Ever since the man who goes by the moniker Chronixx released a song titled Spirulina, there has been a growing wave of intrigue about this miracle plant across Jamaica.
Spirulina is not your typical ‘backyard’ plant. It is a form of blue-green algae that grows in warm, fresh water bodies and is recognised as one of the world’s most nutritionally complete superfoods.
Check out some of Spirulina’s incredible health benefits:
Spirulina strengthens the immune system. It promotes cell regeneration, helps wounds heal faster, and shortens the recovery time from illnesses. The immune-boosting properties of this food also helps the body to eliminate Candida cells.
Spirulina has been shown to help inactivate the human immunodeficiency virus associated with HIV and AIDS. As a result it is sometimes used as a complementary treatment for HIV patients.
Studies shown Spirulina to have cancer-fighting properties. Spirulina also contains a wealth of nutrients critical to the care of cancer patients.
Those with sickle-cell anemia or congenital heart defects are at greater risk for a condition called brain ischemia or cerebral ischemia. Brain ischemia refers to a lack of blood flow to your brain, which causes oxygen deprivation and can lead to a stroke. Just 10 seconds of interrupted blood flow to your brain can cause unconsciousness and lead to serious health consequences.
A study done at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology in India, found that a dosage of 180mg/kg of spirulina had a protective effect on the brain and nervous system of rats exposed to high amounts of free radicals, compared to rats not given the spirulina before the experiment.
It may help lower cholesterol. According to a study done on elderly male and female patients ages 60-87, those given eight grams of spirulina per day for 16 consecutive weeks showed lower cholesterol levels than those who were given a placebo.
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Please consult your doctor before making Spirulina a part of your diet.