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Amazing Ways Spirulina Lowers Cholesterol

Posted by Patti Smyth RHN

August 25, 2015 at 4:06 PM

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You may never have heard of spirulina before, but if you’re struggling with high cholesterol, this type of blue-green algae could provide you with a natural way to boost your heart’s health.

Spirulina is a rich source of many nutrients and can also offer your amazing heart-protective antioxidant properties and proven cholesterol-lowering effects.

Spirulina’s most incredible cholesterol-decreasing benefits:

1. Enzyme Activating

Spirulina grows in highly concentrated salt water and seems to increase lipase activity. Lipase is the enzyme that breaks down fat and glycerol (sugar alcohol), making spirulina a useful tool in reducing cholesterol buildup.

2. LDL Lowering

In 2010, a study in New Zealand found that regularly using spirulina effectively lowered levels of LDL (bad cholesterol), helping to flush it out of the body. 

3. HDL Boosting

A 2010 South Korean study found that after spirulina was taken for only 8 weeks, it raised levels of the good cholesterol HDL at the same time as lowering LDL levels.  HDL cholesterol actually sweeps excess LDL cholesterol right out of your system. Because the right amount of HDL to LDL is essential for health, spirulina can protect your heart from a dangerous cholesterol imbalance.

4. Blood Pressure Balancing

Research shows that taking spirulina for just 16 weeks can bring down high blood pressure levels, offering your heart another vital benefit. 

5. Low Doses

Unlike many supplements and medications, a little spirulina goes a long way. Taking 3 to 5 grams (½ to1 teaspoon) of spirulina spread evenly throughout the day could help you lower harmful cholesterol levels.  

6. Low Fat Content

There’s less than 0.5 grams of fat in a tablespoon of spirulina, making it an excellent addition to a heart healthy diet. Add it into your sauces, salads and smoothies for a low-fat, cholesterol-lowering effect. 

7. Antioxidant Power

Not only does spirulina lower levels of bad LDL cholesterol, its powerful antioxidants actually prevent damage from LDL oxidation. In this way, spirulina keeps your body safe from the harmful effects of LDL cholesterol. 

If you’re looking for a safe, all-natural and effective way to help lower your cholesterol levels, spirulina may be a great choice. Make sure you talk to your doctor before you start using spirulina, to avoid allergic reactions or other health issues. Always combine spirulina with a healthy, plant-rich diet and regular exercise for amazing cholesterol-lowering results!

 

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Topics: Diet, Nutrition, Wellness

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