Is Spirulina one of the best natural anti-inflammatory foods or supplements that you can take? Various studies (1) have demonstrated the anti-inflammatory effects of Spirulina, describing it is an effective anti-inflammatory, whilst other reviews (3) have highlighted its potential in this regard too.
Spirulina is a terrific source of antioxidants, which according to studies (5-7) can protect against oxidative stress and damage*. Spirulina contains an active component called phycocyanin that impedes the production of inflammatory signalling molecules. This results in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory (5), (6) (7) effects.
Suggestions in the media (3 June) have recently indicated that Ibuprofen is once again being used by Doctors to treat early stage Covid 19.
After some initial controversy, when Ibuprofen was first used with Covid 19 patients and French Health Officials recommended AGAINST its use, Ibuprofen is once again being used with Covid 19 patients. According to animal studies, ibuprofen has been found to boost survival rates by up to 300 %. * London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London are now running a clinical trial involving Ibuprofen. We wish them well and hope it is successful. We will however have to wait for the outcome of this trial to see whether it becomes a recommended treatment.
Does spirulina help with COVID 19?
We know from these studies (1,3, 5,6,7) that when taken consistently and regularly, spirulina has anti-inflammatory effects*. However, let us be very clear, there is no (no) evidence that spirulina helps with inflammation within the context of COVID 19.
However for the purposes of sharing information, not as a recommendation for use related to Covid 19, we have noticed that the number of Covid 19 cases, where spirulina is widely consumed, seem to be relatively low when compared to other Countries and Regions. For example, in Hawaii, USA deaths per Million are only 12 (11 June 2020). This could simply be due to the fact that they have had relatively few cases, 685 (17 deaths – 11 June) perhaps due to strict enforcement of social distancing rules or other factors. Or is spirulina playing some kind of helpful supporting role?
And in Chad where Spirulina is called, “daei”, the number of people who have recovered appears, based on the statistics, to be relatively good. As of 11 June 2020, deaths per million in Chad were only 4.
Compare both of these locations to the United Kingdom and it is quite stark where official statistics indicate 608 deaths (11 June 2020) per million. In the case of Chad, could this simply be due to a lack of adequate testing facilities? So they don`t really know? Or it might be due to low population density. Or is their daei helping?
Is Spirulina Helping?
It is however striking that in both of these locations where spirulina is regularly consumed, the number of cases and deaths per million are relatively low. Is it possible that regular consumption of Spirulina has helped in these two locations? We do not know. We repeat, we are not recommending spirulina as a treatment for Covid 19 but as described above, there is evidence that this super food does have anti-inflammatory properties. A proper study at some point would be most helpful.
The Benefits of Spirulina
We know from our personal experience of taking spirulina and from researching many different conditions that Spirulina is remarkable super food that has helped us and it might help you or a loved one with a medical condition, under the guidance, of course, of your healthcare professional.
There are however a few exceptions as described in this click through.
Does Spirulina Strengthen Your Immune System?
What we do know is that Spirulina has been linked in studies to boost and strengthen the immune system. A clinical trial (8) in California, USA of 40 people in, over the age of 50 with no history of major chronic diseases were enrolled. The study demonstrated it “may” counteract anemia and immunosenescence (the gradual deterioration of the immune system) and so may fortify the immune system in older people. As is common with these studies, additional studies were called for.
In Poland a study (9) involving the Polish Rowing team sought to identify how spirulina would impact on the 19 athletes concluding that spirulina may protect athletes against a deficit in the immune function. Meanwhile in China, a study demonstrated in an animal study that spirulina helped boost immunity when subjects has been exposed to radiation. This is perhaps not surprising as spirulina is well known to be an effective food to help detox and was used in Chernobyl to detox people exposed to radiation.
FAQs on Spirulina.
Why not explore our FAQ page? The FAQ page covers the many conditions that we have researched. The Spirulina super food might help you or a loved one. Why not check out our FAQs? You can also learn more about Spirulina on our “What is Spirulina About?” page. Here we describe the history and its use over the centuries.
How Spirulina May Help Your Hay Fever
Those who take spirulina regularly say it helps mitigate their Hay Fever symptoms. A Turkish study (1) highlighted the evidence they found in how it is clinically effective with Allergic Rhinitis. better known as hay fever that can also cause inflammation of the sinuses. It also appears to help with Sinusitis.
Reducing Bad Cholesterol
Evidence exists demonstrating that Spirulina offers a natural way to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides*. A 2014 study (2) from Greece demonstrated that it significantly reduces high-density lipoprotein (HDL) “bad” cholesterol and does not impact on high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the so called “good” cholesterol.
Where To Buy
Where to buy a reliable well sourced spirulina? This page lists some of the suppliers that we recommend. We explain the importance of where you obtain spirulina supplies from in this click through. Getting that right is very important. We also have some suggestions for the amount you should take on this page.
Is Spirulina safe for me to take?
Most people have no problems taking Spirulina at all.* However, some people have nut, strawberry and seafood allergies. To understand spirulina better, and see how the spirulina super food might be helpful to you or your family, please refer to our page, “What is Spirulina About”?
(1) Hypolipidemic, Antioxidant & Anti-inflammatory Activities of Microalgae Spirulina Ruitang Deng & Te-Jin Chow
(2) The Hypolipidaemic Effects of Spirulina (Arthrospira Platensis) Supplementation in a Cretan Population. Elias E Mazokopakis , Ioannis K Starakis, Maria G Papadomanolaki, Niki G Mavroeidi, Emmanuel S Ganotakis
(3) The Antioxidant, Immunomodulatory, and Anti-Inflammatory Activities of Spirulina: An Overview
(4) Effects of Spirulina on Allergic Rhinitis, Cingi, Conk-Dalay M, Cakli H, Bal C., Department of of ENT, Eskisehir Osmangazi University Medical Faculty, Eskisehir, Turkey
(5) Anti-inflammatory & Antihyperalgesic Activity of C-phycocyanin
(6) C-phycocyanin Confers Protection Against Oxalate-Mediated Oxidative Stress & Mitochondrial Dysfunctions in MDCK Cells. Shukkur M Farooq, Nithin B Boppana, Asokan Devarajan, Shamala D Sekaran , Esaki M Shankar , Chunying Li , Kaliappan Gopal, Sazaly A Bakar , Harve S Karthik, Abdul S Ebrahim
(7) C-phycocyanin: A Biliprotein With Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory and Neuroprotective Effects. Ch Romay , R González, N Ledón, D Remirez, V Rimbau
(8) The effects of Spirulina on anemia & immune function in senior citizens. Carlo Selmi, Patrick SC Leung, Laura Fischer Bruce German, Chen-Yen Yang, Thomas P Kenny, Gerry R Cysewski, & M Eric Gershwin
(9) An Attempt to Induce an Immunomodulatory Effect in Rowers with Spirulina Extract. Artur Juszkiewicz, Piotr Basta, Elżbieta Petriczko, Bogusław Machaliński, Jerzy Trzeciak, Karolina Łuczkowska, & Anna Skarpańska-Stejnborn
*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