Written by:Eli Ben-Yehuda, January 23, 2019

Spirulina, a ‘superfood’ made from algae, could help to reduce blood pressure, according to a study.

A specific protein in spirulina was found to relax arteries in the laboratory and in animals.

Spirulina is widely used in supplements and smoothies for a host of conditions including weight loss, hay fever, PMS and diabetes.

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Also known as blue-green algae, spirulina is an organism that grows in both fresh and salt water.

It became popular when NASA proposed it could be grown in space and used by astronauts to supplement their diet.

It is thought to influence blood pressure and cardiovascular health by increased production of the signaling molecule nitric oxide.

In healthy individuals, a daily dose of 4.5 grams for six weeks was shown to lower blood pressure. Given this finding, it’s likely to be even more effective in those with high blood pressure, although more clinical trials are necessary.

Its nutritional profile is loaded with chlorophyll, B Vitamins, Vitamin K and minerals such as zinc and magnesium. It is also a great source of quality protein if you aren’t getting enough in your diet.

Here are the top 5 benefits of using Spirulina:
  • Detoxes your body of heavy metals (especially arsenic which is found in pesticides).
  • Protects your body against radiation poisoning.
  • Helps fight cancer because of its detoxifying benefits.
  • Nutrition powerhouse-—lower cholesterol, balance blood pressure, and fight diabetes.
  • Helps boost energy levels.

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