The Restoring and Revitalizing Benefits of SpirulinaNaturely
Spirulina – A type of blue-green algae that grows naturally in warm, mineral-rich, alkaline lakes found in subtropical climates such as Africa, Central and South America, with Lake Texcoco in Mexico and Lake Chad in Central Africa hosting some of the largest concentrations of spirulina in the world. It is harvested and then dried at a relatively low heat to preserve the nutrients before being converted to powder form.
For centuries, spirulina has been consumed due to its high nutritional value and health benefits. Today, it is classified as a superfood. Indeed, according to the USDA, spirulina contains significant amounts of calcium, niacin, potassium, magnesium, vitamins ( A, B, C, D, E, K) iron and essential amino acids1. With an intense blue-green colour but a relatively mild taste, spirulina has many good reasons to be named a superfood. Here are 5 of its proven health benefits.
1. Reduce Bad Cholesterol
Cholesterol, known as lipoproteins, is found in most body tissues in two main forms: LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is known as “bad” cholesterol, as too much LDL is considered to be unhealthy. LDL cholesterol builds up on the arterial walls and increases the risk of heart diseases. HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is often referred to as “good” cholesterol due to the protective effects it provides. HDL defends against heart disease by assisting in the removal of “bad” cholesterol from our bloodstream, preventing it from building up in arteries.
Spirulina can significantly lower the levels of LDL, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology. The study shows that a significant decrease in the LDL levels of rabbits was found when spirulina made up 5% of their diets for 8 weeks2. A second study on people with high cholesterol proved that 1 gram of spirulina per day lowered LDL by 10.1%3. Similarly, South American scientists discovered that LDL cholesterol was remarkably reduced and HDL cholesterol levels were also decreased in a group study of 16 men and 20 women aged between 18-65 years old who consumed 4.5g of spirulina/day for 6 weeks4..
2. Reduce Blood Pressure
Spirulina has also been proven to prevent and reduce elevated blood pressure. High blood pressure is the key driver of many serious diseases, including heart attacks and strokes. Excessive pressure on artery walls caused by high blood pressure may damage, not only artery walls, but also other organs. One of the most common organs damaged by high blood pressure is the kidneys as it weakens and narrows blood vessels, preventing them from functioning properly. High blood pressure also causes the blood to thicken, leaving blood unable to flow through narrow blood vessels in the eyes, which then can result in vision loss5
Multiple studies found that one of the properties of spirulina is in reducing blood pressure, as it contains phycocyanin. Phycocyanin has anti-hypertensive qualities which reduce metabolic syndrome – one of the key drivers of heart disease and stroke6. Another positive effect of spirulina is that it can increase the synthesis of nitric oxide, a molecule that causes blood vessels to expand, increasing the blood flow within the body7.
3. Boost Health and Energy
Loaded with proteins, antioxidants and vitamins, it’s no wonder that those who consume spirulina regularly are often healthy and energetic. A great source of iron, these green roots of the sea can help fight fatigue and enhance endurance9. As it is packed with antioxidants, spirulina can help the body to release stress and increase energy levels.
Many nutritionists and dieticians recommend including spirulina in your daily diet. However, not all spirulina powder is created equal. We recommend Perfect Organic Spirulina Powder or Morlife Certified Organic Spirulina. Simply stir one tablespoon of Spirulina into a glass of plain water to boost your energy, or add it in with orange, pomegranate, carrot, and lime to create the perfect juice for the day. Alternatively, mix the spirulina into your celery, tomato or watermelon smoothie.
Of if you prefer the capsules form for convenience, then we recommend Perfect Organic Spirulina Veggie Caps.
4. May Boost Memory And Help With Brain Disorders
Parkinson – a disease caused by the lack of Dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain function, can be prevented and/or slowed down thanks to spirulina. The death of dopamine producing neurons is believed to be the main cause of Parkinson disease, symptoms of which include muscle rigidity, slowness of movement, and tremors. A recent study has demonstrated that spirulina supplements can reduce the loss of dopamine neurons, and thus can help with this disease in older people11.
In addition a study in 2011 has shown that spirulina can prevent the loss of memory10
5. May Help To Prevent Cancer
Today, we’re exposed to toxins from health, beauty products and food that we use and consume every day. Many cancer-causing toxins are found in products such as pesticides used in conventional farming, chloroform found in processed foods, artificial sweeteners, flavouring, colouring ingredients in food items. The sad reality is that we’re living in a toxic world, where we can’t completely avoid absorbing toxins, no matter how careful our food, home care or beauty care product choices are for ourselves and our family.
Spirulina has recently become known as a cancer-fighting sea algae, as it has the ability to enhance the immune response to defend against abnormal and invasive cell growth, one of the key causes of cancer. Research in animals has found that spirulina can slow down the development of cancer and reduce the incidence of tumourous growths12.
Perfect Organic Spirulina Powder
Morlife Spirulina Powder Certified Organic 400g
Perfect Organic Spirulina Veggie Caps