Could spirulina be an alternative treatment sciatica? A Study suggests it might help. Sciatica sufferers may wish to consider how this super food might be added to their diet to potentially support the mitigation of sciatica symptoms*.
We have been researching the evidence for this and this is what we have found:
An 2018 animal study (1) undertaken in Semnan University, highlighted how spirulina can have a palliative effect in easing pain caused by sciatica. There do not currently appear to be any other studies specifically related to spirulina and sciatica. So, beyond this study (1) we have looked at how spirulina could possibly help in terms of being an anti-inflammatory. There is far more evidence for this.
Anti-inflammatory Properties – Studies
A German study (3) highlighted the high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential. Clinical studies (2) have also been undertaken and demonstrated the anti-inflammatory activity of Spirulina. One of these involved 26 elderly women and in another with 78 men and women.
So Is It An Alternative Treatment for Sciatica?
As always with these studies there were calls for further studies, but it would certainly appear that the Spirulina super food might be worth trying if you suffer from sciatica. And you could potentially benefit from the many other aspects of spirulina that we ourselves have discovered. But as we always say, we recommend you do this under the guidance of your Doctor or Health Professional. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a question below. Your email address will not appear on the page, just your first name.
History of Spirulina
The history of spirulina goes back to the very beginning of our planet. Discover its origin and history on the page, “What is spirulina about?”. You may also wish to check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Choosing the right Spirulina for you
Feel from to contact us, if you have any questions, by leaving us a comment on our page, and we will try to answer you or signpost you to other resources.
Can Everybody Take Spirulina?
A small percentage of people have nut, strawberry and seafood allergies. But most people have no difficulties taking spirulina although some people complain about the taste. For that reason, we prefer to take the supplements, but you can also add powdered spirulina to smoothies and cooked food. To understand spirulina, why not explore what other conditions, the spirulina super food might be helpful to you for. See our page, “What is Spirulina About”? for details or check our FAQs.
If you have a serious existing condition we advise you to check with your Doctor before taking it.*
*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. *Please see the About page for the references
- (1) Hypoalgesic effe*t of Spirulina platensis on the sciatic neuropathic pain induc*d by chronic constriction injury in male ra*s. Hossein Ali Safakhah, Farzaneh Tamimi, Nasroallah Moradi kor, Ahmad Reza Bandegi, Ali Ghanbari Semnan University, Iran.
- (2) Hypolipidemic, Antioxida*t and Anti-inflammatory Activities of Microalgae Spirulina
- (3)Dept., of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA, & Dept., of Biotechnology, Fooyin University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
(3) Antioxidant potential with selected Spirulina platensis preparations.
Dartsch Scientific GmbH, Institut für zellbiologische Testsysteme, Horb am Neckar, Germany.