Studies have suggested that Spirulina has a number of health benefits.
- It is commonly used in treating AIDs and HIV and is said to promote a healthy immune system.
- It is used in athletic nutrition and is said to support healthy cholesterol levels and improve cardiovascular function.
Because of its high protein content, it helps in the development of lean muscle mass, which can help an athlete perform better in any sport.
Spirulina is present in many detoxification and cleansing programs and is used to improve digestive and gastrointestinal health. Indeed, it naturally removes deadly toxins (such as mercury) which you might already have ingested or been exposed to in your day to day life. Additionally, it promotes healthy bowel function by stimulating the growth of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract.
Because of the presence of many anti-oxidants, Spirulina is said to reduce the risk of cancer and provide those who consume it with long term health. In clinical tests with mice which had oral cancer, their tumors actually regressed and many mice with liver cancer showed a higher survival rate than those which did not take Spirulina.
Due to the presence of GLA (gamma linolenic acid) some suggest that Spirulina may be beneficial in treating type two diabetes. Another thing that might be helpful in treating type-two diabetes is the high presence of beta-carotene within Spirulina. Consumption of natural source beta carotene (as opposed to chemically produced) has been linked in clinical studies to lower cancer rates. Beta Carotene is also linked to healthy vision.
- Iron rich Spirulina is a great way to get your iron every day. Rather than having to eat liver or other organ meats, Spirulina is easier to digest than iron tablets or capsules, and more nutritionally complete.
- Other research suggests that Spirulina may improve intellectual performance and that it may be a strong treatment against malnutrition particularly in developing nations.
Many research studies have been conducted to evaluate the efficacy of Spirulina. The studies have demonstrated improved attention, cognition, and impulse control in children with ADHD. It has also shown positive effects on metabolism and it has been shown to be effective in aiding in recovery for \ictims of stroke and to prevent age-degenerative memory issues and other medical conditions.
Further studies are needed but many tests have shown promising results.