Spirulina is a member of the blue-green algae family that grows naturally in warm and alkaline waters. Spirulina is the richest beta carotene food ever and it contains various kinds of minerals and vitamins such as vitamin E, C (beta carotene) and B complex.
As the benefits of Spirulina are gaining popularity so is its cultivation on commercial levels.
I will discuss a few of the most well known health benefits of Spirulina in the lines below.
Spirulina Boosts the immune system
Small amounts of Spirulina if taken regularly make metabolic energy available for vitality, cure and absorption of nutrients. The blue-green pigment ‘phycocyanin’ present in Spirulina is a natural protein that increases lymphocyte activity and stimulates blood production. Spirulina contains complex sugars that increase the production of antibodies and infection fighting T-cells. Thus, it increases immunity, bone marrow reproduction in human body and prevents a number of diseases such as cancer.
Spirulina Helps Fight Cancer
Our immune system fights with the naturally occurring cancer cells in our body to prevent them from forming colonies. If someone unfortunately, suffers from cancer it means that the immune system failed to kill naturally-occurring cancer cells.
Spirulina boosts the immune system to fight against the formation of malignant tumors.
Some scientists believe that blue-green pigment (phycocyanin, a biliprotein) in Spirulina is the source of its cancer-prevention abilities. Whereas another group says that its high concentration of chlorophyll may explain its ability to fight cancer.
Clinical studies have shown that Spirulina has a 54% of restraint rate upon severe type of hepatitis cancer cells. Spirulina can repair organ damage caused by chemical and radiation treatment.
Spirulina Overcomes Iron deficiency
Spirulina contains 45 times more iron than spinach. Iron provides oxygen to cells and is essential for healthy red blood cells. Iron deficiency can be overcome by the regular intake of Spirulina.
Spirulina Controls blood sugar level
Zinc and magnesium content in Spirulina can synthesize natural insulin in the body. Spirulina can reduce blood sugar level in the body within a period of 6 to 8 months.
Spirulina Reduces Cholesterol
There are two types of cholesterol.
- High-density lipoprotein(HDL)cholesterol: It is considered good because of it cleans the arteries.
- Low-density lipoprotein(LDL)cholesterol: It narrows the arteries as it clogs on the inner walls. Now you understand where that high pressure in the blood is built.
Spirulina reduces LDL cholesterol level and thus help in controlling blood pressure as well. Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) present in Spirulina promotes cardiovascular health in general.
Spirulina Improves Digestion
Spirulina has soft cell walls and allows rapid improvement in bowel regularity. It stimulates better digestion and absorption. Spirulina also helps to relieve constipation.
Spirulina Helps with Weight loss
Spirulina is a perfect food to keep your waistline slim. Phonylanine present in Spirulina acts as an appetite suppressor. But eating less due to Spirulina intake does not make you feel weak as it’s highly nutritious. Vegetarians can also enjoy the vast array of benefits of Spirulina as it’s one of the richest food options available to them.
Spirulina Heals wounds
Pharmaceutical compounds containing Spirulina accelerate wound healing. Cosmetic products containing Spirulina promote skin metabolism and reduce spots and blemishes.
GLA in Spirulina can improve skin allergy symptoms. Spirulina is high in beta carotene and superoxide dismutase (SOD) that clear the spots from skin. Many popular cosmetic companies add it in their products to gain benefit from the advantages of Spirulina.
You can easily enjoy all the Spirulina Benefits as it is available on the market easily in the form of tablets, flakes and powder. Spirulina has small amounts of sodium and offers no danger to persons on a salt-restricted diet. It’s also known to be safe for people having hypertension. However, it’s always advised that you consult your physician prior to trying any kind of tablet for the first time.