Spirulina is a microscopic plant that grows in fresh water. Spirulina actually called micro-algae; since it is microscopic form of algae. Spirulina contain an array of nutritional elements including carotenoids (?-carotene), vitamins (tocopherols), macroelements (calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium and many more), trace-elements, essential fatty acids (EFA), protein, nucleic acids (RNA and DNA), chlorophyll, and array of phytonutrients and phytochemicals.

Health Benefits of Spirulina

  • Spirulina is especially beneficial for individuals consuming huge quantities of protein of animal origin. Protein present in Spirulina, in comparison, is not only easier to digest but it offers a comprehensive balance of nutrients and minerals).
  • Spirulina is especially beneficial for individuals who are seeking remedy for obesity.
  • Spirulina is good for people who are used to refined as well as processed foods.
  • Spirulina is good for people used to physical exercise and weight training.
  • As an adjuvant to prescription drugs (spirulina is hepato and nephroprotective)
  • Spirulina is ideal for individuals with low energy levels and feel exhausted and depleted.
  • Spirulina is excellent for people with impaired digestion and absorption (Spirulina is easy to digest as well as absorb).

Spirulina can help treat the following ailments:

  • Anaemia
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bleeding gums
  • Body odour / breath odour
  • Cancers (all types)
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Essential fatty acid deficiencies
  • Haemorrhoids
  • High blood pressure
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Infections
  • Inflammation of joints and tissues
  • Intestinal ulcers
  • Mineral deficiencies (magnesium is a common deficiency)
  • Obesity
  • Severe liver damage and liver disorders
  • Various degenerative diseases.

Special Points About Spirulina

  • Superior source of digestible protein. Contains 12 times the protein of beef.
  • Easier on the digestive system than chlorella, which can cause diarrhoea in sensitive individuals?
  • Spirulina is the best natural source of gamma-linolenic acid, often designated as GLA. This fatty acid is essential for proper functioning of the heart, brain and other organs.
  • Spirulina is good source of carotenoid, phycocyanin, which is considered to a potential anti-cancer among phytochemicals. Phycocyanin is responsible for characteristic blue colour of spirulina.

Spirulina for People on Any Low-Carbohydrate Diet

  • High-protein (low-carb) dieters have a special need for spirulina
  • Most people follow low-carb diets is nutritionally imbalanced.
  • Most followers of low-carb diets lack sufficient intake of specific vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals necessary for optimum human health.
  • Low-carb dieters are deficient in calcium, magnesium and zinc.
  • Low-carb diets also tend to be highly acidic.
  • Spirulina offer naturally balanced minerals that help bring a low-carb diet back into the proper mineral ratios.

Spirulina and Weight Loss

  • In various clinical trials, spirulina has been shown to be effective for weight loss.
  • Two factors working for this includes the correction of nutritional deficiencies, and supplementation of diet with GLA.
  • GLA helps regulate blood sugar and control insulin, which naturally leads to reduced carbohydrate binging.
  • They can greatly reduce cravings, provide much-needed nutrition to the body, and serve as outstanding sources for obesity-busting substances like GLA.

Spirulina and Gastro-Intestinal System

  • Spirulina is highly effective in the treatment of anaemia, impaired spleen function, poor absorption in the digestive tract, and other similar disorders originating from “lack of vitality” factor.
  • The intestinal health deserves complete and comprehensive care. What are the factors causing disturbed gut function? High fined foods, diet low in fiber and natural vitamins, high in sugar, animal protein, and dairy products are the culprits.
  • Spastic colon or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease, constipation, AND above all, frequent diarrhoea represents the symptoms of imbalance in the diet.
  • Sometimes colon is functioning in a smooth fashion but it’s the food taht make the difference.

Spirulina and suppression of Appetite

  • Magnesium Content: Spirulina offers high levels of magnesium and other minerals that are practically lacking in modern diets. Intense cravings for sugar, sweets and chocolate are sign of magnesium deficiency is known to produce intense cravings, especially for chocolate sweets as they contain magnesium.
  • Protein Content: The protein composition of spirulina is helpful in maintaining for steady-state levels of serum glucose that rules out any chance for a hypoglycaemic process (hypoglycaemia is responsible for inducing frequent cravings for sugars and sweets. Alternatively, the high content of protein of spirulina helps in blocking the hypoglycaemia induced appetite response.
  • Oil Content: The healthy oils found in spirulina, are instrumental in promoting steady-state serum glucose levels as they are digested slowly, natural with any oil. GLA in spirulina, is helpful in regulation of the insulin from the pancreas, and thus eliminates the roots cause of sugar cravings.

Spirulina and enhancement if cognitive function

An interesting study published in 1995 (Author: Sevulla) that showed an 81% improvement in the academic scores of children who took one gram of spirulina daily for six months. The mechanism of such dramatic improvements in brain function is very likely due to the presence of both GLA and phycocyanin (a blue pigment) in spirulina. Phycocyanin is known to enhance the functioning of the brain and nervous system.

Spirulina and maintenance of proper pH

  • All of us know that pH balance is critical for the human health.
  • Spirulina offer a practical solution to the pH problems of our foods.
  • Spirulina being an alkaline food counteracts the acidic foods and thus plays important role in raising the pH towards the alkaline side of the pH scale. Raising the pH plays role in promoting the increased bone mass.
  • As an individual, the body doesn’t need to sacrifice calcium to balances the pH), and thus there is a vast improvement in the metabolic functioning.
  • If we consume more alkaline diet it shall be helpful in improving the immune system function, mental capacity, kidney work, and among all, high levels of energy.

Spirulina as Immunomodulator

  • Spirulina has potential immunostimulant and immunomoldulator properties.
  • GLA in Spirulina not only regulates the serum glucose but provides macronutrients to the human brain.
  • GLA also has potential immunomoldulator property.

Conclusion

Spirulina is important algal plant having arrays of phytonutrients, phytochemcial and health benefits. As per modern research, Spirulina is ideal nutritional food as well as medicine.