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    10 reasons to take spirulina every day

    10 reasons to take spirulina every day

    by: Jonathan Benson

    We talk a lot about "superfoods" here at NaturalNews because there are literally thousands of nutrient-dense superfood options from which to choose, all of which contain a unique array of disease-fighting vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other healing components. But the one superfood that stands out among the rest -- and the one that you should be taking every single day for your health -- is spirulina, a special type of blue-green algae that is loaded with chlorophyll and a host of other life-giving nutrients.

    Spirulina is particularly rich in 1) infection-fighting proteins that have been scientifically shown to increase the production of disease-combating antibodies within the body. Since spirulina is composed of nearly 70 percent protein, the highest among all other foods, it is particularly effective at boosting the production of macrophages, a type of white blood cell that fights and prevents infection. (http://www.inspiredliving.com/greenf...a-immunity.htm)

    A 2005 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that spirulina helps 2) inhibit allergic reactions as well, particularly among those suffering from allergic rhinitis. It turns out that regularly taking high doses of spirulina can help allergy sufferers experience dramatic improvements in their allergy symptoms. (http://www.naturalnews.com)

    As far as blood health is concerned, spirulina has been shown to be an effective 3) treatment for anemia. In his book Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition, author Paul Pitchford explains how spirulina and numerous other forms of micro-algae effectively boost production of red blood cells, particularly when taken in combination with vitamin B12. (http://www.naturalnews.com/027213_spirulina_anemia.html)

    Rich in both phycocyanin and chlorophyll, spirulina is also a powerful 4) blood purifier. Not only do these two important nutrients promote blood cell growth, but they also rejuvenate the existing blood supply. Chlorophyll in particular is nearly identical to hemoglobin, the molecule responsible for cleansing the blood and transporting oxygen to cells. (http://www.drmirkin.com/nutrition/N246.html)

    Because it contains all eight essential amino acids and 10 other non-essential amino acids, the antioxidants beta carotene and zeaxanthin, B complex vitamins; dozens of trace minerals, the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, pathogen-targeting proteins, and beneficial probiotic bacteria, spirulina is also unmatched in its ability to 5) boost the immune system. (http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/spirulina-000327.htm)

    These same nutrients also help to 6) detoxify the cells and body of heavy metals and other toxins. A powerful chelating agent, spirulina tends to reach deep into bodily tissues and root out toxins like mercury, radiation, arsenic, cadmium, pesticides, synthetic food chemicals, and environmental carcinogens. Spirulina also assists in the transport of essential nutrients across the blood-brain barrier to replace the voids left by these toxins. (http://www.supremeorganicdetox.com/formula7.html)

    A 1988 study out of Japan and several others have found that spirulina helps to 7) lower cholesterol levels and mitigate the underlying inflammation problems that cause cholesterol to accumulate in the bloodstream. Supplementing with spirulina daily effectively reduces blood serum levels of cholesterol, which means cholesterol is being deposited throughout the body where it needs to be rather than in arterial walls where it can cause cardiovascular problems.

    Overweight or obese individuals trying to lose weight may also derive benefit from spirulina's ability to 8) promote weight loss. Not only can supplementing with spirulina help you shed the extra pounds, but it may also assist in the growth and development of lean muscle mass, particularly because of its extremely high ratio of bioavailable protein.

    Many people who supplement with spirulina tend to notice dramatic improvements in mental health and cognitive acuity. Because it contains exceptionally high levels of the L-tryptophan, an amino acid that produces the brain neurotransmitters melatonin and serotonin, spirulina is an unprecedented 9) brain chemistry balancer that can help improve mood, boost memory, and promote feelings of calm and happiness. (http://bodyecology.com/articles/boos...p#.UEZDakRpyKw)

    Spirulina's diverse array of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and cleansing nutrients also helps to 10) nurture healthy skin and hair. By targeting the detrimental factors that contribute to hair loss, saggy skin, and other side-effects of aging, spirulina can help rejuvenate your body's largest organ from the inside out. Topical spirulina creams can also help tone and improve skin health.

    To experience the maximum benefits of spirulina, it may be necessary for some people to consume as many as several grams or more per day of this nutrient-dense superfood. Just be sure to purchase only reputable brands of spirulina such as Cyanotech's Nutrex-Hawaii Spirulina Pacifica, which is cultivated and harvested in such a way as to avoid contamination with toxic microcystins.

