If neuroprotection, enhanced immunity, liver protection and cellular protection from free radicals sounds good to you than continue to read as this article unfolds the nutritional master technician known as Spirulina. This article will display 5 scientific studies to shed light on how this powerful agent protects your body & mind. Part 5 of 12 articles showcasing the benefits of spirulina.
Protection against cerebral ischemia injury (a restriction of blood flow to tissues leading to injury) is something we all could use.
- Spirulina is a widely used nutritional supplement rich in proteins and antioxidants . . . In the present study, the protective effect of Spirulina was investigated in transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO)-induced (one of the three major paired arteries that supply blood to the cerebrum) focal cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury (reperfusion injury is the tissue damage caused when blood supply returns to the tissue after a period of ischemia or lack of oxygen) in rats . . . Spirulina at a dose of 180 mg/kg significantly reversed the elevated brain malondialdehyde (this aldehyde is used as a biomarker to measure the level of oxidative stress in an organism) content and restored the decreased activities of brain superoxide dismutase (protects oxygen-metabolizing cells against harmful effects of superoxide free-radicals), catalase (it catalyzes the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen), and reduced-form glutathione (powerful antioxidant) indicating that Spirulina has the protective potential against cerebral ischemia injury and its protective effects may be due to its antioxidant property. (full abstract)
A study simply illustrating the many benefits of spirulina on the immune system and overall functions.
- Different Spirulina preparations influence immune system viz. increase phagocytic activity (the cellular process of engulfing solid particles by the cell membrane) of macrophages, stimulating the production of antibodies* and cytokines*, increase accumulation of NK (natural killer) cells into tissue and activation and mobilization of T and B cells . . . Preparations have been found to be active against several enveloped viruses including herpes virus, cytomegalovirus, influenza virus and HIV. They are capable to inhibit carcinogenesis due to anti-oxidant properties that protect tissues and also reduce toxicity of liver, kidney and testes. (full abstract)
*An antibody also known as an immunoglobulin, is a large Y-shaped protein produced by B-cells that is used by the immune system to identify and neutralize foreign objects such as bacteria and viruses. The antibody recognizes a unique part of the foreign target, called an antigen.
* Cytokines (Greek cyto-, cell; and -kinos, movement) are small cell-signaling protein molecules that are secreted by numerous cells and are a category of signaling molecules used extensively in intercellular communication.
Being a functional food requires a great deal of study. This simply shows that it can act as a primary source of protein.
- This study was designed to explore the nutritional value of proteins derived from algal biomasses of genus Spirulina maxima, with a view to the possible use of such proteins in human alimentation . . . Our research was conducted in young growing rats; it provided confirmation of the validity of Spirulina as a protein source in terms of good weight gains by the test animals and freedom from adverse effects; the same research, on the other hand, failed to confirm the effectiveness of these protein materials in reducing caloric intake. (full abstract)
The liver really appreciates the protective nature of spirulina as seen in this study.
- Increasing attention has been paid to Spirulina for its potential clinical uses. The present study investigated the protection by dietary Spirulina platensis against d-galactosamine (d-GalN)- and acetaminophen (a widely used over-the-counter analgesic [pain reliever] and antipyretic [fever reducer]) (APAP)-induced hepatitis in ICR mice . . . These results showed that dietary S. platensis could provide a significant protection against d-GalN- and APAP-induced liver injuries. (full abstract)
Being the stud it is of a food this algae represents our cells by protecting them from free radicals.
- Spirulina is a commercial alga well known to contain various antioxidants, especially phycocyanin. Apart from being sold as a nutraceutical, Spirulina is incorporated as a functional ingredient in food products and beverages . . . The primary objective of this study was to assess the antioxidant activity of aqueous extract from Spirulina based on its protective effect against cell death induced by free radicals . . . The results showed that aqueous extract of Spirulina has a protective effect against apoptotic cell death (of healthy cells) due to free radicals. The potential application of incorporating Spirulina into food products and beverages to enhance their antioxidant capacity is worth exploring. (full abstract)
Tomorrow will provide even more exciting insights regarding atherosclerosis prevention as well as even more protection from lead toxicity. 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.
The following is more food for your mind. Some wise words to remember with any change in life come from our comrade Robert Louis Stevenson.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”