Benefits of Spirulina: Spirilina Can Help With High Blood Pressure, EPA and More
I became interested in nutrition over twenty years ago when I first heard that it is one of the best defences against all sickness and disease. As a child I was often sick with colds and flues and I was constantly suffering from allergies. I would go to the doctor once a week for allergy shots, and take antihystimenes on a regular basis.
This was an ongoing problem for years because these drugs were only able to mask the problems, not correct them. When I became an adult I began to question the treatments of conventional medicine. I struggled with the idea that I would have to live with my immune system and use the appropriete medicines as needed.
In my late twenties I was hit with the worst flue I had ever known. I seriously wondered if I would ever recover. I had had more than my share of antibiotics in the past, and knowing how they destroy the intestinal flora I became relunctant to using them.
I decided I was going to fight this without them. After about 3 weeks of taking all types of over the counter medications and having no recognizable results, I decided to try something recommended to by a friend. It was a blue green algae called spirulina. After taking the algae for a few days I saw almost miraculous results. I was 75% better.
Spirulina is cultivated around the world and is used as a whole food as well as a dietary supplement. Nearly all cultivated spirulina is produced in open-channel raceway ponds. The largest commercial producers are located in the U.S.A. Thailand, China, Taiwan and Burma.
Nutrients found in Spirulina
Spirulina is very high in protein, having between 55% to 77% when dry, depending on the source. It is superior to all standard plant proteins because it is a complete protein containing all the amino acids. It is rich in essential fatty acids including gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and also provides alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), linoleic acid (LA), stearidonic acid (SDA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and arachidonic acid.
Spirulina contains a number of vitamins: B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamide), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E and B12. It is rich in potassium, and also contains calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, and zinc.
It also contains many pigments including chlorophyll-a, xanthophyll, beta-carotene, echinenone, myxoxanthophyll, zeaxanthin, canthaxanthin, diatoxanthin, 3'-hydroxyechinenone, beta-cryptoxanthin, oscillaxanthin, plus the phycobiliproteins c-phycocyanin and allophycocyanin
Health and Healing Effects of Spirulina
Research has found that Spirulina helps prevent heart damage caused by chemotherapy and does not interfere with the chemotherapy. Test have shown that it reduces the severity of strokes and improves the recovery of movement after the stroke. It improves memory and learning and prevents and treatshay fever. Spirulina is used effectively in Detox formulations.
A 2007 study involving 36 volunteers taking 4.5 grams of spirulina per day, over a six week period, displayed significant changes in cholesterol and blood pressure: (1) lowered total cholesterol; (2) increased HDL cholesterol; (3) lowered triglycerides; and (4) lowered systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
If you have never tried spirulina I highly recommend it. Remember that nutritional supplements don't work as quickly as traditional medicines. So you will need to be patient. Depending on what you are using it for will determine how long it takes to see results. Some things, like my flue can take a few day, other more serious conditions can take several months to see results.