SPITAB – Spirulina tablets
Spirulina is a microalgae that has attracted many researchers in evaluating the health benefits of Spirulina. Many studies have been conducted worldwide regarding the use of Spirulina) in the treatment of cancer, HIV, cholesterol, blood pressure, stroke and many more diseases with positive results. Impressive results have been obtained in almost every studies conducted regarding the potential benefits of Spirulina in boosting immunity and in treating vitamin deficiencies.
Spirulina might be a new name to the developed and developing countries. However, use of Spirulina in history has been recorded by the Aztecs in 16th century and by the inhabitants of the central Africa near Lake Chad in the 9th century.
Some of the potential health benefits, as established by numerous scientific studies, are mentioned below:
HIV and AIDS
Many scientific studies have established that regular consumption of Spirulina (5 gm every day) stabilizes the levels of CD4+ cells and HIV-1 viral load with absolutely no side effects observed.
Prevention of cancer
Free radicals are known to cause cancer. Anti-oxidants help in neutralizing these free radicals. Spirulina is a rich source of anti-oxidants like phycocyanins, carotenoids and super oxide dismutase (SOD).
Significant reductions in precancerous lesions have been observed in individuals chewing tobacco with daily consumption of 3 to 5 gm of Spirulina.
Detoxification of heavy metals (Arsenic in particular)
The most affected countries with chronic arsenic poisoning are United States, India, Taiwan, Chile and Bangladesh. The reason behind Arsenic toxicity cases in United States is the natural occurrence of Arsenic in high levels whereas for the population of other countries mentioned, it is the occurrence of Arsenic in drinking water.
According to a study, regular consumption of Spirulina (3 g or more) may cause a decrease in arsenic concentrations within the body by more than 45%.
Anemia is a condition characterized by reduced hemoglobin. This mainly occurs due to the deficiency of iron within the body. Spirulina is a rich source of Iron and can be beneficial in the treatment of anemias.
Significant reduction have been observed in the levels of LDL, serum triglycerides and total cholesterol levels in individuals taking 3 g to 5 g of Spirulina on daily basis.
Phycocyanin found in Spirulina reverses the endothelial dysfunction in metabolic syndrome. A Mexican study conducted in both men and women reported that with a daily intake of 4.5 g of Spirulina, the rates of high blood pressure were reduced in just 6 weeks without any dietary changes.
Spirulina helps in cutting out hunger. This is because Spirulina is rich in protein and a diet rich in protein gives a feeling of “hunger satisfaction or filled belly”. This is beneficial in individuals who have a habit of eating frequently, irrespective of hunger or body needs. Also, a diet rich in protein requires more energy to metabolize, which means that your body burns more calories in digesting a protein rich diet. Moreover, protein intake also helps in maintaining a lean tissue and promotes fat burning.
Make sure to incorporate a balanced diet and exercise along with Spirulina into your weight loss program.
Combining Spirulina with lime juice boosts the energy levels.
Spirulina may be beneficial to liver health as it prevents liver damage caused by a well-known toxin ‘tetrachloride’. Evidence suggests that Spirulina protects against liver damage, liver cirrhosis and liver failure.
A study involving type 2 diabetic individuals taking 2 g of Spirulina per day have shown significant reduction in the blood sugar levels over duration of 2 months. Levels of HbA1c – a marker in the determination of long term blood glucose levels was also significantly lowered. The outcome of this study concluded that consumption of Spirulina on a daily basis may decrease the diabetes related deaths.
Phycocyanin – a component present in Spirulina has the ability to eliminate free radicals and prevent the production of molecules within the body that are responsible for inflammation.
Free radicals can harm the DNA and cells which may lead to cancer, inflammation and many more diseases. Spirulina is a rich source of wide range of anti-oxidants that protects your body from free radicals and hence, against these life threatening diseases.
Effect on brain
Regular consumption of 3 to 5 gm of Spirulina on a daily basis protects the brain from degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Anti-oxidant and nutrition rich Spirulina has neuroprotective effects due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effect.
Spirulina improves the cognitive ability and mental health. In a study conducted on school children, an improvement in academic performance by 10% was observed in children who were taking Spirulina 2 g on daily basis for 2 months.
