Updated: Mar 11, 2020
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that grows naturally in oceans and salty lakes in subtropical climates. Spirulina was once classified as a plant because of "its richness in plant pigments as well as its ability of photosynthesis," according to a study published in the journal Cardiovascular Therapeutics.
A new understanding of its genetics caused scientists to move it to the Bacteria kingdom — studied extensively because of its high nutritional as well as potential therapeutic values, according to the study's authors.
Some of the reported benefits of Spirulina are:
Spirulina Is Extremely High in Many Nutrients.
Protein: 4 grams
Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
Vitamin B3 (niacin)
It also contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium, and manganese and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that you need.
Gram to gram, Spirulina might be one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet!
Powerful Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Properties.
Spirulina is a fantastic source of antioxidants that protect the body.
Oxidative stress can damage your DNA and Cells.
The active ingredient in Spirulina is called phycocyanin, this is what gives it the green-blue color.
Phycocyanin can fight free radicals and inhibit the production of inflammatory signaling molecules, providing impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
Can Lower “Bad” LDL and Triglyceride Levels.
Studies have been found to report that small doses of Spirulina taken daily have shown to reduce the BAD cholesterol and triglycerides.
This has shown to prevent and manage heart disease in early stages.
May Have Anti-Cancer Properties.
Here, in India, there have been studies that have shown great promise in the ability Spirulina has to reduce and prevent the growth of cancer and tumors.
However, some of these studies have also shown that when the subjects stopped taking Spirulina the tumors returned in the following 1