Is Spirulina A Natural Cure For Dementia?
I don´t have dementia but there were two additional things I started to notice after taking Spirulina for my Fatty Liver & Blood Sugar Control. I had far more energy. I was thinking quicker and my memory was sharper. Undoubtedly, I was thinking far more clearly and my memory seemed crystal clear. I was no longer forgetting “silly things”. Only a few years earlier, I had, on occasions, gone to the office water cooler and forgotten why I was there! So embarrassing! Now such “mind fog” is a thing of the past, thanks to regularly consuming quality spirulina.
Is Spirulina A Prophylactic To Help Prevent Alzheimers/Dementia?
I have been semi-retired for 2 years but after taking Spirulina for a number of months I started to realise that my mind was more finely tuned. Whereas before I was forgetting “stupid” things, e.g. the water cooler incidents, now, it rarely happens. My mind is so much sharper than before I took Spirulina. Does Spirulina help the brain, or is spirulina a natural cure for Dementia I asked myself? Might it have helped my Mother? Or was it a sort of prophylactic that could help to prevent against alzheimers/dementia? I decided to undertake some research.
I found it really distressing to see my once highly active Mother suffer from Dementia in the later years of her life. A 2018 study  from South Korea, described how thanks to advances in technology, lifespans were extending and subsequently, dementia, a degenerative brain disease, has come under increased scrutiny. Encouragingly, I read that the South Korean study had demonstrated in experiments the “cognitive” (i.e. brain) “improving effects of Spirulina” .
Spirulina May Help Prevent Memory Loss, & Reduce Oxidative Damage
Oxidative stress is often present in those with dementia . A Taiwanese study concluded that Spirulina may “prevent the loss of memory”  which seems consistent with the findings from the South Korean study  which highlighted how “Spirulina has memory-improving effects”. The Taiwanese study  found that spirulina may help to prevent memory loss, by reducing oxidative damage”. I wish I had known that 10 years ago, to help my Mother more. But key to this, is that it needs to be taken in sufficient quantities, we offer advice on this via this click through. And you need to be sure of the quality of the spirulina you are taking, in exactly the same way as you would buy organic, fresh or quality food for your diet and that of your loved ones. The difference in “value” brand prices and top end spirulina is relatively minimal.
Spirulina Reduces Stroke-Related Brain Damage
Interestingly in a comparative study  from Baltimore USA, involving Spirulina, blueberries and spinach, it was “shown to reduce stroke-related brain damage,” further evidence that spirulina was good for brain health. I hope you are getting the picture that this super food could be a way to eat your way to better brain health? Its notable that for many years, the pharmaceutical industry has struggled to come up with an effective medication for Alzheimers/Dementia .
Its Been Staring At Us In The Face For Billions of Years.
Might the simplest solution, or one that at least helps to slow down or mitigate symptoms, has been staring at us in the face, in the shape of a superfood that has existed for billions of years? Whilst it might not be a natural cure for dementia, these studies [1,2, 3] show it might help. Its got to be worth giving it a try right? Anecdotal evidence from Mexico, one of the countries where spirulina was first discovered, suggests that spirulina helps to slow the progress of alzheimers/dementia. As do other resources. 
Anything Else? What About the Gut-Brain Connection?
There is growing evidence that the gut-brain connection is important and that they communicate with each other. The gut is sometimes even referred to as ‘The second brain”. Not long ago, it was discovered that our gut and brain are connected via one of the biggest nerves in the body that is called the vagus nerve. Problems in the gut can contribute or lead to gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune disorders, and diseases, depression, brain fog, and much more. So, its important our guts are kept in good order. We know from other research that spirulina helps gastrointestinal problems and in some countries, doctors say it can help you to overcome such disorders.
More recently, a 2020 study  from China has shown that spirulina helps to reduce inflammation in the gut. Bearing in mind that high fat diets, notably cheese  are linked to a higher risk of alzheimers/dementia, this study  that was focused on animals, that were fed a high fat diet, seems significant.
Spirulina helps to protect against Alzheimer’s*
And in a University Health News article  from 2017, they speak of the benefits of spirulina in terms of its benefits for brain function and memory. They describe how Spirulina helps to protect against Alzheimer’s “by reducing levels of amyloid-beta proteins throughout the brain”. If you, like me in the past, have had a high fat diet or are obese, you might want to think about ordering some spirulina to start detoxing to help benefit from its benefits and possibly reduce your risk of dementia.*
More Evidence that spirulina helps
More evidence on how spirulina helps to mitigate alzheimer’s and in particular vitamins B1, B6 and B12 that can be found in good quality spirulina (NB not all are!) can be found at healthyantiagingalternatives.com. You can order quality spirulina via this click through. There is also an excellent Chilean Spirulina that is difficult to obtain out of Chile but we can make arrangements to ship some to you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on Whattsapp +56 9 4426 0930 if you are in Chile or Latin America and would like to purchase some.
Spirulina´s cousin, chlorella, may also be a useful superfood to consider adding to your diet to prevent “age-dependent memory loss and cognitive decline” as a chlorella study highlights. 
