5 amazing health benefits of spirulina
Spirulina, also called the “Blue-green algae” is a microalgae that has been consumed for centuries, due to its high nutritional value and numerous health benefits. It is a potent superfood, packed with B vitamins, protein, antioxidants, and other nutrients.
Spirulina is commonly found in waters with high-salt content, but some types grow in large fresh water lakes. The natural color of these algae is dark-green.
In terms of medical use, spirulina has been utilized for weight loss, hay fever, diabetes, ADHD, stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Other people also use it for treating precancerous growths in the mouth, boosting the immune system, improving memory, increasing energy and metabolism, lowering cholesterol, preventing heart disease, healing wounds, and improving digestion and bowel health.
Here are some of the most impressive health benefits of yet, very less known, spirulina:
(1) Strengthening your immune system: According to one study, spirulina had a positive impact in improving the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, such as sneezing, itching, nasal discharge and congestion.
(2) Fighting and reducing inflammation: Studies suggest that spirulina can also protect your liver, due to its ability to synthesize or release nitric oxide, and in another study spirulina was found to have the highest neuroprotective effect, possibly due to its ability to fight against free radicals and reduce inflammation.
(3) Helping with chronic disease: Spirulina has also shown good results in people with cardiovascular disease, creating better lipid profiles, controlling hypertension, and increasing blood vessel elasticity.
(4) Fight malnutrition: Research has shown that children who received a spirulina supplement five days a week for two months had better nutritional and intellectual performances. This food is so nutritionally dense, in fact, that NASA and The European Space Agency are researching the benefits of incorporating spirulina into astronauts’ diets on spaceships.
(5) Impressive concentration of nutrients: Spirulina has about the same calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium content as milk, a vitamin E level comparable to wheat germ, and four times more vitamin B12 than raw liver....