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Can This “Superfood” Really Trick Fat Cells?

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A recent study published in The Journal of Nutrition shows evidence that spirulina, a type of algae, possesses not only cell killing properties that may help us on our search for the cure for cancer, but also the ability to regulate the creation of fat cells.

To add to spirulina’s laundry list of healthy qualities, previous articles show it could be promising in reducing high cholesterol, functioning as an effective immune booster, enhancing natural, long-lasting energy, and more.

Spirulina and Weight Loss

Researchers evaluated a compound in spirulina called siphonaxathin for its potential use as an anti-obesity solution on diabetic mice. By checking body weight, visceral fat weight and genes involved in the metabolism of lipids this study found spirulina has major health benefits.

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Siphonaxathin significantly suppressed lipid accumulation by 29% at the lower dosage and 43% at a double dosage. Researchers also found that the oral dosages of of siphonaxathin significantly reduced the total weight of white adipose tissue and reduced creation of fat cells. Spirulina has also been used in previous studies whose results have shown that it has potent capabilities at reducing liver fat. The bottom line? Spirulina in mice showed positive changes when it comes to reducing body fat.

Learn all about spirulina’s incredible health benefits in our article Why I Take Spirulina Every Day + 8 Reasons You Should Too.


Carlene Thomas RD,LD is a registered dietitian nutritionist who specializes in weight loss and wellness. She provides nutrition guidance to the public in a variety of ways including corporate wellness, private clients and contributes an expert nutrition voice to a variety of media.


 

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