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Benefits of Spirulina: Spirilina Can Help With High Blood Pressure, EPA and More

Updated on November 22, 2010

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.

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      bonfak 

      6 years ago

      ihave high blood presure and 5 kidney stone of 6mm each i want to know if this will help me

      thank waiting for your reply

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      kim 

      8 years ago

      I have taken Spirulina for seven years.It,s a miracle for dealing with mensus pain and allergic.

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      Latrelle Ross 

      9 years ago

      I love spirulina! An amazing superfood and as far as I'm concerned it's a miracle for dealing with blood sugar issues. Thanks for spreading the word :)

    • stevemark122000 profile imageAUTHOR

      stevemark122000 

      10 years ago from Southern California

      Constant Walker, I hope it works well for you.

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Steve, wanted to update you on the hay fever situation. Went to the local nutrition shop today and asked about spirulina. The owner said it is basicly a green super food and MIGHT help with hay fever buy boosting my immune system. I drink a small jar of Super Food every morning with breakfast - possibly not enough to help with hay fever. But, he recommended tablets which are placed under the tongue (says he's had great return-customer success with them), "A.Vogel, Homeopathy Pollinosan." I need relief, and didn't want to take a chance so, sorry to say, I won't be the one to let you know if spirulina helps with hay fever or not.

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      donnaleemason 

      10 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      Great info. Thanks for putting it up there.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      This sounds like a must try for sure. I have forwarded it to a friend of my who is suffering from cancer. Hope it helps her. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Definitely on my to do list ASAP. Thanks so much for the tip.

    • stevemark122000 profile imageAUTHOR

      stevemark122000 

      10 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for you comment Constant Walker. There are several different strains of blue green algae. Good health stores often have nutritionists on staff or at least people very knowledgable in nutrition. They can guide you to the best quality spurilina for your needs.

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Does anyone know what form this is?  pill, powder, drink?

      Nevermind, found it on amazon.com. Tabs.

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      Rob Jundt 

      10 years ago from Midwest USA

      I have never head of this. My two boys have seasonal allergies and the ragweed wreaks havoc on me. I might have to give this a try.

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Also, Steve. Are there different strains? What would be the best choice for hay fever?

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Steve, I'm suffering right now from hay fever. I get it every year so severa that it makes me physically ill. I saw in your report that spirulina can help with this. Is it sold in most health food/nutrition centers?

      I, like you, detest taking drugs -I only take by choice a daily vitamin and one low dose aspirin three times weekly- but I resent being forced to ingest OTC meds for hay fever. This, if it works, would be a god send.

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