1) Get more veggies in your diet

spirulina smoothie
We know it’s hard to get your daily serving of fresh veggies. In fact, statistics show that 87% Americans aren’t eating the recommended amount of vegetables in their diets.

By just adding spirulina to your favorite beverage, smoothie or meal you can instantly boost your veggie intake with ease.

Sources:

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/diet-fitness/youre-still-not-eating-enough-vegetables-n389466

2) Balance blood sugar levels and reduce blood pressure

We’re well aware of the negative impacts that high sugar and cholesterol diets have had on the health and well-being of so many- from diabetes to high blood pressure.

The good news is that spirulina has shown signs of regulating blood sugar levels in preliminary studies. In other studies, it has been shown to lower blood pressure levels in tested subjects.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23754631
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2211748/

3) Anti-oxidant and Anti-inflammatory properties

Oxidative damage from free radicals can damage our cells and DNA, which can ultimately lead to inflammation and numerous diseases.

Spirulina is believed to offer good anti-inflammatory benefits. Its antioxidant action seems to be the main driver behind this benefit, which can help prevent this inflammatory damage from occurring.

4) Alleviates Anemia

The reduction in hemoglobin or red blood cells in the blood is the most common form of anemia

The elderly often suffer from this form of anemia, leading to chronic feelings of fatigue and weakness.

In one study of older people with a history of anemia, increase in the hemoglobin content of red blood cells was detected with spirulina supplementation. Their immune function also saw improvements.

More research is needed, but the positive effects of spirulina are worth noting.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18809092/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4012879/

5) Help with Muscle Recovery, Endurance and Strength

Fitness equipment
A huge contributor to muscle fatigue is the oxidative damage caused by exercise.

Some studies have shown improved muscle strength and endurance with spirulina supplementation.

Two studies have shown spirulina significantly increased the time it took for people to become fatigued, enhancing endurance.

While another study found that supplementation with spirulina increased muscle strength in college athletes, but did not have any effect on endurance.

Both studies point to an underlying boost that spirulina could add to physical activity.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20010119
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16944194
http://journals.sfu.ca/ijmbs/index.php/ijmbs/article/viewArticle/51