- Spirulina, the edible blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) are approved as Best Food for the Future in 1974 by United Nations.
- Safe for Children (UN World Food Conference at Geneva, Switzerland 8th June 1993)
- Japanese have a long history of consuming Spirulina. Approximately, 1.4 kg of algae is consumed annually by an individual with average daily consumption of 3.8g/day. It is probable that this is one of the reasons for highest life expectancy (83y) in Japan apart from having extra ordinarily low rate of cancer, obesity and cardiovascular diseases.
- Professional sport athletes have strenuous workouts to develop stamina, strength and endurance. This in turn requires consumption of energy rich food. Increased intake of food augments undesirable components of nutrition like fats. Spirulina consumption is a low fat (good fats), high protein and high energy constitution that eventually lead to saving of workout time that can be deployed into sport practice.
- Obesity has become major problem in cities due to sedentary life style, which leads to many other health problems later. The known solution is to eat less and exercise. However not many people are able to follow strict diet and exercise regimen. Also, increased body mass demands more nutrition leading to continuous food craving. Hence; obese individuals placed on dieting either feel weak or are unable to follow diets. One solution to this problem is if Spirulina is taken before food it reduces food craving apart from replenishing nutritional requirements. It also improves digestion and stimulates optimal metabolic functioning of body.
- Phycocyanin and phycocyanobilin from Spirulina platensis are known to protect against diabetic nephropathy by inhibiting oxidative stress1.
- According to a 2004 study; published in Biochemical Pharmacology, Spirulina contains onco-protective protein; C-phycocyanin, which significantly reduces proliferation of leukemic cells cultured by causing the cells to undergo apoptosis (“programmed cell death”). In another study, 2009; Cancer Science journal found Spirulina extracts stimulated natural killer cell activity2 (immune cells that kill cancer cells).
- Zheng J. et al. American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. 2013 Jan 15;304(2):R110-20.
- Cancer Science, 2009. Enhancement of anti-tumoral natural killer cell activation by orally administered Spirulina extracts in mice.