Weight Loss and Spirulina:
Spirulina has numerous benefits which are highlighted on our FAQ page.* But did you know that spirulina can also help with weight loss, helping you sustainably? In addition to the numerous other benefits, for those who are overweight or obese, spirulina can help you to shed the pounds or kilos! There is a weight loss and spirulina benefit too!* See the paragraphs below on how regular consumption of a quality spirulina, helps your body to obtain a balanced equilibrium.
Quality Spirulina Matters
Here at whyspirulina.com we have, until now, focused on the specific benefits that pure good quality spirulina provides. Caution: Not all spirulina products are, so choose your spirulina carefully. We explain the importance of this in this click through.
Our Personal Experience
Initially our site articles highlighted and researched conditions that we have had personal experience of, e.g., overcoming fatty liver. The primary objective for me in taking spirulina originally was to overcome a fatty liver. Losing weight was an additional benefit. I lost 28 kilos which I am pleased to say, I have kept off.
Our FAQ page covers a wide range of conditions that we have researched. All our articles are sourced using academic or clinical papers from experts in their fields. So, they are all evidenced based.
Weight Loss and Spirulina – it helps your body return to a balanced equilibrium*.
To be honest, there are so many “weight loss” products, we did not want to be associated with yet another weight loss fad without hard evidence.
Whilst we know from taking spirulina regularly, losing weight ourselves and from anecdotal evidence from friends and readers, that weight loss and spirulina are linked. But where was the “evidence”? Spirulina scientists and experts, we have spoken to, describe how spirulina helps to return or re-balance your body to an “equilibrium” *. So, for those who are obese or overweight, that typically involves weight loss. Whilst for those who already have an ideal weight, it offers the many other benefits described on this site. It does not lead to additional weight loss for those who already have an ideal weight. In fact, it’s ideal to add to the diet of somebody who is malnourished too.
Weight Loss and Spirulina – My experience
Steady sustained weight loss from being obese has been our experience. In my case I have lost 28 kilos and I have retained a healthy weight ever since. However, I have also experienced an impressive reduction in blood sugar, enhanced personal energy levels, improvements to my memory and seen many other benefits.
Spirulina & The Malnourished
Regular consumption of a quality spirulina helps your body to maintain a healthy equilibrium. So, whilst for many people today, weight loss may be the goal, for others, it can equally help those who are malnourished or underweight. For hundred`s of years, spirulina “has been the secret of the good health” of the people who live in Chad. You may wish to see this short United Nations Video in English about Spirulina in Chad.
Spirulina Even Helps Children Improve Their Grades at School!
Spirulina has even been used to help children in Africa improve their grades at school, after just two months of taking only 2 grams of spirulina a day!
This makes a lot of sense as we know it helps to improve the memory.
Spirulina Helps Your Body Reach A Healthy Equilibrium
The key point we are trying to highlight, is that regular consumption of quality spirulina helps your body to re-balance, to have a healthy equilibrium. So if you are overweight, it helps you to lose weight and if you are underweight or malnourished, it gives your body a nutritional boost.
Recent Anecdotal Evidence From Chile – Spirulina Helps A Mining Engineer Improve His Memory
A 55-year-old mining engineer from Copiapó, Chile commented, after we introduced Chilean spirulina to him about 6 weeks ago; “I was surprised to remember the license plates on mining trucks that I rented, as well as names of people and the emails of people I have met on jobs and I could not write their details down at the time. I didn’t initially attribute this to the spirulina I was taking, but before taking spirulina, I had to write everything down”.
“The first time I noticed my memory had improved was about three weeks ago. I purchased a truck in Santiago, Chile in September last year. We used it to move scaffolding. The thing is, I didn’t drive it until a few weeks ago. When I went to register at the mine checkpoint to enter the Mining plant, they asked me for the patent number. I remembered the number ! But I still doubted myself a bit. When I got back to the truck, I confirmed I had given the correct plate number!. I didn’t understand why I remembered it, as I hadn’t driven it for a while. I now find I am remembering contact names and their e-mails much more easily now too. I realized it must have been the spirulina I`m taking, as this is only change I have recently made in my lifestyle. Spirulina has certainly helped to improve my memory!”
Spirulina Helps an Elderly Lady Improve Her Energy Levels
Whilst an elderly lady, has been delighted to see her raised energy levels for her morning walks.
The Evidence Weight Loss and Spirulina Are linked
A March 2020 review of several clinical and preclinical trials   published in the US National Library of Medicine highlights, how spirulina “Significantly lowers body weight”. 62 obese people took just one gram a day for a period of 12 weeks and noticed a 4.16% reduction in appetite and a -1.9% reduction in body weight.
The number of spirulina tablets they took each day in this study, was tiny, just one gram a day and even at this minimal level, they saw a 1.9% drop in body weight! Imagine how much these obese people might have lost, had they been taking 3 grams or more a day?
How Much Spirulina To Take?
Our page on how much spirulina to take, suggests an approach and advice on how much spirulina to take. But typically, once you are used to spirulina and have gone through any detox, we suggest at least 3 grams a day but there could well be good reasons to take much more, for which we recommend that you ensure this is an iodine free spirulina. I typically take 5-8 grams of an iodine free Chilean spirulina each a day.*
Spirulina Is Loaded with Vitamins, Minerals, Protein and Antioxidants
Spirulina has numerous antioxidants. These include, phycocyanin, tocopherols, beta carotene, micronutrients, in particular gamma-linolenic acid and phenolic compounds. A good quality spirulina is absolutely key to success with taking spirulina. The Chilean brand we use, also contains Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Vitamin E, Zinc and of course chlorophyll. You can learn more about what spirulina is on our history page.
NASA & The European Space Agency (ESA)
NASA and the ESA have also recognised and recommended the use of spirulina in the diet of astronauts involved in long-term space travel.
Weight Loss And Spirulina. Now add Lecithin.
Lecithin is a naturally occurring substance found in foods, including eggs, soy, peanuts, red meat, sea food whole grains and green vegetables including Brussels sprouts.
Weight Loss Spirulina and Lecithin?
Lecithin is known to lower cholesterol  and a study has indicated that it can also help to reduce raised blood pressure  whilst another weight loss study (not spirulina) that included soy products including lecithin additives  saw the subjects losing an average of 3 – 4 kilos over a 12 week period.
Now throw into the mix Spirulina and this may be a powerful ally for anybody who is overweight or obese, who is looking to lose weight*. A Chilean company who produces an excellent iodine & gluten free spirulina, are now producing spirulina combined with lecithin. The combination of spirulina and lecithin may be a powerful and effective way to satiate the diet of those with a tendency to overeat or are nervous eaters.
The Chilean company have developed a formula that combines Spirulina + Lecithin 375 mg spirulina and 150mg lecithin (made from soya). As well as the usual benefits of spirulina, the lecithin may help to eliminate excess body fat and appears to have other benefits such as reducing diastolic blood pressure , and helping with digestion.
Choosing the right Spirulina
If you have any questions, please leave us a comment on our page, and we will try to answer you or signpost you to other resources.
Spirulina History of Use
This story that goes back almost to the beginning of our planet indeed historians and acedemics think it was involved in helping to clean the atmosphere of toxic gases from the many active volcanoes in the early life of the planet. There might even be a reference in Genesis, but we are not 100% sure. Discover the details of its origin and its history on the page, “What is spirulina about?”
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