    Also, be sure to check out the NaturalNews reference page for more information about spirulina:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/spirulina.html

    Sources for this article include:

    http://www.naturalnews.com/023853_ma...icroalgae.html

    Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/042685_sp...#ixzz2ixrcpj1o
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    IMHO, processed and/or concentrated greens can create a de-tox that is intense and for some devastating. Even too much kale can cause this. So, take it slow and let the body get used to extra greens.

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    Health Properties:

    Though it does taste like pond scum, Spirulina has some great health-boosting qualities:
    ◾Spirulina is 65% protein and amino acids including the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which has gotten a lot of attention for its anti-inflammatory properties, especially when taken with other quality Omega-3 supplements like Fermented Cod Liver Oil. (I suspect that the benefits of GLA in Spirulina are even more than what the studies have found since these studies often use vegetable oils for their GLA source, and the other inflammatory compounds in vegetable oils can interfere with the anti-inflammatory ability.) It contains all essential amino acids.
    ◾Spirulina contains Omega 3-,6 and 9s and is especially high in Omega-3s.
    ◾Spirulina is extremely high in Chlorophyll, which helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system.
    ◾Spirulina has a very high concentration of bio-available iron and is excellent during pregnancy and for those with anemia and will not cause constipation.
    ◾ Spirulina is a great source of other nutrients including (according to Wikipedia): “Spirulina contains vitamins B-1(thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3(nicotinamide), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is also a source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc. Spirulina contains many pigments which may be beneficial and bioavailable”.
    ◾This Spirulina (from Mountain Rose Herbs) was tested be an independent laboratory and found to have an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of over 24,000 which is 4x the ORAC score of blueberries. The ORAC score is generally used to measure antioxidant ability and concentration in different foods.
    ◾Spirulina is also incredibly high in calcium with over 26 times the calcium in milk, making it excellent for children, the elderly and during pregnancy.
    ◾Some research has suggested that Spirulina may be helpful in allergies and allergic reactions.
    ◾Spirulina’s phosphorus content makes it helpful as part of a tooth remineralization regimen.
    ◾Emerging evidence suggests that it binds with radioactive isotopes and may be useful for radioactivity exposure or radiation therapy.
    ◾The protein in Spirulina is highly usable and has a net protein utilization rate of between 50-61%
    ◾Spirulina can bind with heavy metals in the body and help remove them.
    ◾Spirulina can increase fat burning during exercise.

    Source:
    http://wellnessmama.com/4738/herb-profile-spirulina/


    Other sources:
    http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed...ment/spirulina
    http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-spirulina.html
    http://altmedicine.about.com/od/comp.../spirulina.htm
    http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/n...-of-spirulina/
    Proverbs 29:18
    "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

    Hosea 4:6
    "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."

    "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ~ Charles Dickens

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    I used to take Spirulina but kind of fell out of the routine. What's a good brand to get? I don't want something that has been destroyed by commercial chemicals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prog Snob View Post
    I used to take Spirulina but kind of fell out of the routine. What's a good brand to get? I don't want something that has been destroyed by commercial chemicals.
    I like Now products.

    http://www.amazon.com/Now-Foods-Spir.../dp/B000MGSHXE
    http://www.amazon.com/Now-Foods-ORGA.../dp/B000MGR1U4
    Proverbs 29:18
    "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

    Hosea 4:6
    "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."

    "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ~ Charles Dickens

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    Excellent thanks!

    Have you felt a difference since using it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prog Snob View Post
    Excellent thanks!

    Have you felt a difference since using it?

    I just started taking Spirulina (3 weeks) with Modifilan and Nascent Iodine and I am feeling great!
    Proverbs 29:18
    "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

    Hosea 4:6
    "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."

    "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ~ Charles Dickens

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    Spirulina may help elderly patients with anemia and immunological dysfunction

    by: Jonathan Benson

    Elderly folks suffering from anemia or age-related immune system deterioration could see dramatic improvements with regular supplementation of spirulina, a blue-green freshwater algae with an extensive track record of health promotion and disease mitigation. Researchers from the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of California, Davis, (UCD) learned this after testing the effects of spirulina on a group of seniors with either or both of the two conditions and seeing positive results.

    Participating in the study was a cohort of 40 volunteers, each of whom was 50 years of age or older with no previous history of major chronic illness. Each participant did, however, report having suffered from some form of anemia or immunological dysfunction, also known as immunosenescence, meaning he or she was in need of regular treatment. In this case, researchers wanted to test whether or not a nutrition-based approach centered on spirulina would bring relief to the volunteers.

