Heart Health Benefits of Spirulina Proven by New Research
The health benefits of spirulina range from immune-boosting and stress-fighting to detoxifying and energizing. These benefits can be attributed to spirulina’s incredible nutritional profile. And recent research has shown that supplementing daily with spirulina, a type of blue-green algae or cyanobacteria, may reduce high cholesterol and hypertension—factors associated with heart disease. (Torres-Duran PV, Ferreira-Hermosillo A, Juarez-Oropeza MA. Lipids Health Dis. 2007 Nov 26;6:33.)
After six weeks of supplementing with spirulina, subjects saw significant improvement in their LDL (bad) cholesterol levels as well as reduced blood pressure—without making changes to their diets or lifestyles.
The Anti-Aging Bottom Line: Spirulina is available as a dietary supplement, in tablets, capsules and often as an ingredient in superfood greens powders. Its high nutrient-density ranks it among the top superfoods in the world. And, as this and other studies have shown, spirulina has notable health benefits.
Article updated on: September 24th, 2008