Spirulina is the richest source of nutrients with a concentration greater than any food, vegetables, fruits, seeds or herbs and has numerous benefits for the human body.
Spirulina has wide range and effects in many ways on the human body and its health:
- Strengthens the immune system, increases the durability and resistance of the body
- Cleanse the body and destroys free radicals
- Helps to adjust body weight
- Improves heart function, regulates cholesterol and blood pressure
- Improves digestion, function of the digestive system and restores the intestinal flora
- Increases mental energy and improves the brain function
- Rejuvenates the body and slows down the aging
- It is good for menstrual problems, problems with bile, liver, hard stool, arthritis …
Spirulina is also recommended for:
- Athletes who need more physical energy and durability
- People who need to cleanse the body from toxins, heavy metals, alcohol, smoking and overuse of drugs
- Pregnant women who have an increased need for protein and iron
- People with anemia to improve blood count
Easy to digest: A closer examination of spirulina revealed that these spiral-shaped blue-green algae had thinner cell walls or cellulose compared to its plant cousins. Also, the cell wall is composed of mucopolysaccharides, which are complex sugars. Thus, even the cell wall in it can be digested, unlike the cellulose in plants. It is also beneficial for probiotic bacteria, such as lactobacillus, which live inside our digestive system.
It lowers cholesterol: Spirulina is helpful in lowering cholesterol levels in the serum and raising “HDL” or “good cholesterol”. The presence of gamma-linolenic acid in it accelerates serum cholesterol reduction.
Prevents mercury poisoning: Mercury poisoning is a concern for most animals, including man. Inorganic mercury concentrations are found mostly in kidneys and they are the worst affected organs. Studies have shown that spirulina significantly reduces the levels of mercury chloride-associated toxicity and renal damages caused by toxicity in mice.
Immunomodulatory properties: Various studies of spirulina have revealed its immunomodulatory properties. These immunomodulatory properties include bone marrow reproduction, thymus and spleen growth, increased white blood cell production and an increase in the number of lymphocytes.
Increases red blood cell count: Apart from improving the immune system, spirulina can also be effective in improving the red blood cell count. A study conducted on senior citizens revealed after 12 weeks of taking it, their red blood cell count and hemoglobin levels increased significantly.
Antimicrobial properties: Spirulina extracts have antimicrobial properties. The extracts from spirulina have been successfully tested against viruses that affect both humans and monkeys. Viruses such as the herpes simplex virus, influenza virus, measles virus, mumps virus, human cytomegalovirus, and finally HIV-1 viruses were controlled to a major extent. Now, its extracts are being considered as medicine for HIV positive patients so that they can live a longer life.
Controls cancer: Spirulina is the richest plant source for beta-carotene and phycocyanin. These biochemicals possess anti-cancerous properties. Researchers believe that phycocyanin can scavenge the DNA-damaging toxins like peroxynitrite and can help in controlling cancer cells. It also has a role to play in significantly controlling liver cancer.
Anti-inflammatory properties: Having spirulina on a regular basis reduces inflammation. Recent scientific studies indicate this fact. When arthritic lab rats were given spirulina, arthritis-associated inflammation was reduced to a significant level in comparison to other controlled animals.
Protects liver: The biliprotein phycocyanin present in spirulina possesses liver protection properties. Research showed that the effects on the liver, when pre-treated with hepatotoxic chemicals such as carbon tetrachloride, were reduced to a significant extent. This study showed that it helps in protecting liver cells from toxin damage.
Reduces kidney toxicity in chemotherapy: While undergoing treatment for cancer, physicians may suggest chemotherapy. Cisplatin is a chemotherapeutic agent used in chemotherapy that can cause toxins to pile up in kidneys. The intake of spirulina reduces the side effects caused by cisplatin.
Reduces ischemia: Research shows that spirulina helps in reducing ischemia, a condition wherein the blood supply to the tissues gets restricted.
Controls bronchial asthma: Spirulina is also beneficial for the control of bronchial asthma. Studies have shown that administering its extracts at 1 gram per day can have almost an equal effect on bronchial asthma as medication does. This is true in the case of mild and moderate asthma.
Antioxidant supply: Spirulina is a good source of antioxidants such as phycocyanin, which helps in the inhibition of COX2, hydroxyl, peroxyl, and free radicals.