Is Spirulina The Best Natural Remedy For Asthma? Whilst Not Well-Known, Studies Suggest It May Help.
What Is Asthma
It is not widely known, but research (below) has found that spirulina may be beneficial to help mitigate asthma symptoms in mild to moderate cases of asthma. However, it is important to be aware that this is not a quick fix during an asthma attack but may help in cases of those people with mild to moderate asthma who consistently take spirulina over a period of time. Spirulina is a super food and the benefits in relation to asthma, according to the studies we have found, seem to be linked to its antioxidant qualities.
Why Might It Help?
We have been trying to find out why spirulina may be helpful with asthma and we suspect it is related to how spirulina is an antioxidant. So, we initially looked to studies regarding vitamins and how they might help asthma.
Do Vitamins Help? The Evidence For And Against:
Selenium. Whilst you will find claims on the internet that selenium helps asthma, a 2007 study (3) makes it very clear that there was no effect of selenium supplements with symptoms of asthma
Web MD has a lengthy list of vitamins that may or may not be effective. Many are described as “insufficient evidence” or “possibly ineffective” but it does not mention spirulina in the context of asthma.
Antioxidants Appear To Help
Antioxidants – A 2013 study (2) found that antioxidants, including vitamins A & E could have a helpful impact on children with asthma. Spirulina has a large amount of vitamin A and also contains vitamin E. It is also known for its antioxidant qualities.
Spirulina is packed with vitamins and nutrients. It`s a great source of vitamin A which the 2013 (2) study highlighted as a vitamin, was beneficial for children with Asthma. Spirulina also has vitamin E.
Evidence Spirulina Might Help?
A study (1) of 39 children in the Philippines, aged 7 to 14 found that a daily supplement of spirulina, “significantly improved asthma control. 20 of the children received 1g to 2g of spirulina for a period of 3 months whilst another 19 received a placebo. Symptoms of the Spirulina group significantly improved by the end of the study, and continued to see benefit 3 months after they had stopped taking spirulina.
A study (3) involving 34 adults had similarly successful results. The study was only over a two-month period with only 1 g of spirulina a day being taken by those in the trial and they found that in cases of mild to moderate asthma, “it was equally beneficial as an asthma medication”. Interestingly the diet history of the people involved in this study revealed a poor intake of antioxidant vitamins. Something that Spirulina is packed with.
Full Of Nutrients
It may surprise you to learn but 1 gram of spirulina is the equivalent of 1kg of fruit and vegetables in terms of nutrients. Watch this video to learn more:
Helps COPD Too
And a 2015 study (4) from Bangladesh of COPD (that like asthma causes breathing problems and poor airflow) also found that patients improved following the use of spirulina for 2 months with oxidative stress reduced.
Asthma Medication Is Big Business
What would of course be helpful is to see more studies on the use of spirulina to help mitigate asthma. Possibly the reason for this, is there may not be any incentive on the part of the pharmaceutical industry to do so.
What has been equally interesting in our research for this article is that asthma medication is big business. As far back as 2007, the value of the asthma industry in the US was $56 Billion. At these prices, it is not a wonder there is little incentive for further studies to explore the efficacy of spirulina to help mitigate or possibly prevent mild to moderate asthma attacks.
With the cost of an asthma inhaler in the US retailing for over $175. Even the cost of Albuterol, one of the more established asthma medicines in the US is between S$50 and $100.
So is spirulina the best natural remedy for asthma?
Whilst, spirulina is not a cure for asthma, the studies we have found, suggest it may help to mitigate mild to moderate asthma*. If you suffer from mild to moderate asthma attacks, why not check with your Doctor, to see if adding the spirulina super food to your diet might help you?*You might find it helps you and you may save a considerable amount on the quantity of prescription drugs that you need. It has certainly helped with my Hay Fever and other conditions. And you may experience other benefits as we describe in our FAQs.
If you would like to try some spirulina, you may find this link helpful.
Please let us know your experience.
If you decide to try spirulina after you have checked with your doctor, of course, we would be very interested to learn of your experience. Or if you have any questions. Please drop us a line in the comments below.
Spirulina History of Use
If you would like to learn more about the interesting history of spirulina you can learn more on our page, “What is spirulina about?”.
- (1) The Effects of Spirulina with children aged 7-14 as a Dietary Supplement. Drs Manzon-Reyes, Lou Ver Leigh A., Gonzalez-Andaya, Agnes M.
- (2)Nutritional supplements (& plasma antioxidants) in childhood asthma, Wiener klinische Wochenschrift – The Central European Journal of Medicine
- (3) “Dietary supplements and asthma: another one “bites” the dust”, Prof J Britton, Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, City Hospital, Nottingham, UK
- (4) Effect of Spirulina Intervention on “Oxidative Stress, Antioxidant Status, and Lipid Profile in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients” Md. Ismail, Md. Faruk Hossain, Arifur Rahman Tanu, and Hossain Uddin Shekhar
*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.