What is Spirulina?
Spirulina is blue-green algae, which mainly grows in salt water but is sometimes found in fresh water lakes also. It is very rich in protein; iron and other useful minerals. It contains a significant amount of vitamin A, B complex and E. Its miraculous properties has made it a popular remedy for a lot of common health problems and also to treat various long-term diseases like diabetes and cholesterol.
Spirulina for treating diabetes
Diabetes has recently become a major health problem, which develops when the body either cannot produce enough insulin for the body which is called type 1 diabetes or the body’s cells cannot absorb the insulin being produced known as type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is classified as a metabolism disorder as metabolism is responsible for the breakdown of food into glucose to be used as fuel by the body cells. For the glucose to enter the cells a hormone named insulin plays a vital role. Without the presence of insulin our body cells cannot take in glucose. Diabetes also changes the cholesterol levels in the blood increasing the risk of heart diseases and stroke.
How Spirulina helps with diabetes
Over the years a lot of researches has been conducted on the possible effects of the Spirulina. It can now be said without a doubt that when Spirulina is consumed it gives the following benefits almost immediately after a few intakes: –
- Boosts metabolism
- Regulates blood pressure
- Improves blood circulation and the immune system
- Prevents heart diseases
- Heals skin diseases
- Helps with stress and anxiety
- Helps fight cancer
Diabetics are advised to lose weight to improve their health condition. To lose weight quickly people start following unhealthy diet routines and end up having weakness and fatigue, on the other hand Spirulina being one of the healthiest and the most natural way to lose weight and boost metabolism will not only help the diabetics achieve the weight lose goals but also keep their blood sugar and cholesterol level in control while providing with the protein and nutrition to keep you energetic. This vegan super food even helps control the nervous system complications, which are associated and arises with the changing insulin level and by the heavy cholesterol lowering medications.
How to take Spirulina
Spirulina is generally consumed half to one hour before meal. The recommended dosage is 2-6 grams per day but up to 10 grams is also being consumed safely. There are no know side effects of Spirulina unlike the pharmaceutical diabetes medications have but a point to consider is not to exceed the recommended dose. If taken in excess Spirulina can be damaging to the lungs. Spirulina is available in a number of forms but it is widely preferred in pills or powder form. The powdered form can be added to drinks to avoid the nasty taste. A lot of smoothie recipes can be found on the Internet, which includes the Spirulina powder to eliminate its taste.