    For 12 weeks, study participants were told to take spirulina regularly, as well as submit comprehensive dietary questionnaires outlining all other foods they ate during this time. Throughout the course of these three months, administrators tested the participants' complete cell counts and indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) enzyme activity, both of which are indicators of immune function. These levels were analyzed at baseline, week 6 and week 12 of supplementation.

    Upon analysis, the research team found that, throughout the 12-week study period, patients' mean corpuscular hemoglobin, or average hemoglobin mass per red blood cell, increased significantly in both sexes. Both mean corpuscular volume and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration increased in male participants as well, but older women were found to derive health benefits from spirulina more quickly compared to men.

    "[T]he majority of subjects manifested increased IDO activity and white blood cell count at 6 and 12 weeks of spirulina supplementation," explains the study abstract, as published in the journal Cellular & Molecular Immunology. "Spirulina may ameliorate anemia and immunosenescence in older subjects. We encourage large human studies to determine whether this safe supplement could prove beneficial in randomized clinical trials."


    Spirulina also effective against allergies, high cholesterol and cancer

    There are many other health benefits associated with spirulina as well, including improved allergy symptoms, better metabolism of cholesterol and decreased risk of cancer. Many earlier studies, including one published in the journal Cardiovascular Therapeutics back in 2010, reveal that spirulina can help prevent and treat a host of diseases, including cardiovascular and inflammatory conditions.

    "Spirulina has been experimentally proven, in vivo and in vitro that it is effective to treat certain allergies, anemia, cancer, hepatotoxicity [toxicity of the liver], viral and cardiovascular diseases, hyperglycemia [high blood sugar], hyperlipidemia [high cholesterol and triglycerides], immunodeficiency, and inflammatory processes, among others," writes Kelly J. Moorhead in her book Spirulina: Nature's Superfood.

    To learn more about the many health benefits of spirulina, or to pore through dozens of published studies on this important cyanobacterium, be sure to visit the SCIENCE.NaturalNews.com archive:
    http://science.naturalnews.com.

    Sources for this article include:

    http://science.naturalnews.com

    http://science.naturalnews.com

    http://www.naturalnews.com

    http://science.naturalnews.com

    Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/042700_sp...#ixzz2jB3zX7e5
    Proverbs 29:18
    "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

    Hosea 4:6
    "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."

    "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ~ Charles Dickens



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    http://mr-ginseng.com/en/spirulina/

    This has some amazing pictures and a great explanation of spirulina.

    Again, as the article states, start SLOW and increase only as the body allows. This is not a cure all.

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    thx nice info ... I take it all the time ESP if I feel run down


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    Is there a way to be sure that the algae you are eating is not the kind that produces lethal toxins? Freshwater blue-green toxins have been known to cause livestock deaths here in Ohio....some lakes have been closed to swimming.

    More info about toxic algae here: http://water.unl.edu/web/lakes/toxicalgae-faqs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tod View Post
    Is there a way to be sure that the algae you are eating is not the kind that produces lethal toxins? Freshwater blue-green toxins have been known to cause livestock deaths here in Ohio....some lakes have been closed to swimming.

    More info about toxic algae here: http://water.unl.edu/web/lakes/toxicalgae-faqs

    I would only go with companies I know and trust and I would try to get organic as much as possible.

    There's no shortage of spirulina products in the marketplace. How do you know which is high in important nutrients? And which one you'd feel comfortable taking yourself and giving to your family?

    When choosing a spirulina supplement, here are some of the important nutrients that I believe you should look for…
    Total carotenoids
    Phycocyanin
    Zeaxanthin
    Chlorophyll
    Gamma linolenic acid (GLA)

    To safeguard you and your family, I recommend that you make sure your source is organic and has independent third party lab verification that the spirulina is both toxin- and radiation-free and contains iodine and not bromine.

    Know your source. Some less-than-optimal brands add animal wastes to deceptively boost protein levels. Insist on vegetarian organic nutrients in your spirulina supplement.
    http://products.mercola.com/spirublue/


    Where is Spirulina produced?

    Spirulina needs tropical weather. Most Spirulina producers are around the equator where spirulina can get maximum sunshine and constant high temperature.

    World wide, only a few countries are able to grow spirulina commercially. There are two regions in the USA , ( Hawaii & California ), one in Mexico (may no longer operate), some in China , Taiwan , India and Thailand . We understand Japan doesn't have commercial growing sites (due to low temperature). Japanese companies import Spirulina for their products. There is one research plant in Okinawa , but not for commercial production.
    http://www.australianspirulina.com.a...rulinatips.htm

    More info:
    http://spirulinapowder-review.com/
    http://vitamins.lovetoknow.com/Spiru...der_Supplement
    Proverbs 29:18
    "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

    Hosea 4:6
    "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."

