Quantifying the effects of spirulina supplementation on plasma lipid and glucose concentrations, body weight, and blood pressure, published in November issue of: Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy Dovepress, This article is an incredible validation of my love, support and indeed, my daily consumption of Spirulina.
Spirulina is a single-celled blue/green alga that thrives on sunshine and fresh water.
I quote Dr. J. Mercola, OD, an author of Fat for Fuel book, “Spirulina – In My Opinion, Nature’s Nearly ‘Perfect’ Whole Food”
The perfect source of protein
Spirulina is a source of perfect and complete protein, containing the array of all essential and amino acids.
It is rich in minerals, like magnesium, calcium, selenium and provides essential fatty acids, like gamma-linoleic acid to support heart and join health. Spirulina is also rich in one of my favorite antioxidants: SOD (super oxide dismutase).
Spirulina helps to optimize our immune response, microgut. It helps with heavy metal detoxification and many more health benefits.
Spirulina’s deep green color is due to presence of phycocyanin, another very potent antioxidant.
A must-have superfood
So, in summary, I hope that your will consider including this amazing and beautiful superfood into your food armamentarium.
From my heart and from my table to yours,
Here is an abstract of the above mentioned paper:
Purpose: Spirulina is generally used as a nutraceutical food supplement due to its nutrient profile, lack of toxicity, and therapeutic effects. Clinical trials have investigated the influence of spirulina on metabolic-related risk factors but have yielded conflicting results in humans. Here, we summarize the evidence of the effects of spirulina on serum lipid profile, glucose management, BP, and body weight by conducting a meta-analysis.
Materials and methods: Relevant studies were retrieved by systematic search of MEDLINE, EMBASE, Scopus databases, and reference lists of relevant original studies from inception to July 2018. Data were extracted following a standardized protocol. Two investigators independently extracted study characteristics, outcomes measures, and appraised methodological quality. Effect sizes were performed using a random-effects model, with weighted mean differences (WMDs) and 95% CIs between the means for the spirulina intervention and control arms. Subgroup analyses were conducted to explore the possible influences of study characteristics. Publication bias and sensitivity analysis were also performed.
Results: A total of 1,868 records were identified of which 12 trials with 14 arms were eligible. The amount of spirulina ranged from 1 to 19 g/d, and intervention durations ranged from 2 to 48 weeks. Overall, data synthesis showed that spirulina supplements significantly lowered total cholesterol (WMD = –36.60 mg/dL; 95% CI: −51.87 to –21.33; P=0.0001), low-density lipopro- tein cholesterol (WMD = –33.16 mg/dL; 95% CI: −50.52 to –15.75; P=0.0002), triglycerides (WMD = –39.20 mg/dL; 95% CI: −52.71 to –25.69; P=0.0001), very-low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (WMD = –8.02 mg/dL; 95% CI: −8.77 to –7.26; P=0.0001), fasting blood glucose (WMD = –5.01 mg/dL; 95% CI: −9.78 to –0.24; P=0.04), and DBP (WMD = –7.17 mmHg; 95% CI: −8.57 to –5.78; P=0.001). These findings remained stable in the sensitivity analysis, and no obvious publication bias was detected.
Conclusion: Our findings provide substantial evidence that spirulina supplementation has favorable effect on select cardiovascular and metabolic biomarkers in humans, including lipid, glucose, and DBP management.
Keywords: blood pressure, body weight, blood glucose, CVD, lipid, spirulina