Very encouraging, all good so far
Where To Obtain Your Supplies From? How Much To Take?
Where you obtain Spirulina supplies from is critical to your success with spirulina (& Chlorella).
The growing environment is critical.
Wherever Spirulina grows, it acts like a sponge, picking up and absorbing anything in the water it grows in. This might include toxins if they are in the water. Some supplies, notably from China, when tested, have been found to contain some toxins, including toxic metals. Where I live, there are Spirulina supplies available from Chile & China. As I am sure you know, Chilean wine, fruits and Salmon are excellent. Chile has very high health and safety standards. If I cannot obtain a stock of Spirulina from these suppliers, who have well sourced and safe Spirulina, I will only buy the Chilean Spirulina. Its possible the Chinese supply is safe and knowing Chile´s strict regulations, that is likely, but for a few extra cents, would you risk it? This is a superfood that might prevent the onset of alzheimers/dementia (& Parkinsons – see below)*.
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
Is Spirulina A Silver Bullet? Is Spirulina A Natural Cure For Dementia?
We would not want to leave you with the impression that the spirulina superfood is a “silver bullet”. But prevention is better than cure. Our conclusion is that spirulina is probably best described as a sort of prophylactic, (a bit like an anti malarial prophylactic) a sort of natural preventative for this horrible alzheimers/dementia disease*. Until the pharmaceutical can produce a reliable medication, in the face of the growing alzheimers/dementia pandemic, the superfood spirulina may indeed be our best ally. It certainly seems to be a promising, providing, and this is key, you take it regularly and consistently, i.e. daily over a period of time. Remember it’s a superfood, not a medication. Don´t expect to see results overnight!* Our guidance on “how much spirulina to take?” might be useful to you.
The Gut Brain Connection – How it Impacts on Dementia & Alheimers
Briefly it does ! Your diet matters and spirulina can help you improve your diet in a very practical and direct way by taking quality spirulina supplements. The Gut brain connection is now better understood and is further explored and explained by one of our guest writers Paula Dunbar in this click through.
We have also looked at Spirulina & Parkinson`s. Check our October 2020 article and the benefit of spirulina with Parkinson`s on this page.
This page would be incomplete without adding a reference to an old and inconclusive study (11) (2009) from Guam. The study called for further research, which incredibly, bearing in mind the growing alzheimers/dementia pandemic, still, to our knowledge, has not been undertaken.
For a while, the Guam study cast some doubt on Spirulina´s benefits with regard to Alzheimer’s Disease. The Guam study connected the intake (a high amount) of Cycad seeds by the indigenous community, with a compound found in spirulina. Bearing in mind the increasing and rising global pandemic that Alzheimer’s/Dementia is growing to be, at best this seems extremely surprising, as a solution to Alzheimers/Dementia is urgently required.
Are You Concerned About The Risk of Alzheimers/Dementia?
If you eat or ate a high fat diet for many years, you might be.
If you are concerned about the risk of alzheimers/dementia, or you have a loved one with early signs, possibly a regular consumption of spirulina and chlorella could be the best preventative or prophylactic you could try.* Particularly if you had a high fat diet in your younger years. You are also likely to see a wide range of other benefits too.*
You may also wish to check this short U-Tube Video that discusses how spirulina can help protect your brain against alzheimers/dementia and Parkinson´s disease.
Where to Buy Spirulina?
At whyspirulina.com we emphasise the importance that when you consume the Spirulina super-food, you should do so from a reliable and safe supply. Please be cautious & don´t buy contaminated or old stock or you will not see any benefits. This is important for anybody seeking to see the benefits of spirulina, but in terms of a possible preventative for alzheimers/dementia, it is arguably even more important.
Those we recommend on our site are from smaller specialist suppliers rather than huge Corporate companies who do not really understand these specialist products, where they may sit in hot warehouses or on shelves for long periods of time, impacting their efficacy.
Where does spirulina come from? Its history is fascinating!
We go into some detail about this on our history of Spirulina page. Its worth a read.
So is it safe for me to take?
This is a common question we hear. There are a few exceptions but for most people its fine. And typically, once they try it, they rave about it afterwards. Particularly when you notice the boost in energy or friends and family compliments about “how good” you are looking. Or say, “Somehow you look younger”!
You may find it helpful to check our Spirulina reviews.
Spirulina FAQs are here.
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 Effect of Fermented Spirulina maxima Extract on Cognitive-Enhancing Activities in Mice with Scopolamine-Induced Dementia. Woon Yong Choi, Do Hyung Kang, & Hyeon Yong Lee.
 Spirulina prevents memory dysfunction, reduces oxidative stress damage & augments antioxidant activity in senescence-accelerated mice. Juen-Haur Hwang , I-Te Lee, Kee-Ching Jeng, Ming-Fu Wang, Rolis Chien-Wei Hou, Su-Mei Wu, Yin-Ching Chan
 Spirulina platensis alleviates chronic inflammation with modulation of gut microbiota and intestinal permeability in rats fed a high‐fat diet
 University Health News: https://tinyurl.com/y29nprhy
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