Spirulina is blue-green algae used by the Aztecs since ancient times which is considered the single nutrient-dense food in the planet packed with many nutrients, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, and has an excellent quality of protein with essential amino acids comparable to eggs.
Spirulina's Explained Health Benefits:
Anti-Inflammatory/Antioxidants - Spirulina is a potent anti-inflammatory substance and high in antioxidants. The Phycocyanin in Spirulina is the one that gives it its unique blue-green color which prevents dangerous free radicals to enter the body and inhibit production of inflammatory molecules thereby strengthening cells. In addition it detoxes the body from heavy metals especially Arsenic.
Improves Heart/Blood Pressure - One of the key steps in the pathway towards heart disease is LDL lipoproteins in the blood becoming oxidized called Lipid Peroxidation. The antioxidants in Spirulina reduces the lipid perodixation while increasing the levels of antioxidant enzymes in the blood lowering risks of heart diseases. In addition, Phycocyanin in Spirulina is discovered to have antihypertensive properties which lowers blood pressure levels due to increased production of nitric oxide which is a signaling molecule that helps the blood vessels relax and dilate.
Prevents and Treats Cancer - Spirulina's production of antibodies, infection-fighting proteins, and other cells improve immunity and help ward off infection and chronic illnesses such as cancer. Spirulina has been well studied to be rich in Tetrapyrrolic compounds which are closely related to Bilirubin molecule considered as a potent antioxidant and anti-proliferative agent. Specifically to oral cancer and precancerous lesions called Oral Submucous Fibrosis (OSMF), and pancreatic cancer cells, studies show that the people who took 1 gram of Spirulina per day had regressed their mouth lesions and reduced cancer cell proliferation and tumor size.
Heals Wounds/Infections - Spirulina is known to be anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Due to our unhealthy diet rich in sugar and unnatural ingredients, our bodies' immune system has been attacked allowing infections to easily grow. Spirulina has been shown to promote growth of healthy bacterial flora in the intestines which in turn inhibits infections from thriving and eliminating infectious cells.
Balances Blood Sugar - It has been shown that Spirulina lowers the HbA1c which is a marker for long term blood sugar levels. In a study, it has been shown that it decreased this marker by 1% which lowers the risk of diabetes-related death by 21%. It even shows that it outperforms popular diabetes drugs.
Lowers Cholesterol - A study in people with high cholesterol shows that 1 gram of Spirulina per day lowered triglycerides by 16.3% and LDL by 10.1% and raises the HDL (the good) cholesterol levels.
Improves Allergies - Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Spirulina is effective against allergies. In one study, it reduces symptoms like nasal discharge, sneezing, nasal congestion, and itching.
Anti-Anemia - Anemia is a condition in reduced red blood cells which leads to feelings of weakness and fatigue. Spirulina supplementation increases the hemoglobin content of red blood cells which consequently improves the body's immune function alleviating the symptoms of Anemia.
Improves Muscle Strength and Endurance - Exercise-induced oxidative damage is a major contributor to muscle fatigue. Spirulina has been shown to improve muscle strength and endurance due to its antioxidant properties and it being protein rich. The potent antioxidants and protein in Spirulina enable athletes and physically active individuals to minimize muscle damage and exhaustion.
Improves HIV/AIDS - Based on a 2012 study published in the Journal of Applied Phycology, Spirulina has been shown to stabilize and improve CD4 cells (white blood cells that fight infection) and decreases HIV Viral Load (amount of HIV virus in the body) without taking Anti-Retroviral (ARV) drugs.