Fighting Cancer With Nutrients

cancer

Spirulina is richly supplied with the blue pigment phycocyanin, a biliprotein which has been shown to inhibit cancer-colony formation.

The high levels of chlorophyll in spirulina may explain its ability to stop cancer colonies from forming. Foods and herbs that contain high levels of chlorophyll show pharmacological evidence of cancer prevention.

If cancer cells are stopped before they can form colonies, your body’s naturally occurring cancer cells won’t be able to run amok and develop into symptomatic cancer.

Spirulina has been shown to treat a type of oral cancer called OSMF (oral submucous fibrosis).

Scientific references:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
pubmed/19432881

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/
articles/PMC2695150/

Boosting the Immune System

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A recent University of California/Davis study, focused on 40 seniors, mean age 63 years, who took 6 tablets of 500mg spirulina daily for 12 weeks. The team measured immune function via complete blood cell (CBC) counts and indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) enzyme activity, with results showing that over half of all participants receiving spirulina had higher IDO activity after 6 and 12 weeks. In particular, this effect was striking in men, with over 75% of study subjects manifesting the benefit.

Further, spirulina was associated with a steady increase in corpuscular hemoglobin, thereby aiding to “ameliorate anemia and immunosenescence in older subjects.”

References:
http://www.nature.com/cmi/journal/v8/n3/abs/cmi201076a.html

Managing Blood Sugar

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Researchers have found evidence that spirulina can help type 2 diabetes patients manage their blood sugar levels, among other benefits.

What the researchers found is that those with type 2 diabetes who took spirulina for two months had improved blood sugar and lipid profiles. The researchers concluded that “these findings suggest the beneficial effect of spirulina supplementation in controlling blood glucose levels and in improving the lipid profile of subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus.”

In some cases, it has outperformed popular diabetes drugs, including Metformin.

References:
http://www.foodnavigator-asia.com/Formulation/Spirulina-can-better-manage-blood-sugar-in-diabetes-patients

Increasing Muscle Strength and Endurance

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Studies have found that spriulina is effective in increasing isometric muscle strength and endurance.

Spirulina provides a high concentration of protein in the form of essential amino acids for muscle, health and cellular growth. It’s more forty nutrients ensure complete nutritional health, and its natural nitric oxide provides immediate and enduring physical and mental energy.

Iron is an essential part of our red blood cells, which transport oxygen around the body and helps produce energy in our muscles. Active people deplete iron stores quickly. Spirulina can help restore iron in the body.
References:
http://journals.sfu.ca/ijmbs/
index.php/ijmbs/article/viewArticle/51

Treating Allergic Rhinitis

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With one out of every five Americans suffering from Allergic rhinitis, spirulina could be an important alternative for treatment. Allergic rhinitis is a reaction that happens when your immune system overreacts to substances that you have inhaled, such as pollen. The two types of allergic rhinitis are seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and perennial allergic rhinitis, which occurs year-round. Hay fever is caused by outdoor allergens. Perennial allergic rhinitis is caused by indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold.

Preliminary test tube and animal studies suggest that spirulina may help protect against harmful allergic reactions. Spirulina stops the release of histamine, which contribute to symptoms of allergic rhinitis. With one out of every five Americans suffering from Allergic rhinitis, spirulina could be an important alternative for treatment.

Reference:
http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/
condition/allergic-rhinitis

Protecting Your Liver

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The accumulation of fats in your liver is closely associated with metabolic syndrome and strongly raises your risk for dying from cardiovascular disease. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of chronic liver disease in North America and notoriously difficult to treat, at least with traditional medical measures.

Animal studies suggest spirulina can protect your liver, probably as a result of its high antioxidant properties and its ability to synthesize or release nitric oxide. Studies show that spirulina does the following for your liver:

Prevents the buildup of triglycerides in your liver
Inhibits lipid peroxidation
Reduces liver inflammation
Protects your liver from damage by heavy metals, like lead and mercury

Lowering the Risk of Stroke

stroke

The third leading cause of death in the U.S. is stroke. Diets high in antioxidants have been shown to lower your risk for stroke. Studies have shown that Spirulina reduces platelet aggregation, which plays an important role in vascular diseases by reducing the risk of thromboembolism.

In another study, three antioxidant-rich diets (blueberries, spinach, and spirulina) were compared for their neuroprotective effects. Spirulina was found to have the highest neuroprotective effect, possibly due to its ability to squelch free radicals and reduce inflammation.

And in an Oregon State University study of rats that had induced strokes, the group fed spirulina showed brains lesions that were 75 percent smaller than those in control groups.

References:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16190625
http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=922436

Preventing Blindness

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As the population ages, the prevalence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is on the rise. ARMD is the deterioration of your macula (the region in your eye that controls acute vision), which typically occurs later in life. ARMD is the leading cause of blindness today.

Your eyes’ macular membranes contain several carotenoid pigments called xanthophylls – lutein, zeaxanthin, and possibly astaxanthin, if you’re getting it as part of your diet. These special pigments help protect your eyes from damage by slowing down ultraviolet-induced oxidation of lipid membranes, thereby helping prevent degeneration of your macula.

Additionally, xanthophylls may be effective in preventing cataracts. Spirulina provides 3,750 to 6,000 mcg zeaxanthin per serving size (3 grams).

References:
http://patient.info/health/age-related-macular-degeneration-leaflet