Spirulina is a blue-green alga that is absurdly rich in proteins and is a decent source of antioxidants, B-vitamins, and other nutrients. It can thrive in both saltwater and freshwater, and can sustain itself through the process of photosynthesis. Although it is easily misunderstood and misrepresented in the world of medicine, recent studies show they are immensely beneficial as a natural dietary supplement. To date, there are 1200 scientific studies backing its health benefits.
The high content of protein and iron in this type of algae makes it ideal, especially during pregnancy, after surgery or to improve the immune system. However, it abounds in many more uses and benefits, which are stated as below:
1) It aids in detoxifying the body of heavy metals, especially arsenic. A spirulina-zinc extract effectively reduces arsenic poisoning by 47%, as has been observed in a recent study.
2) Spirulina acts as an effective anti-microbial agent, thus helping in managing the microfloral balance in our body. It is especially effective when candida is concerned. Therefore, it effectively protects the human body from leaky gut syndrome, improper digestion, and candidiasis.
3) Spirulina increases thecreation of antibodies, infection-fighting proteins, and other cells which help in combatting chronic disease like cancer, especially oral cancer, and HIV/AIDS by significantly boosting the body’s immune system.
4) Phycocyanin, a pigment found in Spirulina, acts as a hypertensive agent, and thus, effectively reduces blood pressure. It also reduces atherosclerosis and elevated blood cholesterol levels, and therefore, subsequently prevents strokes.
5) The chemical composition of Spirulina plays a key role in alleviating fatigue and provides an abundance of energy. It also helps in reducing body mass, by curbing hunger, resulting in speedy weight loss.
6) Also known as allergic rhinitis, Spirulina helps in reducing inflammation of the sinuses and thereby, prevents sinus problems.
Some studies even show that Spirulina is effective in combatting anemia in the elderly. However, more research is needed. However, it is certainly one of the most important natural herbs with vast medicinal properties available in nature. It is available in the commercial form as tablets and supplements. It can also be consumed in the powder form. It’s absolutely imperative, though to perform quality and purity tests on Spirulina before consumption as contaminated spirulina may cause liver damage, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, weakness, thirst, rapid heartbeat, shock, and even death. There are some reports that prohibit the use of Spirulina for pregnant women and children. Before consumption, it is an absolute requirement to consult a professional.
However, consumption of good quality spirulina hardly has any side effects. So, it is a very useful natural alternative to the synthetically manufactured drugs that come with their own list of side effects. Since newer and better uses of Spirulina are still emerging, we would appreciate any input you deem fit for this article. So do share your thoughts and views with us. We look forward to it.