This king (spirulina of course) continues by potentially improving the following conditions & diseases such as allergies, anemia, heart disease, cancer, oxygen deprived tissues, wound healing, etc. Along with all this a study demonstrating the safety/toxicity of spirulina that everyone should read.
This article will display 5 scientific studies to shed light on how this powerful agent protects your body & mind. Part 2 of 12 articles showcasing the benefits of spirulina.
Spirulina represents your cells by protecting them against free radicals which is a common problem the body is constantly putting in check. What is a free radical you might ask?
Think of a free radical as any foreign thing from foods, toxins, drugs, fumes, etc. which are not meant to be in the body and therefore cause degenerative conditions. They cause degenerative conditions by creating oxidative stress due to the unpaired electron.
Now think of this unparied electon like a dude who goes around and hits on married ladies (paired electrons) desperately seeking to break up a perfectly happy couple to have a mad love affair. This love affair (which rips away nicely paired electrons or couples in this metaphor) causes oxidation (damage) to the cells, DNA, etc. Or in real life causes enough stress to drive a dude bat-(insert explicit word here) crazy. Overall not something you want happening in your body or life for that matter.
The following study demonstrates how spirulina scavenges for these rude dude free radicals to prevent any foreseeable love affairs that cause damage to healthy cells.
- The results suggest that chemicals found in spirulina can act as a free radical scavenger which carries with it effective peptides for future biomedical applications like wound healing, atherosclerosis, cell redox potential and hypoxia (deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching body tissues). (full abstract)
Improving nutritional status is yet another dynamic to spirulina. This is beneficial because it can dramatically change your outcome for developing chronic diseases.
- Spirulina microalgae is considered as a valuable additional food source of some macro- and micronutrients including high quality protein, iron, gamma-linolenic fatty acid (an essential omega-6 fatty acid), carotenoids (any of a class of yellow to red pigments), vitamins B1 and B2 . . its efficiency as an additional remedy in treatment and prophylaxis (to guard or prevent beforehand) of different diseases is proved in a variety of experimental and clinical trials. (full abstract)
It’s even been tested for toxicity at very high doses to get an idea of how much is too much. Here is what they found.
- More recently, some preclinical testing suggests it has several therapeutic properties such as immunological, antiviral and antimutagenic . . . In animal experiments for acute, subchronic and chronic toxicity, reproduction, mutagenicity (an agent that can induce or increase the frequency of mutation in an organism), and teratogenicity (ability to cause birth defects) the algae did not cause body or organ toxicity. In all instances, the spirulina administered to the animals were at much higher amounts than those expected for human consumption. On the other hand there is scant information of the effects of the algae in humans. This area needs more research. (full abstract)
This algae is rich in micronutrients and has many funcitonal properties to it as shown in many scientific studies.
- This alga is a rich source of proteins, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and other nutrients. Its main use, therefore, is as a food supplement. Over the last few years, however, it has been found to have many additional pharmacological properties. Thus, it has been experimentally proven, in vivo and in vitro that it is effective to treat certain allergies, anemia, cancer, hepatotoxicity, viral and cardiovascular diseases, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, immunodeficiency, and inflammatory processes, among others. (full abstract)
It can even potentially protect the body against copper intoxication.
- The effect of spirulina supplementation on reduction of copper toxicity based on food utilization, phosphatases activities and selected haematological parameters (the branch of medical science concerned with diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues) was studied in a freshwater cultivable fish . . . A significant positive correlation was obtained for the relationship between supplementation of dietary spirulina and copper defecation through feces. Among the doses of spirulina supplementation, 6% addition has been considered optimum for fish since this dose produces maximum elimination of copper from the body and feces and better improvement on growth, phosphatases activities and haematological parameters. (full abstract)
The studies only get more exciting as you learn more about the wonderful benefits of this powerhouse. Review the data and remember that all evidence is suggestive. Earthrise spirulina is clean and powerfully effective product that comes highly recommend by the author. It can be found at our local Boise Co-Op as well. A good question to ask yourself when deciding how to improve your health is to ask the following.
“What is important that I don’t currently do?“