Is Spirulina an alternative treatment for menopause? The evidence appears to suggest that it can help to mitigate symptoms, so you may wish to consider trying it.
High in Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)
According to the Robert Henrikson book, spirulina is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and as reported by a 2013 Malaysian & Iranian study registered with the US National Library of Medicine, (1), gamma-linolenic acid, displayed a beneficial role in the treatment of postmenopausal symptoms.
If you have postmenopausal symptoms, taking a supplement rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), may be helpful to you*. The spirulina superfood or supplement is loaded with gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).
Spirulina is also great for your skin.* And is often the “secret” ingredient in many expensive cosmetics. Studies have also found how it helps to keep your skin looking young too.* There are numerous other potential benefits that you may benefit from that we describe on our page, what is spirulina about?.
We also highlight some conditions that it may not be helpful for, primarily those related to autoimmune conditions.
Evening Primrose Oil or Spirulina?
Interestingly, a study (3) involving 56 women using evening primrose oil or a placebo, found Evening Primrose Oil had no benefit for hot flushes. They describe how a better approach for Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), is to take essential fatty acid and GLA. Spirulina is rich in fatty acid and GLA.
There is also considerable anecdotal and scientific evidence (2) that Spirulina improves energy levels. Furthermore, there is some evidence that it also helps with anxiety and depression. It has certainly given me a “boost” with my energy levels but also, somehow, I have felt a lot more optimistic and upbeat since taking spirulina for a while. We believe it can help boost your state of mind so may also be helpful to those suffering from postmenopausal symptoms that may include depression. Why not consider adding the superfood spirulina to you diet, to see if it helps to ease your symptoms?
Spirulina May Also Help PMS too
The spirulina superfood supplement is full of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). A study of clinical trials involving evening primrose oil, found that a better approach to help with PMS, is to take nutrients required for proper essential fatty acid metabolism, plus adequate essential fatty acids and GLA. Spirulina is loaded with different nutrients and is a good source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). It’s also great for losing weight!*
Incredibly, 1 gramme of Spirulina is roughly the same as consuming 1 kg of fruits and vegetables in terms of nutrients, this video from a scientist explains in more detail:
Where should I obtain my spirulina from?
Where you obtain your supplies of spirulina from is very important, to be sure the supplier is producing spirulina free of contamination. As spirulina grows, it acts like a sponge, sucking up anything in the water. So, being sure and confident about your supplier is very important.
In due course, you may wish to grow your own where you will see that we recommend you use bottled mineral or distilled water to grow your spirulina. Its very easy to do!
We explain the importance of the supplier in more detail on our; “What is spirulina about” page. Please click though to understand spirulina better, to be reassured that it’s right for you. We only support producers on this site with rigorous production and supply chain procedures.
Do you have a question about Spirulina? FAQs are here.
- (1) Supplementary Health Benefits of Linoleic Acid by Improvement of Vaginal Cornification with animals. Saadat Parhizkar1 , Latiffah A Latiff2 * 1 Medicinal Plants Research Centre, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences,Yasuj, Iran. 2 Community Health Department, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia.
- (2) Ergogenic and antioxidant effects of spirulina supplementation in humans. Institute of Human Performance and Rehabilitation, Center for Research and Technology – Thessaly, Greece.
- (3) Science Direct.
*Nothing on this website should be interpreted as personal medical advice. Always consult a qualified Doctor or health care professional before changing anything related to your healthcare.
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