What Is Spirulina?

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You may have heard of it, but what is spirulina?

Scientifically speaking, it is a one-celled organism, which belongs to the cyanobacteria family.

In simpler terms, it is a blue-green algae, which is a rich source of protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants. Specifically, B vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, copper and zinc.

Historians suggest that the use of spirulina actually goes way back.

So, is there any evidence that it’s good for us?

Well, there are a number of studies discussing the benefits of spirulina. Here are just two of them…

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Spirulina And Diabetes

One study, designed to evaluate spirulina’s effect on lipids and glucose within the blood, looked at 25 people with type 2 diabetes. They were randomly chosen to receive spirulina for a two month period.

Towards the end of the study, participants were pleasantly surprised to find a substantial lowering of their blood glucose levels.

Not only did spirulina drastically improve their state of health, it was able to significantly establish a more long-term regulation of their diabetes.

Think about that, one food having the power to create such an amazing effect on the body.

Along with these promising results, triglyceride levels were also significantly lowered within the same study.

With cardiovascular disease being a mass killer today, this seems like something everybody should want to incorporate into their diet.

Spirulina And Kidney Damage

A second study investigated the nephroprotective (kidney protective) role of spirulina, against CsA-induced nephrotoxicity in rats.

In other words, the study aimed to see how effective spirulina was in rats who had been infected with cyclosporine.

Researchers found that pretreatment with spirulina safeguarded the rats from kidney damage.

This study further demonstrates that the antioxidant nature of spirulina is real, and extremely effective, in protecting against oxidative stress.

Sounds like a pretty awesome food to us!

It’s important to understand that within nature, there are foods and substances which parallel western medicine, and can combat disease successfully.

Finding these foods, and implementing them into our diets, is important for long-term good health.

Be well and stay healthy!

Melanie Adds…

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Spirulina is available to purchase as powder, crystal flakes, or tablets from most health food store.

The flakes are probably the easiest way to add spirulina to your meals, since they can be sprinkled into smoothies, or onto salads, pasta, or even popcorn.

They can also be blended into dips, soups and sauces.

Have you tried spirulina? What did you think of it?

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gwenda November 30, 2011 at 10:24 am

my favourite way to have spirulina (powder)is to mix it into an apple cider vinegar and honey drink -along with some chia seeds – it is a great pick me up when the energy levels start to fall

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Melanie December 2, 2011 at 10:37 am

Thanks for sharing that idea, Gwenda. I’ve had apple cider vinegar and honey before, but not with the chia seeds and spirulina.

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Agaricus Blazei Murill February 8, 2012 at 2:57 am

Hello,

I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your site and this post. You make some very informative points.Keep up the great work!

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Melanie March 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Thank you!

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Rhonda May 30, 2013 at 11:15 am

I was just wondering if you can take this while on dialysis and on warfarin??

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