Possible explanation to the above event could be L-trytophan – a precursor to neurotransmitter serotonin. L-tryptophan is an amino acid and found in abundance in Spirulina. Spirulina also plays an important role in improving memory by reducing oxidative stress.
Muscle strength and endurance
Athletes and physically active individuals often experiences muscle fatigue. This occurs mainly due to exercise induced oxidative stress. Certain studies have shown that daily consumption of Spirulina by 3 to 5 g significantly increases muscle strength and endurance due to anti-oxidant property of Spirulina.
Allergic rhinitis is characterized by the inflammation of nasal airways. Nasal discharge, sneezing, itching and nasal congestion are the common symptoms. Animal studies reports that Spirulina blocks the release of histamine – a chemical responsible for the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. In a study conducted on 127 individuals with allergic rhinitis, symptoms were dramatically reduced in individuals taking 2 g of Spirulina on daily basis.
PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptoms
Fatigue, cramps, bloating and mood swings are some of the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Many women, taking 3 to 5 g of Spirulina on a daily basis, have reported a reduction in the symptoms. In some cases where Spirulina was taken for more than 6 months, symptoms were totally absent.
Candida species is a kind of fungus often found in the mucosa of oral cavity, gastro-intestinal tract and vagina. Several animal studies have shown Spirulina as an effective anti-microbial for candida. Also, certain studies have also reported to promote the growth of healthy bacterial flora in intestines with daily consumption of Spirulina.
Skin health and anti-aging
Free radicals are present everywhere in the body, including skin too. These are responsible for the deterioration of skin. Spirulina contains wide variety of anti-oxidants that neutralizes these free radicals and promotes skin health. Also, with a wide array of nutrients from amino acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements present in it, Spirulina will make your skin look healthy, glowing, young and smooth.
Many studies on anti-aging have reported the marvelous effects of catalase. Spirulina is also a rich source of catalase.
Due to its inherent anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, daily consumption of Spirulina protects the body against bacterial and viral infections. This is particularly beneficial in adults and children who frequently catches cold.
Phycocyanin is an anti-oxidant present in abundance in Spirulina, increases the number of white blood cells.
Furthermore, a study conducted in senior citizens and animals have shown that Spirulina boosts immunity if taken on a daily basis.
Spirulina is a rich source of calcium and calcium is good for bones. One of the study conducted has reported that daily intake of Spirulina increases the bone mineral density.
Phycocyanin is a pigment present in Spirulina in abundance. It possesses anti-inflammatory activity that is similar to the one exhibited by NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Daily consumption of NSAID’s has risks and side effects associated with it. Moreover, use of NSAID’s is not recommended on a daily basis. Spirulina is beneficial for such individuals as it has no side effects associated with long term use.
Richest source of Proteins
Any person thinking of a protein rich diet would probably imagine a meal consisting of egg white, beef or red meat or a whey protein shake. Strict vegetarians would think of lentils, soy products, nuts and beans as a source of proteins. When proteins from above mentioned sources are compared with protein content of Spirulina, proteins from all the above mentioned sources combined together is not even half of what Spirulina has. To give you the numbers, Spirulina has 65 – 71 percentage of proteins in comparison to lentils which is 26 percent and beef which is 22 percent. To remind you once again, Spirulina is a vegetarian source. Also, Spirulina contains all the essential and non-essential amino acids which make the protein in Spirulina ‘A Complete Protein’.
Vitamins, minerals and trace elements
Spirulina contains almost every vitamins, minerals and trace elements needed by the body. This makes Spirulina a complete food. Daily intake of Spirulina helps in proper functioning of all the organs and organ system of the body.
Spirulina is also a rich source of dietary fibers, which eases the passage of waste through the digestive system. It promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system and improves the absorption of nutrients from the digestive system.
It is a well-known fact that vitamin A is essential for healthy eyes. Spirulina is a rich source of vitamin A. In fact, it has 10 times more vitamin A than carrots if compared gram to gram.
Spirulina has all the nutrients that are beneficial in improving sperm and ovum health. With all the anti-oxidants, Spirulina effectively neutralizes the free radicals, which in most of the cases, is the real culprit for infertility.
Cells are structural and functional unit of the human body. Cells need energy and nutrition to perform their daily and routine functions normally. Spirulina contains all the essential nutrition that promotes cellular health.
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