Spirulina, a blue-green alga has been proven to do a lot of good for overall health, as well as for fighting off diseases and symptoms.
In this article, we’ll be exploring what spirulina is, how it can help you and how to take it safely for optimal benefits.
Spirulina Health Benefits Video
In the above video, Dr. Josh Axe explains the effect Spirulina can have on your health. A renowned natural-health doctor, Dr. Axe takes the green stuff himself every day as a natural probiotic.
In this video, he goes into detail about how spirulina is grown, its benefits and how best to use it. Click play above to watch.
Spirulina Health Benefits
The infographic above from Dr. Axe’s website shows all the top benefits your body can experience from taking spirulina. As more and more research is being put into the spirulina algae, we’re learning so much about how it can benefit your body.
Spirulina is actually more than an alga, it’s actually called cyanobacteria, which acts as a natural probiotic.
It’s often an ingredient in green superfood vitamins or smoothie mixes, and it grows mostly in Mexico, many places in Africa and Hawaii.
In fact, the purest form of Spirulina that is best for your body is currently grown in Hawaii. Here are all of the benefits your body can experience from taking a daily dose of Spirulina:
Detoxes Heavy Metals
Chronic arsenic poisoning doesn’t sound like something an average person could get, but this illness is more common than you think. This occurs in areas where drinking water is laced with discarded arsenic. Studies have shown that taking Spirulina extract and zinc together can drain the body of heavy metals like arsenic by up to 47%. Now that’s impressive in anyone’s language.
The surge in candida-related illness has been alarming over the past decade and much of it is related to our high-sugar, processed food diets. Spirulina has has been a shining light here too, as an effective antimicrobial agent, promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract and eliminating the overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria like Candida.
Slowing & Improving HIV/AIDS
A study of 11 HIV patients showed that those consuming 5 grams of Spirulina and 5 grams of alga per day stabilized the spread of the disease in their bodies after 3 months. After 10 months, an actual improvement was seen in one volunteer participant who decided to continue the study.
A number of animal studies have shown that spirulina increases the presence of antibodies and immunity-boosting cells in the body. It also appeared in one study that Spirulina actually helped improve the body’s ability to fight off existing cancer cells.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Thanks to the presence of a pigment called Phycocyanin in Spirulina, it can help lower blood pressure naturally. This same substance can also help reverse the effects of metabolic syndrome, preventing it from turning into heart disease, diabetes or even help prevent strokes.
Just as Spirulina can help with lowering blood pressure, the same substance had been shown to lower high cholesterol blood levels and prevent plaque buildup in the arteries.
Reduces Risk Of Stroke
Spirulina has also been proven to lower the risk of stroke in rabbits who were fed 5 percent Spirulina in their diets over 12 weeks. In fact, during this period they were even fed a high cholesterol diet, and improvement as much as a 48% reduced risk was seen.
According to Dr. Oz, Spirulina mixed with lime is one heck of a great drink! Combined they pack a powerful punch that can actually unlock sugar from our cells.
Weight Loss Increase
Metabolizing Spirulina burns up a lot internal energy, and can help you burn fat and build lean muscle. The high protein content in Spirulina can also help curb hunger and cravings, making it a great addition to any healthy Smoothie.
Helps Sinus Issues
Spirulina can actually reduce sinus inflammation that leads to itching, nasal congestion, nasal discharge, and sneezing.
Spirulina Smoothie Recipe
We think it would be a great way to get in some of your blue-green plants and you can get creative and mix up your own!
Spirulina Smoothie Mix Recipes
Here is another great guide for making Spirulina Smoothies for a post-workout boost, a green smoothie and a gut health version. You can read the full post by bloggers Alexa and Jennifer at One Sonic Bite and be sure to read our Post that’s full of ways to drop a dress size.