    "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ~ Charles Dickens

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    Spirulina supplementation improves academic performance in schoolchildren

    by: David Gutierrez

    Did you know that, among its many benefits, spirulina has also been shown to improve academic performance in schoolchildren?

    Spirulina is the name given to more than 40,000 varieties of spiral-shaped, blue-green algae that are consumed as nutritional supplements, typically in powdered or tablet form. It grows naturally in warm freshwater lakes between 85 and 112 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Because spirulina is an abundant, naturally occurring food that is high in nutrients but contains only 3.9 calories per gram, it has attracted attention as a nutritional supplement that might be able to help alleviate malnutrition worldwide without leading to the opposite problem of obesity. Adding to spirulina's appeal, it retains its nutritional value well during processing and has an extraordinarily long shelf life.


    A nutritional powerhouse

    The academic performance study was conducted by Senegalese researchers and published in the French journal Sante Publique in 2009. The researchers were evaluating the effectiveness of a government program designed to improve the nutritional status of schoolchildren with spirulina supplements. The children consumed 2g of spirulina (mixed with 10g of honey for flavor) once per day for 60 days.

    The researchers compared the academic performance of 549 Senegalese elementary school students right before the beginning of spirulina supplementation with their performance two months later. The children's average age was seven years, seven months.

    After two months of spirulina supplementation, the children's average school performance had increased by 10 percent. The results were statistically significant.

    Because so little research on this effect has been done, it is impossible to be certain what is responsible for this improvement in academic scores. However, studies have shown that spirulina improves both cognitive ability and mental health, in part because it contains high levels of L-tryptophan - the amino acid needed for the body to synthesize the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin.

    Another possible explanation is that spirulina improves the overall nutritional health of school children, which has been strongly correlated with academic performance. Spirulina is not just a complete protein but 60-70 percent protein by weight, a higher proportion than either soy or red meat. It is high in vitamins A, C, D and E, as well as in B vitamins, including B-12, which is not typically found in vegetable sources. It also contains a wide variety of minerals, antioxidants and fatty acids that have been shown to contribute to healthier skin and hair, and to fight cell damage.


    Benefits for all ages

    The clinically proven properties of spirulina exceed even these remarkable benefits. It has been shown to help the body fight infection, lose weight, lower cholesterol and even prevent the inflammation linked with heart disease. It fights anemia (it is especially high in iron), purifies the blood and removes heavy metals and other toxic substances from the body.

    Spirulina has also been shown to increase energy, help control food cravings and relieve anxiety, depression, fatigue, stress and premenstrual syndrome. It is one of the most effective natural ways to relieve the symptoms of allergies and hay fever. Spirulina has also shown promise in fighting arthritis, alcoholism, herpes and even cancer.

    All of these benefits can come from taking as little as 2-3 grams of spirulina per day.

    Spirulina should not be taken, however, by anyone with phenylketonuria or autoimmune disorders, due to its high phenylalanine content and its immune-boosting properties, respectively. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should only take it under the supervision of a health care practitioner.

    To learn more about the remarkable benefits of spirulina, visit the NaturalNews Science page on this amazing superfood (http://science.naturalnews.com) or download the free report "Super Foods for Optimum Health - Chlorella and Spirulina" at NaturalNews.com.

    Sources for this article include:

    http://science.naturalnews.com

    http://www.naturalnews.com

    http://www.naturalnews.com

    Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/042743_sp...#ixzz2jUyfvYIf
    Proverbs 29:18
    "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

    Hosea 4:6
    "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."

    "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ~ Charles Dickens

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    Spirulina Benefits: 10+ Proven Reasons to Use This Superfood

    By Rebekah Edwards



    It’s blue-green, absurdly healthy but often overlooked or misunderstood; Spirulina may not be from Pandora, but it grows in our version of that magical moon, Hawaii, along with other exotic locations around the globe.

    This blue-green algae is a freshwater plant that is now one of the most researched, and alongside its cousin chlorella, most talked about superfoods today. Grown around the world from Mexico to Africa to even Hawaii, spirulina is renowned for its intense flavor and even more powerful nutrition profile.

