Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in nutrients, including B vitamins, beta carotene, and vitamin E. It is cultivated for use both as a dietary supplement and as a whole food. Spirulina is a good source of vegan protein and is thought to have other health benefits
What Is Spirulina Used For?
Beyond its nutritional value, spirulina is used in complementary and alternative medicine to treat a number of health conditions. Spirulina contains certain compounds that may benefit your overall health, including antioxidants, minerals, chlorophyll, and phycocyanin (the pigment which gives the algae its blue color).
These and other compounds are believed by some to prevent or treat a variety of medical conditions, including:
- Viral infections
- Certain cancers
To date, there are few studies that strongly support these claims. With that said, there is some evidence of spirulina’s health benefits.
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