The Health Benefits of Spirulina

What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a blue-green alga that became famous for being used by NASA as a dietary supplement for astronauts on space missions. Spirulina has constituents such as polysaccharides and essential fats that are quickly absorbed by human cells and help in energy release, thereby increasing overall energy levels. It also increases healthy intestinal flora, enabling the production of Vitamin B6 which also elevates energy levels.

What are the Health Benefits of Spirulina?

The health benefits of Spirulina are numerous and include potentially lowering the risks of stroke and cancer, while studies have found it to successfully treat a wide range of ailments, including viral infections, inflammation, candida overgrowth and allergic rhinitis. Many toxicological studies have verified the safety of Spirulina which now belongs to a list of substances categorised by the US Food and Drug Administration under the category Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).

Spirulina vs Chlorella

Chlorella is another form of algae that is sometimes confused with spirulina. The difference between spirulina and chlorella is that spirulina is many thousands of years older and does not have the hard cell wall that makes chlorella more of a plant than an alga. Chlorella is used as a medicine for preventing cancer, reducing radiation treatment side effects, stimulating the immune system, preventing colds, increasing white blood cell counts and protecting the body against toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury. Chlorella is also used to increase healthy intestinal flora which in turn improves digestion and to helps treat disorders such as ulcers, colitis and diverticulosis.

Medicinal Uses of Spirulina

Spirulina in Clinical Practice: Evidence-Based Human Applications: View Research Paper

Multiple studies investigating the efficacy and the potential clinical applications of Spirulina in treating several diseases have been performed and a few randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews suggest that this alga may improve several symptoms and may even have an anticancer, antiviral and antiallergic effects.

Hypolipidemic, Antioxidant and Antiinflammatory Activities of Microalgae SpirulinaView Research Paper

The antioxidant and/or anti-inflammatory activities of Spirulina have been demonstrated in a large number of preclinical studies.

Spirulina as a Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis

Effects of a Spirulina-based dietary supplement on cytokine production from allergic rhinitis patientsView Research Paper

…this is the first human feeding study that demonstrates the protective effects of Spirulina towards allergic rhinitis.

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