    While you may have only seen it as an ingredient in your green superfood beverages, energy bars and natural supplements, spirulina benefits are so profound that taken on a daily basis they could help restore and revitalize your health! To date, there are nearly 1,700 peer-reviewed scientific articles evaluating its health benefits. (1)

    A biomass of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) that can be consumed by humans and other animals, there are two species: Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima. Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima are cultivated worldwide and used both as a dietary supplement (in tablet, flake and powder form) and even whole food — and even for livestock and fish feed. (2)

    10+ Proven Spirulina Benefits
    Not everyone can get their hands on the optimal Hawaiian variety, but fortunately spirulina that’s standardly produced includes very significant health benefits for people who regularly consume it. By regularly, I strongly recommend that you taking spirulina daily for the following reasons.

    1. Detoxes Heavy Metals (Especially Arsenic)
    Affecting people all over the globe, chronic arsenic toxicity is a problem. According to the World Health Organization, the U.S. is one of the countries affected by inorganic arsenic that is naturally present at high levels.

    Arsenic toxicity is an even bigger problem in the Far East. In the words of Bangladeshi researchers, “Millions of people in Bangladesh, India, Taiwan and Chile are consuming a high concentration of arsenic through drinking water, and thousands of them have already developed chronic arsenic poisoning.” (3)

    In fact, up to 3 percent of the entire nation of Bangladesh showed clinical signs of arsenic poisoning alone. (4) As Bangladeshi researchers pointed out, “there is no specific treatment” for arsenic poisoning, which is why they evaluated alternatives like blue-green algae.

    After giving 24 patients affected by chronic arsenic poisoning spirulina extract (250 milligrams) plus zinc (2 milligrams) twice daily, they compared the results with 17 patients who took a placebo and found that the spirulina-zinc combination worked. Ultimately, the participants experienced a 47 percent decrease of arsenic in their body. Spirulina against arsenic? Spirulina wins! Make it part of your heavy metal detox.

    2. Eliminates Candida
    According to researchers, “Candida species belong to the normal microbiota of an individual’s mucosal oral cavity, gastrointestinal tract and vagina.” (5) What does that mean? Well, without a healthy microflora balance in our body, we are simply much more susceptible to sickness and disease.

    In fact, leaky gut syndrome and improper digestion are directly connected to microfloral imbalance. Not only is invasive candidiasis the leading cause of mycosis-related death in the U.S., candida overgrowth has become the hallmark sign for most autoimmune diseases today. (6)

    Because of our shift toward a diet rich in sugar and unnatural ingredients, antimicrobial resistance and ineffective antifungal drugs, we have seen a significant rise in yeast infections since the 1980s.

    Thankfully, spirulina appears to be able to help. Several animal studies have shown that it’s an effective antimicrobial agent, particularly for candida. (7, 8, 9)

    Specifically, spirulina benefits have been shown to promote the growth of healthy bacterial flora in the intestines, which in turn inhibits candida from thriving. Additionally, the immune-strengthening properties of spirulina will help the body eliminate candida cells. (10) Spirulina against candida? Spirulina wins!

    3. Improves HIV/AIDS
    Up until recently, epidemiologists have been puzzled trying to understand why people in Japan, Korea and Chad have relatively low HIV/AIDS rates. One possible explanation, revealed in a 2012 study published in the Journal of Applied Phycology, may be the amount of algae people in these areas regularly consume!

    When researchers took 11 HIV patients who have never taken antiretrovirals, they split the participants into three groups: one that was assigned to eat 5 grams of brown seaweed every day, one that was to eat 5 grams of spirulina, and one that ate a combination of both. (11) After the three-month trial period was complete, two key findings were discovered:

    Absolutely no adverse effects were experienced from both seaweed varieties and the combination.
    CD4 cells (T-helper white blood cells that fight infection and are used to stage HIV) and HIV-1 viral load (another HIV biomarker) remained stable.
    The results were so promising that one participant volunteered to continue the study for an additional 10 months, and this participant actually benefited from “clinically significant improvement in CD4 and decreased HIV viral load.” Therefore, spirulina deserves a place in natural HIV treatment.

    4. Helps Prevent Cancer
    According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “A number of animal and test tube studies suggest that spirulina increases production of antibodies, infection-fighting proteins, and other cells that improve immunity and help ward off infection and chronic illnesses such as cancer.” (12)

    This doesn’t come as a surprise as more than 70 peer-reviewed articles have been published in the scientific literature evaluating spirulina’s ability to affect cancer cells. (13)

    In an article published this past April, Czech Republic scientists pointed out that, in addition to its ability to control blood cholesterol levels, “Spirulina is also rich in tetrapyrrolic compounds closely related to bilirubin molecule, a potent antioxidant and anti-proliferative agent.” (14)

    When tested on human pancreatic cells, these researchers discovered that, “Compared to untreated cells, experimental therapeutics significantly decreased proliferation of human pancreatic cancer cell lines in vitro in a dose-dependent manner.” Essentially, this proves that consuming spirulina appears to be a potential natural cancer treatment.

