The Journal of Dietary Supplements published a study that enumerates the benefits of Spirulina extracts for the people suffering from metabolic syndrome. Researchers from Shikoku University School of Health Sciences and Shokei Junior College in Japan conducted the study. The researchers found that Spirulina extract can improve metabolism by reducing the absorption of lipids. The study basically targets individuals with metabolic syndrome.
A cluster of metabolic disorders is what we call metabolic syndrome. It occurs due to the synergistic incidence of,
- Elevated blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- Excess body fat around the waist
- Abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels
Metabolic syndrome adds to the risk of heart diseases, stroke, and diabetes. One of the leading causes behind the condition is the high consumption of calories.
Research has found that this syndrome and its consequent results can be improved by a healthy diet, regular exercise, and delayed or reduced digestion and/or absorption of energy sources like lipids, and carbohydrates. Moreover, supplements like Spirulina can also benefit the situation as per the respective study, in discussion.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae. It has been a common food source in many countries. However, in recent years, it has become a popular dietary supplement. It is easily accessible in the forms of capsules, tablets, and powder. Food and drinks, such as energy bars, popcorn, and smoothies also include Spirulina extracts.
What does the study say?
The respective research looked at the effects of spirulina extract on lipase and alpha-glucosidase activities in people with metabolic syndrome. They assessed the effect of a protein-deprived extract prepared from blue-green algae spirulina (Spirulina platensis).
The result of the study suggests that spirulina extract inhibits the activity of lipase but not the alpha-glucosidase. Thus, the extract inhibited the elevation of the levels of triglycerides. Moreover, the extracts reduce the absorption and digestion of lipids in the intestinal tract.
The researchers attribute the nonprotein compounds of spirulina for the beneficial effects including lower lipid levels and improvement of metabolism in people with metabolic syndrome.
Other benefits of Spirulina
Spirulina packs a variety of nutrients like,
- Vitamins A, C, E, and B-vitamins
A scientific research, published in the Journal of Nutrition Research and Practice, reports that Spirulina can potentially reduce the blood sugar levels during Type-II diabetes. This may suggest that Spirulina can be effective against diabetes as well. It reveals that Spirulina can help to regulate blood sugar levels and improve lipid profile of subjects having Type-II diabetes.
A 2010 study suggests that spirulina can lower the buildup of plaque within arterial walls among rabbits fed with a high-cholesterol diet.
Spirulina also helps to reduce anemia and improve muscle strength and athletic performance. Spirulina imparts its characteristic green color from c-phycocyanin. This compound can fight inflammation, reduce oxidative stress, and prevent problems in the nervous system.
So, if you were unaware of this superfood yet, this is the time you must give it a try. All of the benefits are backed up by scientific research that suggest that consuming Spirulina can make wonders with the overall health of an individual.