The Power of Spirulina
Chlorophyll, protein, iron, Vitamin C, D, A, E, B12, all amino acids, folic acid, potassium, calcium
Spirulina is a natural algae powder.
Studies have been done that show components in spirulina have definite neuroprotective benefits and may have potential as an alternative drug therapy in aging related disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease.
At a university in India, researchers tested the effects of daily administrations of spirulina powder on rats who were induced with Parkinsonism. The different measurements taken throughout the study improved significantly after the use of spirulina powder.
“Both the body rotations (ipsilateral and contralateral) were found to have a statistically significant decrease by 34.26 and 52 % after treatment with spirulina (Twice a day) in spirulina treated lesioned group….Similar results were also seen in antioxidant levels which later on reached to the normal value. The levels of dopamine content had a statistically significant increase by 78.3 % only in case of spirulina with amantadine treated lesioned group”
Spirulina has been found to have incredibly high levels of antioxidants. It has 4 times the ORAC (or antioxidant value) of blueberries!
Antioxidants are vital to fighting excess free radicals in the body that otherwise wreak havoc on cells and cause various diseases as well as premature signs of aging.
A study done to test the methanolic extracts of three different substances, including spirulina, found that spirulina has the highest synergistic rates (86.65%) and was effective in reducing nucleation and aggregation of calcium oxalate by 60%-80%.
Spirulina is a good source of gamma linoleic acid (GLA – an essential fatty acid) that is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Inflammation is a major cause/contributor to a number of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.
Spirulina is being studied extensively for its ability to help with inflammatory diseases.
“The antioxidant and/or antiinflammatory activities of Spirulina have been demonstrated in a large number of preclinical studies…Although differences in study design, sample size and patient conditions resulting in minor inconsistency in response to Spirulina supplementation, the findings from human clinical trials are largely consistent with the hypolipidemic effects of Spirulina observed in the preclinical studies.”
Studies have shown that spirulina may be a good food for helping manage symptoms of diabetes.
A Korean study found that spirulina has beneficial effects on blood lipids, cholesterol and plasma of diabetic patients.
“This study provides the evidence for beneficial effects of spirulina supplementation on blood lipid profiles, inflammatory variables, and antioxidant capacity in Korean patients with type 2 diabetes. The results suggest that spirulina is a promising agent as a functional food for diabetes management.”