Spirulina, a blue-green algea, is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants, including B complex, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid). As with any supplement, spirulina needs to be purchased from a trusted company that does quality testing to make sure it is organic and uncontaminated by the environment where it is grown. It is an excellent source of protein containing 62% protein, along with its other nutritional properties. Animal and test tube studies have shown that it can boost immune function and reduce allergic reactions by blocking the release of histamine. It also helps good probiotics recolonize the GI tract.
Research is revealing antiviral properties against herpes, influenza, and HIV. One study showed that taking it seemed to reduce a precancerous lesion known as leukoplasia in people who chewed tobacco. It may help protect against liver damage and cirrhosis (liver failure) in people with chronic hepatitis. Spirulina has numerous health benefits that make it a wonderful addition your your health diet.