Nutritionally dense and potentially able to help with lead toxicity, breast cancer and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Continue to read as this article unfolds the nutritional maven known as Spirulina. This article will display 5 scientific studies to shed light on how this powerful agent protects your body & mind. Part 4 of 12 articles showcasing the benefits of spirulina.
Proving itself a truly functional food this study simply shows that spirulina contains high concentrations of essential fatty acids.
- Two New Age foods which contain high concentrations of whole food nutrients are the single-celled microalgae Chlorella and Spirulina. They are accepted as functional foods, which are defined as products derived from natural sources, whose consumption is likely to benefit human health and enhance performance. These foods are used as a supplement/ingredient or as a complete food to enhance the performance and state of the human body, or improve a specific bodily function . . . The data obtained show that Spirulina contains unusually high levels of gamma-linolenic acid, an essential polyunsaturated fatty acid. (full abstract)
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is sad considering the individual didn’t at least have an awesome party a good portion of their life to earn their disease. For those who find themselves in this situation it would be wise to look further to spirulina.
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases range from simple steatosis (the process describing the abnormal retention of lipids (fats) within a cell) to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (fatty liver disease) . . . Spirulina maxima has been experimentally proven to possess in vivo and in vitro hepatoprotective properties by maintaining the liver lipid profile. This case report evaluates the hepatoprotective effects of orally supplied Spirulina maxima. Three Hispanic Mexican patients (a 43-year-old man, a 77-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman) underwent ultrasonography and were treated with 4.5 g/day of Spirulina maxima for three months. Their blood samples before and after the treatment determined triacylglycerols, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. The results were assessed using ultrasound . . . We conclude that Spirulina maxima may be considered an alternative treatment for patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases and dyslipidemic disorder (a condition marked by abnormal concentrations of lipids or lipoproteins in the blood). (full abstract)
Loaded with antioxidants and known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties this little guy is grocking it’s fullness in both empirical and anecdotal evidence.
- The antioxidant and/or antiinflammatory activities of Spirulina were demonstrated in a large number of preclinical studies. However, a limited number of clinical trials have been carried out so far to confirm such activities in human. Currently, our understanding on the underlying mechanisms for Spirulina’s activities, especially the hypolipidemic effect, is limited. Spirulina is generally considered safe for human consumption supported by its long history of use as food source and its favorable safety profile in animal studies. However, rare cases of side-effects in human have been reported. Quality control in the growth and process of Spirulina to avoid contamination is mandatory to guarantee the safety of Spirulina products. (full abstract)
Spirulina is active in the community of laying the smack down to breast cancer as well.
- Both selenium (Se) and Spirulina have been demonstrated to show anticancer potential. In the present study, we showed that Se-enriched Spirulina platensis extract (Se-SE) inhibited the growth of MCF-7 (Michigan Cancer Foundation – 7) human breast cancer cells through induction of G1 cell cycle arrest (the first checkpoint where the body makes the key decision of whether the cell should divide, delay division, or enter a resting stage) and mitochondria-mediated apoptosis (DNA damage, ischaemia and oxidative stress). Induction of apoptosis by Se-SE was evidenced by accumulation of sub-G1 cell population, DNA fragmentation and nuclear condensation . . . Our results suggest the potential applications of Se-SE in chemoprevention of human breast cancer. (full abstract)
More heavy metal protection being demonstrated by spirulina. Protection against lead toxicity.
- This study was aimed at evaluating the toxic effects of a prenatal exposure to lead acetate on brain tissues of newborn rats, and potent protective effects of spirulina (Arthropira platensis) or dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis) added to rat diet. Female rats were given a normal diet (control) or a diet enriched with spirulina or dandelion. Additionally, lead acetate was administered to one half of these rats through drinking water . . . Moreover, a significant decrease in weight and protein content of these tissues was found. Oxidative stress and changes in antioxidant enzyme activities in brain tissues were also recorded. Conversely, no such damages or biochemical changes were found in neonates from plant fed lead-poisoned mothers. These results strongly suggest that beneficial effects of spirulina- or dandelion-added diet on lead-intoxicated rats proceeded through the reduction of the lead-induced oxidative stress and related damages. (full abstract)
Tomorrow will provide even more exciting insight into neuroprotective aspects of this algae. 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.
As with any addition to your lifestyle it’s always wise to research further and test with small dosages to see how your system responds. Some wise words to remember with any change in life come from Maya Angelou.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”