The Top 5 Spirulina Benefits

Spirulina is a type of cyanobacteria that grows in both salt water and fresh water. You might also know it as blue-green algae. It is similar to a plant in that it makes energy through photosynthesis. Also like plants, spirulina contains a long list of beneficial nutrients, including:
  • Protein
  • Thiamine
  • Niacin
  • Riboflavin
  • Copper
  • Iron

Because of its nutritional value, spirulina was a crucial part of the Aztec diet. It became popular in modern society when NASA discussed growing it in the space shuttle for astronauts. Spirulina's numerous health benefits make it an excellent choice for those on a restricted diet.

Spirulina Benefits

Today, astronauts aren’t the only ones looking to reap the benefits of spirulina. People from all walks of life are turning to spirulina to boost their health. Here’s a closer look at some of the benefits spirulina has to offer:

1. Inflammation Support

As an antioxidant, spirulina helps protect your cells and DNA from oxidative damage, which can lead to excess inflammation.Chronic inflammation has been linked with a number of degenerative diseases. 

2. Cholesterol Support

When LDL cholesterol oxidizes, your heart health suffers2. Studies suggest that spirulina helps reduce LDL oxidation, which supports your long-term heart health. 

3. Allergy Support

Pollen, pet hair, and wheat dust can often trigger uncomfortable nasal allergies.  In one study, taking two grams of spirulina each day improved allergy symptoms. 

4. Blood Pressure Support

Spirulina has shown positive effects on maintaining normal, healthy blood pressure. One possible reason is that it increases the amount of nitric oxide in your body, which helps relax and dilate your blood vessels.

5. Fight Fatigue 

Spirulina is a natural source of iron and has been shown to increase hemoglobin in the blood. This means it can help prevent anemia, or iron deficiency, which can result in exhaustion and weakness. 

References:

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19299804, Antiinflammatory and antihyperalgesic activity of C-phycocyanin, 2009 Apr;108(4):1303-10. doi: 10.1213/ane.0b013e318193e919

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4320919/, Effect of Spirulina Intervention on Oxidative Stress, Antioxidant Status, and Lipid Profile in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients, 2015 Jan 22

3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8584455, Evaluation of chemoprevention of oral cancer with Spirulina fusiformis, 1995;24(2):197-202

4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10938048, Association of glycaemia with macrovascular and microvascular complications of type 2 diabetes (UKPDS 35): prospective observational study, 2000 Aug 12;321(7258):405-12