Spirulina the ultimate anti-oxidant
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I just read a peer reviewed scientific study(1) that was published a few years ago and the results of this research are so exciting that I wanted to share them with you.
The authors of the research looked into spirulina because they noticed that athletes from China and Cuba who ate spirulina daily and before competitions got great results (read, better than other athletes with similar training regiment).
In addition to the numerous vitamins, enzymes and proteins that you find in spirulina, many studies have reported its bioactive functions such as anti-body production, prevention of fatty-liver condition, inhibiting/lowering HIV virus reproduction or prevention of cardio-vascular diseases just to name a few. (find out more about the health benefits of spirulina here)
In this study, the reserachers asked a bunch of college students to take 3 times per day several capsules that was either spirulina or soy protein. After 3 weeks of supplementation @ 7.5 g of spirulina daily (below the recommended dosage of 10g of spirulina) their blood was drawn and analyzed.
The scientists found very interesting results (but quite technicals) : the activity of blood superoxide dismutase (SOD) was significantly raised; both GPx and LDH levels were significantly different between spirulina and soy protein supplementation and the lactate (LA) concentration was higher in the spirulina trail.
What does it mean? Simply that, if you eat spirulina everyday, you will reduce the damages from oxidative stress. This is important for those who exercise in a competitive sport, as this will translates in improved athletic performances. BUT it is also important for everybody else. This is why:
Why do we age?
The current scientific believe is that organisms age because cells accumulate free radical damage over time. This theory was developed by Dr. Denham Harman in 1956. If you can reduce and slow down those damages, you will reduce and slow down the markers of aging. So by taking the right amount of spirulina everyday, you will reduce the damages from oxidative stress, hence aging makers.
How can spirulina help fight aging?
Our bodies have evolved to develop a multiplicity of defenses against oxidative attack to protect our DNA from those free radical and the resulting oxidative damage. Our cells have free radical scavengers, the famous “antioxidants” that will fight back and neutralize the negative effects of free radicals. These free radicals scavengers are present naturally in our bodies and in fruits and vegetables.
In a world were fruits and vegetables are grown on soil more and more impoverished soils, it is more and more difficult to get enough antioxidants from our food alone. This is why we can reduce significantly the damages from antioxidant by taking spirulina as a supplement.
The reason spirulina is so powerful to fight oxidative stress is the impressive list of pigments that it contains:
- carotenoids and Beta-carotene,
- superoxide Dismutase,
Just to name a few. Those pigments make spirulina an incredible ally to fight aging symptoms and inflammation. In addition to these pigments, spirulina contains other components which are known for their anti-aging effects such as:
- vitamin E (or tocopherol),
- selenium, all
While there is no substitute for a healthy balanced diet, used in sufficient amounts as part of the daily diet or as a supplement, Spirulina offers profound benefits against aging due to free radical oxidation, notably by being extremely rich in anti-oxidants and other components required to slow the external aging process.
(1) Read the full research here: