Spirulina is one of the oldest life forms on Earth. In fact, this blue-green microalgae is partly responsible for producing the oxygen in the planet’s atmosphere that billions of years ago allowed the planet’s originating life forms to develop. Spirulina is the world’s first superfood, and one of the most nutrient-rich foods on Earth.
- Spirulina is a simple, one-celled organism that got its name from the Latin word for ‘helix’ or ‘spiral’ because of its spring-like physical characteristic. Its scientific name is Arthrospira platensis, and it belongs to the cyanobacteria family.
- Spirulina didn’t come into commercial production until the 1970s when a French company began the first large-scale spirulina production plant. Within a few years, America and Japan began producing their own spirulina.
- Unlike most plants, which need to be cultivated and nurtured, spirulina is a survivor, able to withstand extreme temperature variations and neglect and still thrive.
- Spirulina is being successfully used to treat a wide variety of ailments, including those who’ve been poisoned by arsenic-contaminated water.
Benefits of Spirulina
Spirulina and Type 2 Diabetes
- Reducing systemic inflammation. (Insulin resistance has come to be associated with a state of systemic low-grade inflammation.)
- Favorably altering your lipid profile by reducing serum triglycerides and increasing HDL.
Spirulina helps Cardiovascular Health
- Prevents the buildup of triglycerides in your liver
- Inhibits lipid peroxidation
- Reduces liver inflammation
- Protects your liver from damage by heavy metals, like lead and mercury
Spirulina Improves Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis
- Spirulina is a popular alternative treatment for symptoms of allergic rhinitis, and there is evidence that it can be effective.
Spirulina as an antioxidant
- The benefits of antioxidants are very important to good health, because if free radicals are left unchallenged, they can cause a wide range of illnesses and chronic diseases.
Help to Normalize Cholesterol Naturally
- Those given eight grams of spirulina per day for 16 consecutive weeks showed lower cholesterol levels than those who were given a placebo.
Lowers Stroke Risk
- In a study done at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology in India,it was found that a dosage of spirulina had a protective effect on the brain and nervous system of rats exposed to high amounts of free radicals, compared to rats not given the spirulina before the experiment. This lab test shows the promising effect of spirulina on stroke prevention.
Helps Reduce Cancer Risk
- Spirulina may have potential benefits here as well. According to a study done in China, selenium-infused spirulina inhibited the growth of MCF-7 breast cancer cells.
Healthy for Vegetarians — More Protein than Red Meat
- In addition to being protein-rich, spirulina is an excellent source of vital amino acids and minerals easily assimilated by your body. You would need to consume only two tablespoons of spirulina as a protein substitute for a meal.
Spirulina vs. Chlorella — Similarities and Differences
- Spirulina is many thousands of years older and does not possess the hard cell wall that makes chlorella closer to being a plant rather than algae.
- Chlorella is an excellent way to detoxify your body from mercury, which most of you are contaminated with if you’ve ever had dental fillings, received a vaccine, used certain types of cookware or eaten fish.