Spirulina is a human and animal food or nutritional supplement made primarily from two species of cyanobacteria: Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima. It is cultivated worldwide; used as a dietary supplement as well as a whole food; and is also available in tablet, flake and powder form. Spirulina is considered a superfood due to its exceptional nutritional content. It has a high protein, iron, and other mineral content which is absorbed when taken orally and is being researched for it's potential effects on the immune system, inflammation, and viral infections. Preliminary evidence suggests spirulina is remarkably potent at protecting the brain, improving lipid and glucose metabolism, while also reducing liver fat, and protecting the heart. Animal studies are very promising as well, as spirulina has been shown to be of similar potency as commonly used reference drugs, when it comes to neurological disorders. These effects also extend to arthritis and immunology. Spirulina, in general, can protect cells from death via its anti-oxidative properties if the death to the cell was caused by oxidative means; general anti-oxidant properties. In a comparative study against Vitamin C, it was noted that Spirulina was able to reduce free-radical induced death by 2-5 fold, but was less effective than vitamin C at the same concentrations tested (125, 250mcg/mL).
Spirulina has a few active components. The main ingredient is called phycocyanobilin, which makes up about 1% of spirulina. This compound mimics the body’s bilirubin compound, in order to inhibit an enzyme complex called Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide Phosphate (NADPH) oxidase. By inhibiting NADPH oxidase, spirulina provides potent anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects. It is used as a source of dietary protein, B-vitamins, and iron. It is also used for weight loss, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, hayfever, diabetes, stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and premenstrual syndrome, and other women’s health issues. Some people use it for treating precancerous growths inside the mouth, boosting the immune system, improving memory, increasing energy and metabolism, lowering cholesterol, preventing heart disease, healing wounds, and improving digestion and bowel health.
A standard dose of spirulina is between 1-3g. Doses up to 10g have been used in studies effectively. Further research is needed to determine whether spirulina should be taken once a day, or in smaller doses, multiple times per day. Due to very high Vitamin K content, patients undergoing anticoagulant treatments should not change consumption patterns of spirulina without seeking medical advice to adjust the level of medication accordingly.
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