    5. Lowers Blood Pressure
    Phycocyanin is a pigment found in the spirulina that scientists have discovered possesses antihypertensive effects (it lowers blood pressure). (15) Japanese researchers claim that this is because consuming the blue-green algae reverses endothelial dysfunction in metabolic syndrome.

    I find this extremely promising for Americans because metabolic syndrome has rapidly become one of the main causes of preventable disease today, as it raises one’s risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and stroke. (16)

    6. Reduces Cholesterol
    Along those same lines, spirulina benefits have also been shown to prevent atherosclerosis and reduce elevated blood cholesterol levels.

    A recent animal study published in The Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology took rabbits, fed them a high cholesterol diet (HCD) containing 0.5 percent cholesterol for four weeks, and then fed them a HCD with 1 percent or 5 percent spirulina for an additional eight weeks. (17)

    After the eight-week trial was complete, LDL levels decreased by 26 percent in the group eating 1 percent of spirulina and 41 percent in the group eating 5 percent spirulina, which heavily suggests that the more we eat, the more benefits we will receive! Serum triglycerides and total cholesterol were also significantly reduced.

    7. Lowers Chance of Stroke
    In the study above, researchers also discovered that the spirulina supplementation lowered intimal aorta surface by 33 percent to 48 percent, which suggests that it can prevent atherosclerosis and subsequent stroke. (18)

    It’s important to remember that this clinical trial was conducted on animals that were still eating a HCD, and it highlights that regular spirulina consumption may literally reverse some of the damage done by eating a poor diet. You can only imagine the heart health benefits that would be experienced in those individuals who have a balanced diet!

    8. Boosts Energy
    When you look at the chemical composition of spirulina, it’s no wonder that people who regularly consume it have an abundance of energy. Dr. Mehmet Oz recommends combining 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder with 12 ounces of lime juice and freezing the mixture in ice cube trays for a healthy boost.

    According to Dr. Oz, spirulina and lime enhance energy performance because they unlock sugar from our cells and, when frozen, the cold from the ice boosts metabolic energy while giving our bodies a “wake-up call.” (19)

    It’s important to note that this has not been studied in clinical trials, although there are many anecdotal reports that spirulina may boost energy levels.

    9. Alleviates Sinus Issues
    Known as allergic rhinitis, spirulina benefits the body by reducing the inflammation that causes people to experience sinus problems, according to numerous studies. (20) Compared to placebo trials, spirulina is effective at reducing itching, nasal discharge, nasal congestion and sneezing.

    10. Offers Neuroprotection for Brain Disorders & Memory Boosting
    In a 2012 study, a spirulina-enhanced diet given to rats provided neuroprotection in an α-synuclein model of Parkinson’s disease. This did not occur with the control diet. (21) In a 2015 study, the effects of spirulina on memory dysfunction, oxidative stress damage and antioxidant enzyme activity were examined with mice. It was found that Spirulina platensis may “prevent the loss of memory possibly by lessening Aβ protein accumulation, reducing oxidative damage and mainly augmenting the catalase activity.” (22)

    While both studies are preliminary and involving animals, they hold promise for humans afflicted with Parkinson’s disease, other neurodegenerative diseases and those with memory problems.

    Spirulina History

    Mexico
    Believed to have been a staple for the Aztecs, recorded history dating to the Conquistadors confirms that spirulina cakes were regularly sold as far back as the 16th century. One of the most elaborate explanations we have from this time comes from Cortez in his book, “Conquest of Mexico.”

    They make it into cakes like bricks, which they sell, not only in the market (of Tenochtitlan) but carry it to others outside the city, and far off. They eat this as we eat cheese, and it has rather a salty taste, which is delicious with chilmolli (a pungent sauce). They say that so many birds come to the lake for this food, that often in winter some parts are covered with them.” (23)

    Referred to as “Tecuitlatl,” spirulina was a primary source of protein for the Aztecs for several hundred years and Lake Texcoco remains an abundant fountainhead of this Superfood still today.

    Lake Chad
    First mentioned by Dangeard in the 1940s, history tells us that Central Africans near Lake Chad have been cultivating spirulina since they first inhabited the region in the 9th century.

