Therapeutic Benefits of Spirulina
Spirulina is attracting attention from scientists not only as a nutritional supplement but also as a potential pharmaceutical source. More research is needed, but there have been some promising results concerning Spirulina’s ability to inhibit viral replication and to boost the immune system. It has been found to be of great benefit as a nutritional supplement in a piece of empirical research involving young women in Shimla.
Research projects have also been conducted into the possible uses of Spirulina in AIDS, cancer treatment, cancer prevention, general health improvement, cholesterol reduction, diabetes and hypertension reduction, kidney and liver detoxification, malnutrition recovery, obesity and skin complaints.
In addition, the research evidence indicates that Spirulina may be beneficial in the prevention of bacterial or parasitic infections and may help in wound healing. It is a natural source of antioxidants and contains antimicrobial compounds.
- Spirulina is widely regarded as a ‘neutraceutical’. That is a health supplement that provides the body with the wherewithal to prevent ill health or to heal itself. For example, Research into the AIDS pandemic indicates that the likelihood of an infected mother passing HIV onto her unborn child is related to vitamin A deficiency. Foods like Spirulina, which are rich in beta carotene, could prove of great benefit, therefore, in the fight against HIV AIDS, as Beta carotene and cryptoxanthin together can be converted to vitamin A in mammals as and when needed, without the danger of vitamin A ‘overdose’.
- Spirulina extract has been found in empirical studies to reduce viral replication in the following viruses; HIV-1,Herpes Simplex, Influenza A, Mumps, Measles. Studies were conducted in a test tube, but results indicate further research using animal and human subjects could be of great interest.
There are many other examples of research carried out, largely on animals or in vitro, pointing to a wide variety of potential pharmaceutical uses of Spirulina. However, much more work is needed, particularly on human subjects before a complete picture emerges about Spirulina’s candidacy as a ‘wonder drug’.
As a natural food health supplement, however, there seems to be little doubt that Spirulina is packed full of really useful constituents and the evidence indicates, it could certainly help improve certain pathological conditions, and may even be of greater benefit in some of the modern world’s killer diseases.
- Spirulina Microalgae.
- An empirical study of the impact of Spirulina as a nutritional supplement on dietary intake and Health Status of adolescent girls of Shimla http://www.esocialsciences.com/data/eSSResearchPapers/eSSWPArticle200853215123.doc
- Effects on the AIDS Virus, Cancer and the Immune System.
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