I have chronic nerve inflammation. So I use a wide range of natural remedies, including spirulina, in an effort to keep my symptoms under control.
Whatever I’m doing is helping. But I can’t give all the credit to my supplements. I also eat a clean diet filled with organic food.
What Are Spirulina Benefits?
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It would be impossible to tell you exactly how much spirulina helps me, or even if it does. That’s because I take so many dietary supplements. Also, I switch them around, so I never take anything too long, including spirulina. At various times, though, Ive taken a certain brand of spirulina.
Spirulina contains compounds being studied for their potential to curb inflammation.
I’m not one that hangs on the word of every bit of scientific evidence, before I consider whether a natural remedy is right for me. If it has a history of use for my particular condition, and is recommended by natural health experts I trust, that’s good enough for me. But I realize some of my readers want a more fact-based approach, and I totally respect that.
So, is there any scientific evidence that spirulina can help people with fibromyalgia?
Spirulina for Fibromyalgia
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I wasn’t able to locate any specific clinical studies on spirulina and fibromyalgia. But I did find supporting evidence this blue-green algae might be able to help with excess inflammation. Most holistic health experts believe a runaway inflammatory response is what fuels various diseases, including fibromyalgia.
What’s lacking right now, in the research world, are large clinical trials that look at spirulina’s role natural anti-inflammatory action in live patients. One study that ran in the August 1 2011 edition of the, Cardiovascular Therapeutics journal noted that spirulina’s anti-inflammatory actions have been seen in “a large number of preclinical studies.”
Nutritional Content of Spirulina
Spirulina is a very popular dietary supplement. It’s also considered a nutrient dense super food. I would much rather take this, than pop a synthetic vitamin pill made in a lab. Natural spirulina is rich in B-complex vitamins so often lack in our diets today. These vitamins are also depleted when we’re under stress.
Also, this algae is a good source of protein and calcium, as well as trace minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids, most notably gamma linoleic acid.
Spirulina is also a good source of chlorphyll, the substance that gives plants their green color. When I was bouncing back from one bout of adrenal fatigue, my holistic health practitioner insisted I take liquid chlorophyll as a blood tonic. She described it as “plant blood.” She told me to take it very judiciously, especially at first. (I think it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before taking any new dietary supplement.)
Where Can You Buy Spirulina?
Since it’s gained a new reputation as a super food, spirulina is now widely available online. This is where I ordered mine. I shopped really carefully for the right brand. That’s because I want organic spirulina that’s harvested in the United States, under tightly controlled conditions. One brand I trust, because I use it myself, is Earthrise.
This spirulina is grown in a dry region of California, far away from pollution, according to the company website. This is really important because spirulina tends to absorb toxins. This is a good thing when it’s in your body, but not while it’s growing.
One common complaint is that spirulina tastes bad. I did try another brand, but didn’t finish the bottle because it smelled terrible. Earthrise spirulina doesn’t have a strong fishy or a rancid odor that you might find with other strains. The powder, which you see on the left, actually has a pleasant taste. I used it a lot when I was giving up coffee, because it’s an energizing supplement. So, instead of my morning coffee, I’d enjoy a glass of water mixed with spirulina, which can also be folded into fruit or vegetable smoothies.
More recently, though, I’ve taken Earthrise spirulina tablets, primarily because this is what another family member prefers. Although I prefer the powder myself, it is easier to just pop a pill. The pills have less of the spirulina taste, if that’s what you’re trying to avoid. You can see both the powder and the pill versions below.
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