Spirulina is often mistaken as an herb because of its nutritional benefits, but it is a cyanobacteria, which is a blue-green algae found in freshwater lakes, ponds, and rivers. It is packed with potent health benefits.
Let’s take a look at 10 reasons to eat spirulina.
Spirulina is an excellent source of Gamma-linolenic acid, which according to a study published in The Journal of Rheumatology is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Chronic inflammation is considered a major risk factor for serious diseases including arthritis, heart disease, cancer.
Inflammation also causes skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema and acute rosacea.
2. Brain health:
The antioxidants in spirulina provide potent anti-inflammatory benefits that may help the brain. In a study published by a journal called Experimental Neurology, dietary supplementation with spirulina was shown to reduce ischemic brain damage and possibly reduce the risk of stroke.
3. Detox benefits:
Spirulina is an excellent source of chlorophyll, which is one of nature’s most potent detoxification nutrients. It removes toxins from the blood, and binds with heavy metals, eliminating them from the body.
4. Digestive health:
This potent algae is a good source of dietary fiber, which is an essential nutrient for good digestion. Spirulina also promotes healthy bacteria in the gut, which aids digestion as well.
5. Eye health:
Spirulina is a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are compounds that help reduce the risk of age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts. “These special pigments help protect your eyes from damage by slowing down ultraviolet-induced oxidation of lipid membranes, thereby helping prevent degeneration of your macula,” said Dr. Joseph Mercola, a leading health expert and physician.
6. Heart health:
There are many factors that contribute to heart health. Good cholesterol levels, blood pressure levels, and triglycerides are a few, and spirulina helps with all of them.
In a 2007 study from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, 4.5g of spirulina per day significantly reduced triglyceride levels, lowered LDL cholesterol, and reduced blood pressure.
7. Immune booster:
Spirulina is packed with antioxidants that help strengthen the immune system, promoting cell regeneration, faster wound healing, and quicker recovery from cold and flu.
8. Liver health:
Because spirulina has potent detoxification benefits, it can help get rid of toxins in the liver, promoting optimal liver health.
According to a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, spirulina has the ability to prevent non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
9. May help fight cancer:
Spirulina is packed with antioxidants, which fight free radicals, a major risk factor for cancer. It also has potent anti-inflammatory properties, meaning it can help get rid of chronic inflammation, which is also a risk factor for many types of cancers.
An animal study published by the International Journal of Biological Sciences showed that spirulina may decrease cancer occurrence and tumor size.
Another study from the journal Cancer Nutrition showed that taking spirulina got rid of precancerous lesions in the mouths of the participants.
10. May treat allergies:
According to WebMD: “Allergic rhinitis, often called allergies or hay fever, occurs when your immune system overreacts to particles in the air that you breathe—you are allergic to them. Your immune system attacks the particles in your body, causing symptoms such as sneezing and a runny nose.” Spirulina may be effective against allergies. In a study of 127 people with allergic rhinitis, 2 grams of spirulina significantly decreased symptoms, including sneezing, congestion, itching, and nasal discharge.
TIP: Add 2 tbsp of spirulina powder to your favorite smoothie, juice recipe or glass of water.
You can also take it in a supplement form.
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