Spirulina is amazing in a way that can provide us with many nutritional benefits, while contributing very few calories to our bodies. In the coming week, we will be discovering reasons why spirulina is considered as superfood by many.
- Allergy reduction
A majority of people in Hong Kong suffer from seasonal allergies, which could cause sneezing, itchy eyes and nose...etc. These symptoms indeed create much discomfort. While some people may take over-the-counter medicines to help relieve the condition, spirulina may be an alternative! Researches have shown that it helps reduce allergic rhinitis symptoms by reducing the sensitivity of cells’ response to allergens. As a result, your body would not react as much to the change of atmosphere and environment.
- Antioxidant Power
Did you know that the pigments that give a fruit or vegetables color are actually antioxidants! Nutrition can sometimes be confusing since some essentials nutrients, like potassium and magnesium are not always visible. However, the color green that spirulina naturally has contain compounds, such as chlorophyll, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. These are all antioxidants that can neutralize cell oxidation damage caused by free radicals. In other words, spirulina can reduce risks of development cancers and cardiovascular diseases.
There are two types of diabetes; type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is inherited, in which the body fails to make insulin or insufficient insulin is made. Type 2 diabetes is now the leading cause to heart diseases, strokes and kidney diseases. Both cases would result in inability to regulate blood sugar level internally. Health management is important for those who need further assistance on monitoring blood sugar. Spirulina may be a good help! It is more helpful to people with Type 2 diabetes since it can prevent complications related to uncontrolled diabetes, like diabetic kidney diseases.
- Detoxify the Body
Hong Kong is blessed with a safe drinking water source. However, it is still possible to have slight intake of heavy metal unintentionally through diet. For instance, when we are eating seafood imported from elsewhere, the water quality cannot be guaranteed. Although seafood should be cooked thoroughly, those heavy metals that are inside the body will still be ingested by human. Spirulina helps our body to detoxify by bringing heavy metals out of the system, preventing accumulation of toxins.
One of the major and obvious reasons why spirulina is considered as superfood is it contains a lot of antioxidants, as found in other fruits and vegetables. As often as we hear it, high intake of fruits and vegetables can lead to a healthier life. However, it is not always the case in most people’s diet. There are studies that show spirulina can help prevent certain types of cancer, including lung, liver and colon. This is due to a major antioxidant found in spirulina, phycocyanin as it could decrease the growth of cancer cells. Although more researches need to be done, it has positive results from experimental studies.
- Protection from Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy
If you or your loved ones unfortunately are diagnosed with cancer, and courses of radiation or chemotherapy are needed as treatment. Spirulina may be one of the supplements that could help relieve side-effects. Both treatments are designed to kill cancer cells. However, healthy cells are also killed in the process, causing a lot of side-effects, like vomiting, skin rash, and change of taste. Studies have shown that spirulina could help protect healthy cells from the toxic effect of chemotherapy. In other words, not only will cancer cells be eliminated, healthy cells are able to maintain in the body as well.
Disclamer: please consult with you doctor before using spirulina as supplement.