Spirulina - Should your dog have it?

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)

  • Copper

  • Iron

  • 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