Spirulina is a blue-green algae. It is an easily produced, non-toxic species of Arthrospira bacteria, namely Arthospira Platensis and Arthospira Maxima. It is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. It contains nutrients, including amino acids, vitamin B12, beta-carotene, minerals, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid).
Spirulina provides a wide range of health benefits upon ingestion. It can help to boost one's energy, while helping to improve endurance and reduce fatigue. It helps improve the immune system, and also a natural detoxifier, oxygenating the blood, and helping cleanse the body of toxins and other impurities that may be causing illnesses or other health complications.
The dose of spirulina used in studies examining its effects vary greatly. In general, 1-8 g per day of spirulina has been shown to have some effect.
Vegan source of protein, iron, calcium and vitamin B
Up to 70% of Spirulina is protein, essential for cell’s structure, function and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs. It is also an excellent source of Vitamin B, iron and calcium.
Spirulina is one of the few molecules in existence that has a body of evidence to support 'detoxifying' actions as it pertains to heavy metals, and has demonstrated this efficacy in animal models against a wide variety of minerals, including cadmium and mercury.
Spirulina appears to possess testicular protective effects against mercury and to reduce serum biomarkers of mercury toxicity.
Lowers down LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol
Spirulina appears to very effectively reduce LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and quite potently increase HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) with pretty strong effects on triglycerides as well.
Another study in older persons with hypercholesterolemia (40-60yrs with 4g spirulina for three months) noted a halving of LDL-C with a small but significant increase in HDL-C and a lower dose (1g spirulina daily for 12 weeks) in dyslipidemic patients reported reductions in triglycerides (16.3%), LDL-C (10.1%), and total cholesterol (8.9%) with increase in HDL-C (3.5%).
In a study conducted on healthy Korean subjects aged 60-87yrs, taking 8g spirulina for four months noted that total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol were reduced by 7.9% and 11.5%.
Other studies include one using an open-label design and otherwise healthy adults noted a 15% increase in HDL-C with 4,500mg Spirulina for six weeks while total cholesterol and LDL-C decreased (16.6% and 10%) with a reduction in triglycerides (24%) and a study in healthy active youth (5g for 15 days) has noted a reduction in fasting triglycerides (20.2%) independent of changes in total cholesterol and HDL-C.
Spirulina attenuated the increase in liver enzymes (ALP, AST, ALT) in response to Cisplatin injections while the combination of Spirulina and Vitamin C effectively normalized levels of liver enzymes.
Spirulina has repeatedly shown to improve endurance exercise performance at practical doses in human subjects that are otherwise healthy. Its high antioxidant content makes it beneficial in reducing exercise induced oxidation which leads to muscle fatigue and inability to gain muscle.
In a study conducted in healthy youth (20-21yrs) noted that 3 weeks of supplementation with Spirulina was associated with an increased time to exhaustion as assessed by treadmill running. The same study also found significantly less lactate dehydrogenase (79.3% of control) and more lactate (138% of control) when blood was taken 30 minutes after exercise.
Take 4-6 tablets daily after meal.
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