    Referred to as “die,” an article was written in 1959 highlighting this fascinating food, yet researchers confused it with chlorella. It wasn’t until a Belgian Expedition in 1969, however, that scientists finally discovered the true value of spirulina.

    Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica
    As one of the most nutritious, concentrated whole foods known to humankind, Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica provides more nutrition gram per gram than any other spirulina on the market. Just one 3-gram serving, for instance, contains:

    60 percent protein and an excellent source of vitamins A, K1, K2, B12 and iron, manganese and chromium
    A rich source of health-giving phytonutrients such as carotenoids, GLA, SOD and phycocyanin
    2800 percent more beta-carotene than carrots
    
3900 percent more iron than spinach
    600 percent more protein than tofu
    280 percent more antioxidants than blueberries

    Spirulina vs. Chlorella
    Because they are both similar microalgae species, it’s easy to understand how scientists confused spirulina with chlorella back in the 1940s. (24)

    In spite of their stark differences, people commonly mistake one for the other even today. Here are the four main differences that are important to understand:

    1. Shape

    First of all, spirulina is a spiral-shaped, multi-celled plant with no true nucleus. It’s blue-green in hue and can grow up to 100 times the size of chlorella. Comparably, chlorella is a spherical-shaped single-celled microorganism with a nucleus and is solid green.

    2. How It’s Grown

    Second, the growing conditions differ considerably. Spirulina grows best in low-alkaline conditions — particularly, fresh water lakes, ponds and rivers. It also requires an abundance of sunshine and moderate temperatures.

    Chlorella, on the other hand, grows in fresh water typically occupied by other organisms, which makes it more challenging to harvest.

    3. Preparation

    Third, the ways in which both spirulina and chlorella can be eaten are also very different. Because of its hard, indigestible cellulose wall, for instance, chlorella requires mechanical processing to make it worthwhile for human consumption. Otherwise, the body won’t be able break down and metabolize its nutrients.

    The process can be quite costly, which explains why chlorella is usually more expensive than spirulina. On the other hand, spirulina has a completely digestible cellulose wall and can be immediately consumed and digested with ease.

    4. Nutrition

    Finally, although both are considered superfoods, spirulina and chlorella differ in their nutritional content. Arguably the healthier of the two, spirulina contains more essential amino acids, iron, protein, B vitamins, and vitamins C, D and E.

    With that said, chlorella still holds an abundance of health benefits. My personal go-to, however, is spirulina.

    Spirulina Nutrition Facts

    The major reason why I prefer spirulina to chlorella? Dietary spirulina is arguably the most nutrient-dense food on the planet. It’s why I believe that taking dietary spirulina supplements is essential to good health. Taken as an average of different spirulina species, just one ounce contains the following nutritional content: (25)

    Calories: 81
    Protein: 39 grams
    Dietary fiber: 1 gram
    Sugars: 0.9 gram
    Fats:

    Total fat: 3 percent DV
    Saturated fat: 4 percent DV
    Omega-3 fatty acids: 230 milligrams
    Omega-6 fatty acids: 351 milligrams

    Minerals:

    Copper: 85 percent DV
    Iron: 44 percent DV
    Manganese: 27 percent DV
    Magnesium: 14 percent DV
    Sodium: 12 percent DV
    Potassium: 11 percent DV
    Zinc: 4 percent DV
    Phosphorus: 3 percent DV
    Calcium: 3 percent DV
    Selenium: 3 percent DV

    Vitamins:

    Riboflavin: 60 percent DV
    Thiamin: 44 percent DV
    Niacin: 18 percent DV
    Pantothenic acid: 10 percent DV
    Vitamin K: 9 percent DV
    Vitamin E: 7 percent DV
    Folate: 7 percent DV
    Vitamin B6: 5 percent DV
    Vitamin C: 5 percent DV
    Vitamin A: 3 percent DV

    Spirulina Possible Side Effects
    There are some published case reports of individuals who had autoimmune reactions after using spirulina. (26) There is a theory that this may be caused by the activation of an inflammatory agent, TNF-alpha, which could be more significant in people predisposed to autoimmune disease. However, other lab and research studies suggest that spirulina might suppress this inflammatory protein, so more research needs to be completed to determine who this may impact. (27)

    If you have an autoimmune condition, it’s a good idea to take this supplement under the supervision of your healthcare provider.

    It’s absolutely critical to make sure that the quality and purity of the spirulina that you consume is of the highest standards. Particularly, like anything that comes from the sea, be certain to only purchase blue-green algae that is free from contamination.

