Detoxes Heavy Metals (especially Arsenic)
Affecting people all over the globe, chronic arsenic toxicity is a problem.
According to the World Health
Organization, the United States is one of the countries affected by
inorganic arsenic that is naturally present at high levels.
is an even bigger problem in the Far East. In the words of
Bangladeshi researchers, “Millions of people in Bangladesh, India, Taiwan and
Chile are consuming high concentration of arsenic through drinking water, and
thousands of them have already developed chronic arsenic poisoning.”
In fact, up to 3%
of the entire nation of Bangladesh showed clinical signs of arsenic
poisoning alone! As Bangladeshi researchers pointed out, “there is no specific
treatment” for arsenic poisoning, which is why they evaluated alternatives like
After giving 24
patients affected by chronic arsenic poisoning spirulina extract (250 mg) plus
zinc (2 mg) twice daily, they compared the results with 17 patients who took a
placebo and found that the spirulina-zinc combination worked wonderfully.
Ultimately, the participants experienced a 47% decrease of arsenic in their
until recently, epidemiologists have been puzzled trying to understand why
people in Japan, Korea and Chad have relatively low HIV/AIDS rates. One
possible explanation, revealed in a 2012 study published in the Journal of
Applied Phycology, may be the amount of algae people in these areas regularly
took 11 HIV patients who have never taken antiretrovirals, they split the
participants into three groups: one that was assigned to eat 5 g of brown
seaweed every day, one that was to eat 5 g of spirulina, and one that ate a
combination of both. After the three-month trial period was complete, two key
findings were discovered:
no adverse effects were experienced from both seaweed varieties and the
cells (T-helper white blood cells that fight infection and are used to
stage HIV) and HIV-1 viral load (another HIV
bio-marker) remained stable.
The results were so
promising that one participant volunteered to continue the study for an
additional 10 months, and this participant actually benefited from
“clinically significant improvement in CD4 and decreased HIV viral load”!
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.”
This doesn’t come
as a surprise as more than 70 peer-reviewed articles have been published in the
scientific literature evaluating spirulina’s ability to effect cancer cells!
In an article
published this past April, Czech Republic scientists pointed out that, in
addition to its ability to control blood cholesterol levels, “Spirulina is also
rich in tetrapyrrolic compounds closely related to bilirubin molecule, a potent
antioxidant and anti- proliferative agent.”
When tested on
human pancreatic cells, these researchers discovered that, “Compared to
untreated cells, experimental therapeutics significantly decreased
proliferation of human pancreatic cancer cell lines in vitro in a dose-dependent
manner.” Essentially, this proves that consuming spirulina can help
prevent developing various cancers!
· Lowers Blood Pressure
is a pigment found in the spirulina that scientists have discovered possesses
anti-hypertensive effects (it lowers blood pressure). Japanese researchers claim
that this is because consuming the blue-green algae reverses endothelial
dysfunction in metabolic syndrome.
I find this
extremely promising for Americans because metabolic syndrome has rapidly become
one of the main causes of preventable disease today, as it raises one’s risk of
developing heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
those same lines,spirulina benefits have also been shown to prevent
atherosclerosis and reduce elevated blood cholesterol levels.
A recent animal
study published in The Journal of Nutritional Science and
Vitaminology took rabbits, fed them a high cholesterol diet (HCD)
containing 0.5% cholesterol for four weeks, and then fed them a HCD with 1% or
5% spirulina for an additional eight weeks.
eight-week trial was complete, LDL levels decreased by 26% in the group eating
1% of spirulina and 41% in the group eating 5% spirulina, which heavily
suggests that the more we eat the more benefits we will receive! Serum
triglycerides and total cholesterol were also significantly reduced.
Chance of Stroke
In the study above,
researchers also discovered that the spirulina supplementation lowered intimal
aorta surface by 33% to 48%, which suggests that it can prevent atherosclerosis
and subsequent stroke.
It’s important to
remember that this clinical trial was conducted on animals that were still
eating a HCD, and it highlights that regular spirulina consumption can literally
reverse the damage done by eating a poor diet. You can only imagine the heart
health benefits that would be experienced in those individuals who have a
you look at the chemical composition of spirulina, it’s no wonder that people
who regularly consume it have an abundance of energy. Dr.Oz
recommends combining 1 tsp spirulina powder with 12 oz lime juice and freezing
the mixture in ice cube trays for a healthy boost.
According to Dr.
Oz, spirulina and lime enhance energy performance because they unlock sugar
from our cells and, when frozen, the cold from the ice boosts metabolic energy
while giving our bodies a “wake-up call.”
Up Weight Loss
high in nutrient-dense protein-rich foods like spirulina promote weight loss
and low-fat stores through a variety of mechanisms. Because it takes more
energy to metabolize, for example, eating protein helps maintain lean tissue
and contributes to fat burning.
It can also curb
hunger and overweight people seem to benefit the most to maximize this benefit,
try eating your high protein spirulina in the morning or during midday instead
of at night.