Spirulina is a nutrient-rich algae that has been used worldwide to treat illnesses. Along with being a potentially sustainable source of food to end world hunger, it has also been shown to have many immune system boosting effects. Here are just some of its most surprising health benefits…
1. Supports healthy bacterial flora in the gut
Autoimmune diseases like Chronic Fatigue, Crohn’s Disease, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Candida…these are all likely to cause chronic yeast infections and this can worsen the symptoms.
Spirulina can suppress the bad bacteria like e.Coli and candida yeast, while supporting beneficial flora like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria and promoting a healthy digestive system in the long term.
2. Balances Blood Pressure
High blood pressure affects millions of people every day and those who have it are likely to be at an increased risk of dying from heart attacks or strokes. Following a healthy nutritional plan however along with getting moderate amounts of exercise and reducing stress levels can all make a difference.
A study by the Department of Biochemistry in Mexico showed that 4.5 grams of spirulina every day can regulate blood pressure amongst both men and women aged 18-65 years old – without any changes to their diet during the six week experiment.
3. Normalises Cholesterol Levels
Tens of millions of people take cholesterol lowering medications but these can have dangerous side effects. Spirulina can help to naturally lower cholesterol levels. A study conducted on elderly male and female patients aged 60-87 showed that those given eight grams of spirulina per day for 16 consecutive weeks had lowered cholesterol levels as opposed to those given a placebo.
4. A Rich Source of Protein – Contains More Than Meat
Many vegetarians may benefit from taking spirulina, especially if they don’t eat meat. Many vegetarians may eat nuts, beans, lentils and soy products to get enough protein but soy isn’t the health food it has been claimed to be. It contains 65-71% complete protein which compared to beef is only 22% and lentils are 26%.
Adding spirulina to meals is an excellent way of ensuring you receive a good source of vital amino acids and minerals and that these are readily assimilated within the body. You only need to consume 2 tablespoons of spirulina as a protein substitute for this to be viable.
5. Reduces Cancer Risk
A study done in China indicated that selenium-infused spirulina can inhibit the growth of MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Cancer is one of the leading killers in the Western World and therefore prevention is highly important.
By taking this nutrient along with eliminating sugar/fructose, grains and processed foods from the diet, it’s possible to starve cancer cells.