Spirulina, a blue-green algae commonly found in powdered, supplement form, is one of the stars of this class—and one that you may have unknowingly consumed. It’s commonly added to green drinks, energy bars and supplement blends, and science supports its surge in popularity.
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.
Numerous scientific studies have also demonstrated spirulina’s ability to fight against the growth and spread of cancer that already exists. A 2014 in vitro study showed that spirulina may be able to stop the proliferation of prostate cancer.
Cholesterol Reduction & Prevention of Atherosclerosis
A recent study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture looked at the effects of spirulina on 52 adults ranging in age from 37 to 61 who were recently diagnosed with high cholesterol. The study participants took one gram of spirulina each day for a total of 12 weeks, and also provided fasting blood samples at the beginning and end of the study. After three months, researchers found that the participants’ average levels of triglycerides, total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol all significantly decreased.
Lower Blood Pressure
In addition to lowering cholesterol levels, spirulina has also been shown to significantly improve blood pressure. The algae contains a pigment called phycocyanin and, using animal subjects, scientists have discovered that phycocyanin possesses antihypertensive effects, which means, essentially, that it helps to lower blood pressure.
Encourage Weight Loss
Researchers have shown that higher-protein meals can help overweight and obese people burn more fat. They found that overweight men and women burned more post-meal fat when they ate a high-protein breakfast and lunch than when they had lower-protein meals. To maximize the pound-shedding potential of spirulina, try adding this protein-packed superfood to your morning’s breakfast or your midday snack, rather than having it in the evening.
A yeast-free candida diet is one of the best ways to reduce and eliminate candida symptoms—and the addition of spirulina to an anti-candida diet can help even more! Multiple animal studies have shown that spirulina is an effective antimicrobial agent, particularly for candida. Specifically, spirulina has been shown to promote the growth of healthy bacterial flora in the intestines, which in turn inhibits candida from overgrowing and thriving in your body. Additionally, the immune-strengthening properties of spirulina will also help the body to eliminate candida.