At first the interest of Spirulina resided only in its nutritional value. Subsequently, clinical studies suggest therapeutic effects of cyanobacteria, such as reducing cholesterol and cancer, the increase of Lactobacilli in the intestinal flora, reducing kidney toxicity, and protection against radiation.
Extensive medicinal actions
Several studies have shown that the absorption of Spirulina, with its high gamma linoleic acid, resulting in a reduction of cholesterol and a significant decrease in fatty deposits in arteries. Other clinical studies have shown that a diet rich in GLA also allowed to fight against arthritis, cardiovascular disease, obesity and zinc deficiencies. Spirulina contains 1 to 1.5% of PS, it is the only source of GLA besides breast milk and primrose oil.
The protective effect of beta-carotene on lung cancer, throat, stomach, colon, breast and uterus has been amply demonstrated by numerous studies. It is also shown that besides the direct carcinogenic effect of tobacco, it also partially inhibits the use of beta-carotene. Many experiments on spirulina have been conducted in this area.
Other studies have highlighted the protective effect of phycocyanin. Daily consumption of phycocyanin helps maintain or accelerate cell function, and thus prevent malignant tumors such as cancers, or inhibit their growth or recurrence.
The addition of Spirulina in the diet causes a significant decrease of urea and creatinine. It is suggested that phycocyanin is responsible for this decrease in activity and thus the detoxification of the kidneys. It was also shown that spirulina reduces kidney toxicity of some heavy drugs, like those used in chemotherapy.
The addition of Spirulina in the diet increased the population of Lactobacillus intestines. They are known for their ability to aid digestion and absorption of nutrients, protect against infections and stimulate the immune system. In AIDS patients, poor absorption of food associated with a field appropriate to infections is increasing the expression of disease symptoms. Therefore Spirulina supplementation is recommended to keep the population of Lactobacillus and slow the progression of the virus.
Spirulina contains more iron than any other food, and is 3 times more bioavailable than that contained in vegetables and meat. By comparing the bioavailability of this mineral with that of ferrous sulfate, it was noticed that spirulina allowed a 60% absorption of iron in addition to the chemical addition. Studies have shown that giving 4 g of spirulina daily for 30 days of anemic women due to dieting, the blood had recovered 21% more hemoglobin.
The water soluble fraction of Spirulina has the ability to lower blood glucose in serum. Taking 5g per day showed an improvement and a better control of diabetes.
Spirulina contains a form perfectly assimilated, most of the micronutrients that are sometimes lacking in the diet, which are referred by dermatologists, plastic surgeons and specialists in beauty care and cosmetics in their formulations for the fight against skin aging and improve the quality and quantity of dander, hair and nails.
Among the elements deemed most effective are:
Vitamins A, B2, B5, D, selenium ;
SOD and phycocyanin, specifically for the skin ;
Vitamins B5, B8 or biotin, PP for the hair ;
Vitamins B5, B8, B12, magnesium, zinc, for the nails.
Because of its high protein and therefore a potential appetite suppressant effect by inducing a feeling of satiety, Spirulina is recommended by some nutritionists as adjuvant low-calorie diets, especially since it is rich in micronutrients which can overcome the shortcomings inherent in these regimes.
In Spirulina we can find polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega 3 and omega 6 in proportions exactly specific to the needs of the human body, trace elements deemed most active in this indication (selenium, manganese, copper and zinc) The antioxidant vitamins (A, B and E), the most powerful anti-radical (SOD, flavonoids, beta-carotene, phycocyanin), true "vacuum" to heavy metals and toxins. All these elements make Spirulina Complex anti-aging exceptions.
Because of its richness in micronutrients, spirulina has several actions, such cell oxygenation, anti-inflammatory, recovery of lactate, muscle anabolism on the body that work together during sporting activity, whether in endurance or resistance.
Spirulina is therefore advised in several indications, including: making muscle, accelerating the healing of micro-trauma and action spectacular recovery.
Since the 80's, Spirulina has been the subject of dozens of scientific studies by researchers around the world, and we are still far from knowing all the benefits of a daily consumption of spirulina.
I hope "that people can discover all the benefits that human health would not fail to find in Spirulina" Theodore Monod