    According to WebMD, contaminated spirulina can cause the following: (28)

    Liver damage
    Stomach pain
    Nausea
    Vomiting
    Weakness
    Thirst
    Rapid heartbeat
    Shock and even death

    Also, some sources suggest that pregnant women and children should not consume algae. Contact your natural health care provider to confirm whether or not you should be using spirulina supplements.

    Final Thoughts
    Spirulina, a blue-green algae grown in some of the most beautiful places in the world, has been well-researched for its many potential benefits. Some of the most significant of these include:

    Detoxes heavy metals (especially arsenic)
    Eliminates candida
    Improves HIV/AIDS
    Helps prevent cancer
    Lowers blood pressure
    Reduces cholesterol
    Lowers chance of stroke
    Boosts energy
    Alleviates sinus issues

    Offers neuroprotection for brain disorders and memory boosting
    This algae has a rich history. It’s also sometimes confused with chlorella, although they have some distinct differences.

    Spirulina may cause autoimmune reactions in some who are susceptible to autoimmunity. It’s also not recommended for pregnant women or children. Be cautious where you purchase spirulina, as it may be contaminated if not bought from a high-quality source, leading to additional spirulina side effects.
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  17. #15
    Spirulina helps protect your liver and prevent diabetes – study

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019 by: Michelle Simmons

    Diabetes is a chronic disease that has become an epidemic around the world. Many people with diabetes are treated with antidiabetic drugs that come with harmful side effects. For this reason, scientists continue to search for safer and natural alternatives to treat diabetes. Researchers from the University of Sfax in Tunisia and the University of Western Brittany in France discovered that spirulina – scientifically known as Arthrospira Platensis – is beneficial to people with diabetes.

    Spirulina is a blue-green alga that is considered a superfood because of its rich nutritional content and health benefits. It is available in powder form, which can be added to smoothies, salads, or soups, or in tablet form, which can be taken as a dietary supplement.

    The researchers carried out a study using diabetic rats to examine the liver-protective, blood sugar-lowering, and antidiabetic effect of spirulina. They hypothesized that supplementation with spirulina could help treat diabetes and reduce its complications. To test their hypothesis, the researchers first treated rats with alloxan to induce diabetes. Then, they either fed the rats with a 5 percent spirulina-enriched diet or treated them with insulin every day for 21 days.

    The results of the study revealed that both spirulina and insulin treatments caused a significant reduction in fasting blood sugar and an increase in glycogen level. Treatment with spirulina also caused weight loss and improved liver toxicity indices. In addition, it reduced the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides in rats. Moreover, spirulina supplementation increased antioxidant activities in the liver. These results suggest that supplementation with spirulina reduces blood sugar levels and oxidative stress in rats with diabetes. Spirulina also proved more effective than insulin.

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    The researchers concluded that taking spirulina as a supplement is a safe and effective way to treat diabetes and prevent other health problems associated with diabetes. The study was published in the journal Nutrition Research.

    Spirulina for better blood sugar management and cardiovascular disease prevention
    An earlier study conducted by researchers from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India also found evidence that spirulina helps people with Type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels better and improve their cholesterol levels.

    For their study, the Indian researchers recruited 25 individuals with Type 2 diabetes. They then randomly divided the participants into two groups: a treatment group and a control group. The treatment group received two grams (g) of spirulina every day for two months, while the control group received a placebo. The researchers also measured the participants’ blood sugar levels, hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels, and lipid profiles before and after the treatment.

    The results showed that the participants who took spirulina supplements exhibited lower fasting blood sugar and postprandial blood sugar levels compared with those who received a placebo. They also had reduced HbA1c levels, which suggests improved blood sugar regulation.

    Supplementation with spirulina also resulted in reductions in the levels of triglycerides, total cholesterol, and LDL. At the same time, it increased the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol. All of these factors contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

    Based on these findings, it can be concluded that spirulina benefits people with Type 2 diabetes as it can help control blood sugar levels and improve cholesterol levels. (Related: Study touts spirulina as functional food for diabetes management.)

    Learn how to beat diabetes with natural treatments at DiabetesCure.news.

    Sources include:

    Science.news

    TimesNowNews.com

    FoodNavigator-Asia.com

    LiebertPub.com
    https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-05-...zen.yandex.com
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    "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."

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  18. #16
    I have started taking it recently. No effects for me yet, but I think it will work. I like taking different good supplements and vitamins, they help me stay fit and healthy. I would recommend that you have a look at those from Canadian Pharmacy Online for example. I am sure that you will like them a lot too for you, good luck!
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