11 Health Benefits of Spirulina

health benefits of spirulinaSpirulina is a cyanobacterium, that is, bacteria that obtain their energy through photosynthesis that can be eaten by humans and other animals and is made mainly from two species of cyanobacteria: Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima. Below, the, are the various health benefits of Spirulina.

Benefit 1: Healthy Eyes

Spirulina contains an element known as xanthophyll which acts as carotene. Carotene is plenty in carrots as well and is useful for the improvement for eyesight by preventing eye conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts, both of which are age-related.

 Benefit 2: Fights Inflammation

Spirulina is rich in Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agent.

Benefit 3: Source of Calcium

Spirulina helps Women with Post Menopausal Syndrome (PMS) as well as benefitting pregnant women as it contains 26-times more calcium than milk.

Benefit 4: Fights Arthritis

This blue-green algae helps fight inflammation resulting from arthritis. This is because of its anti-inflammatory qualities.

Benefit 5: Fights allergic Reactions

A test on allergy sufferers showed that a group of people who took 1000mg of Spirulina got much relief from allergic reactions compared to a control group of people who took no spirulina.There was observed a greater improvement among the group who took double the amount of spirulina.Mainly, this blue-green algae was found to reduce symptoms associated with allergy such as sneezing, nasal discharge, itching and congestion.

Benefit 6: Kills Bacteria & Viruses

Due to its antimicrobial properties, Spirulina inhibits the growth of pathogenic yeasts and bacteria. Apart from cleaning the blood thanks to presence of chlorophyll, Spirulina helps to oxygenate blood. It is able to oxygenate the blood and the chlorophyll that it contains is good at cleansing your blood. In particular, it keeps under control Candida yeast as well as HIV virus which it makes inactive.

Benefit 7: Boosts Immunity

Spirulina helps boost immunity by promoting production of monocytes, macrophages and natural cells. These three are useful in the prevention of pathogens which cause diseases. It also promotes faster healing as well as generation of new cells.

Benefit 8: Natural Detoxifier

Owing to its chlorophyll rich nature, spirulina is a detoxifier which helps quicken cleansing your body to get rid of toxins. In particular, it helps remove toxins from the kidneys.

Benefit 9: Great Source of Protein

Spirulina is protein-rich, laden with plenty of amino acids, with more than half of its weight consisting of amino acids.

Benefit 10:  Lowers High Cholesterol Levels

It has been found that Spirulina has a tendency to increase good cholesterol as well as reducing the bad cholesterol, otherwise known as Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL).

Benefit 11: Other Nutrients

Spirulina is rich in vitamins B-1(thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3(nicotinamide), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin E. Additionally, It is a great source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium,  manganese, phosphorus,  selenium, sodium and zinc.

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University of Maryland