research concluded “The present findings showed that S. maxima exhibited anti-hyperglycaemic, anti-hyperlipidaemic and hepatoprotective activity in rats fed with fructose. Further studies are needed to understand the mechanisms”.
3. Protection against Heavy Metal Exposure
Spirulina has been shown to bind heavy metals and thus cleanse vital organs from these toxic chemicals. A study published in 2006 in Clinical Toxicology concluded “Results show that spirulina extract (250 mg) plus zinc (2 mg) twice daily for 16 weeks may be useful for the treatment of chronic arsenic poisoning with melanosis and keratosis”. In this study Spirulina decreased arsenic levels by 47%.
4. Allergic Rhinits
In a study published in 2013 in ISRN Allergy, Spirulina was found among other natural supplements to improve symptoms of allergic rhinitis including itching, nasal congestion and runny nose. These effects may be attributed to the anti-inflammatory actions of Spirulina.
5. Energy Booster
Spirulina is considered a full diet that can provide you with high calories and make you feel highly energetic.
6. Improving Lipid Profile
A study published in 2010 in J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo) concluded “These results suggest that spirulina intake can cause the reduction of hypercholesterolemic atherosclerosis, associated with a decrease in levels of serum TC, TG and LDL-C, and an elevation of HDL-C level. Spirulina may, therefore, be beneficial in preventing atherosclerosis and reducing risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. The improvement in lipid profile may also provide protection against stroke.
7. Lowering Blood Pressure
One of the chemicals found in Spirulina is a pigment called “phycocyanin”. A study published in 2013 in Nutrition Research concluded “These results suggest that long-term administration of phycocyanin may ameliorate systemic blood pressure by enhancing eNOS expression in aorta that is stimulated by adiponectin. Phycocyanin may be beneficial for preventing endothelial dysfunction-related diseases in metabolic syndrome”.
8. Prevention of Cancer
Various studies showed Spirulina may prevent and destroy cancer cells. Tetrapyrrolic compounds have been identified in Spirulina. In a study entitled “Anti-cancer effects of blue-green alga Spirulina platensis, a natural source of bilirubin-like tetrapyrrolic compounds” published in 2014 in Annals of Hepatology, the authors confirmed “ In conclusion, S. platensis and its tetrapyrrolic components substantially decreased the proliferation of experimental pancreatic cancer. These data support a chemopreventive role of this edible alga. Furthermore, it seems that dietary supplementation with this alga might enhance systemic pool of tetrapyrroles, known to be higher in subjects with Gilbert syndrome.”
9. Improvement of HIV/AIDS
In a study entitled “Dietary algae and HIV/AIDS: proof of concept clinical data” published in 2012 in Journal of Applied Phycology, the authors confirmed “Our pilot data suggest that Undaria, Spirulina, and a combination of both were nontoxic and over time may improve clinical endpoints of HIV/AIDS.
10. Protection against Candida Infections
Various studies demonstrated Spirulina can boost normal flora in gut and enhance healthy bowel. In a study published in 2012 in Journal of Mycology & Medicine, the researchers confirmed “Prophylaxis with S. platensis had synergistic effect through producing cytokines such as TNF-α and IFN-γ. Our results provide important information for the potential application of S. platensis in the treatment and resistance of Balb/C mice with systemic candidiasis”.
Fine’s Appetite Booster for Kids
Spirulina is one of the active ingredients included in Fine’s Appetite Booster for kids. This natural supplement is a safe and an effective balanced formula of herbs, vitamins and minerals designed to boost a healthy appetite for kids and achieve an ideal body weight. This product may also:
- Boost energetic & mental levels
- Normalize bowel movement
- Protect & Support vital organs
- Normalize blood sugar levels
- Improve digestion
- Support growth of healthy bones
- Boost immune system & protect against infections
- Prevent various kinds of anemia
- Promote healthy hair and skin
- Promote & Support healthy vision