The ocean is a vast resource of untapped treasure.
In recent years we’ve discovered that a blue-green type of algae that grows in ocean waters across may be one of the most potent healing agents in the world.
It’s called Spirulina.
No doubt you’ve heard of it, as it’s heralded as a modern day superfood.
But just how healthy is Spirulina (really?)
Let’s review 3 of its most well-documented uses
3 Reasons To Take Spirulina
1 – May Improve Cholesterol Levels: If you want to keep your heart healthy, one of the best things you can do is improve your cholesterol levels.
Spirulina has the documented power to keep cholesterol levels in the healthy range.
In a 2016 review of multiple studies, researchers concluded that taking spirulina had a positive impact on blood lipids (fats in the blood). In that study, it was shown that taking spirulina didn’t just help reduce bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) it also boosted levels of good cholesterol (HDL).
This study was a follow up to a study published in 2013 where researchers observed taking 1 g of spirulina daily helped to bring down people’s total cholesterol after 3 months.
2 – Can Help You Manage Your Weight:
Spirulina could be a secret ingredient in healthy weight management.
“Taking spirulina may help boost a person’s metabolism. A higher metabolic rate may make a person feel as if they have more energy. It may also increase the number of calories they burn each day, which may aid weight loss.
In a small-scale 2014 study, people who took 6 g of spirulina a day experienced beneficial metabolic effects, alongside weight loss and better health-related quality of life.”
The people in this study had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and so more research is needed to see if spirulina may boost metabolism in others without this condition.
3 – Could Help Moderate Diabetes Issues:
Spirulina could help adjust blood sugar levels which may help to improve the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
A recent study in early 2018 showed that taking spirulina could help to lower a person’s fasting blood glucose levels. Typically, those who suffer from type 1 and 2 diabetes have high levels of fasting blood sugar. The operating theory is if spirulina could lower fasting blood glucose levels with some consistency then taking spirulina may be a worthwhile treatment for diabetes.
A similar study in rats came to a similar conclusion. In that study they gave the rats (who had type 1 diabetes) spirulina orally. At the end of the study they discovered spirulina helped to lower the rats’ blood sugar, improved their insulin levels and also improved their enzyme markers.
They concluded that spirulina has unique antioxidant power which may be what helps give it the blood sugar regulating effects.