Anemia, Spirulina & Blood improvement
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Blood is to the human body what the oceans are to the Earth. Both blood and the sea are comprised mainly of water, transport oxygen and nutrients, and are essential to the vibrant life force of man and the planet. So it is fascinating that deep within the ocean (and alkaline lakes) lies a small organism that contains immense potential to positively impact the tiny red blood cells deep within our veins. That organism is the blue-green algae Spirulina. A wealth of research indicates that dietary supplementation with Spirulina can help with a range of blood issues, from anemia to clotting to triglyceride concentrations.
Having a healthy circulatory system is indispensable to radiant health. Our blood must flow freely through our veins, unfettered by clots and blockages in the arteries, in order to not only deliver oxygen and nutrients but also carry away waste. Our immune system also utilizes the blood to do its job. Without enough iron in our diets, we can experience anemia, a condition in which there is a decrease in the number of red blood cells or in the quality of hemoglobin in the blood. This results in a lack of oxygen being transported to the cells. Also, if our blood cells clot too easily, we can end up with deadly clots in our arteries, leading to heart attack and stroke. With excessive triglycerides (fats) in the blood, we are at risk for arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
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Problems with the blood are common worldwide. The World Health Organization reports that globally, anemia affects 1.62 billion people, nearly a quarter of the world's population. Heart disease and stroke are the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. Clearly, mankind could use a little bit of help from Mother Nature in the blood health department.
For as long as I have been consuming Spirulina (almost 30 years!), researchers have been finding that Spirulina has myriad benefits for our blood and circulatory system. One of the most exciting findings is that Spirulina can help to resolve the widespread problem of anemia, which is a particular concern among vulnerable populations, including young children, particularly those in countries where malnourishment is prevalent; women, especially of childbearing age; the elderly; and those with compromised immune systems. Oxygen deprivation that results from anemia can cause fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Severe or long-lasting anemia can damage the heart, brain, and other organs.
Anemia can be caused by insufficient iron in the diet, and Spirulina is a naturally rich source of this mineral. Spirulina is not only high in iron, but it has also been shown to have higher availability of iron than other mineral-rich foods such as beef and wheat. This means that the body is able to absorb more iron from Spirulina than from these other dietary sources. Researchers in Montpellier, France, found that consumption of iron-fortified Spirulina led to iron availability 6.5 times higher than consumption of beef (Puyfoulhoux et al., 2001).
The standard American diet is often lacking in iron-rich foods such as leafy greens and legumes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 14% of children ages 1-2 and 9% of women ages 20-49 in the U.S. suffer from anemia. The problem is more acute in many developing countries, where access to adequate sources of dietary iron is severely limited. For example, a study in Calcutta, India, found that in rural areas of the country, more than 50% of women suffer from anemia. Over the course of one year, the study compared two randomly divided groups: one who received an iron-folic acid-B12 supplement only and another who received Spirulina along with the iron-folic acid-B12 supplement. The study found that the addition of Spirulina to the supplement resulted in more striking improvements in hemoglobin level than conventional supplementation alone (De et al., 2011).
Rampant malnourishment among children is also a concern in the developing world. A study conducted in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, examined the impact of Spirulina supplementation on anemic children who were both HIV-positive and HIV-negative. Adding Spirulina to traditional meals resulted in a substantial reduction in anemia among HIV-negative children; 81.8% of these children recovered from anemia with Spirulina supplementation. Spirulina also had benefits for HIV-positive children, as the supplementation led to resolution of anemia in 63.6% of these children as well as correction of weight loss (Simpore et al., 2005). This suggests that Spirulina is beneficial even for those with compromised immune systems.
Healthy stores of iron and concentrations of hemoglobin are particularly important to women who are pregnant and breastfeeding, as anemia can have deleterious effects on pregnant mothers and developing infants. Pregnant women who are anemic are more at risk of post-partum hemorrhage and death; anemia can also have long-term effects on the developing fetus, leading to increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and stroke over the lifespan (De et al., 2011). In an animal study, researchers found that Spirulina improved both hemoglobin contents and iron storage in pregnant and lactating rats. Iron status improvement with Spirulina was superior to comparison diets of casein and wheat gluten (Kapoor and Mehta, 1998). This animal model suggests that similar benefits can be found in humans.
Senior citizens are another vulnerable group who has been shown to benefit from Spirulina supplementation. A landmark human clinical trial conducted at the University of California at Davis examined the effects of Spirulina on anemia and immune function in individuals 50 years of age and older. After 12 weeks of Spirulina supplementation, study participants of both sexes showed a steady increase in mean corpuscular hemoglobin, which is a measure of hemoglobin per red blood cell. Older women benefited more rapidly from the Spirulina supplements than other participants. In addition, the majority of subjects showed improvement in immune function, which was measured by increased IDO activity (an immunomodulatory enzyme) and increased white blood cell count (Selmi et al., 2011). The fact that this superfood Spirulina is by far the best in levels of many of the key nutrients including iron probably had a great deal to do with these excellent results for anemia and immunity in older subjects.
As we age, another concern aside from anemia is irregular blood clotting. Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which blood clots form in a vein deep inside the body; they often occur in large veins in the lower leg and thigh but can travel to the brain, lungs, or heart, causing severe damage. DVT is most common in adults over age 60. Anticoagulant drugs such as heparin and warfarin are often prescribed to individuals at risk of developing clots as a preventative measure. However, these pharmaceuticals have the potential to cause other undesirable and occasionally dangerous side effects.
Spirulina is a natural alternative that has also been shown to have significant antithrombin (anti-clotting) potential. Spirulina's calcium content is one way in which it helps guard against blood clots. In one study, researchers isolated Calcium spirulan and found that it enhanced the anti-clotting effects of heparin (Hayakawa et al., 1996). Spirulina also contains C-phycocyanin, a biliprotein with many therapeutic values. Multiple studies have found that C-phycocyanin inhibits the clumping together of platelets in the blood, also known as platelet aggregation (Chiu et al., 2006). Because of this, researchers suggest Spirulina as a treatment for arterial thromboembolism, which is a deadly blood clot that develops in an artery, leading to heart attack or stroke (Hsiao et al., 2005). C-phycocyanin has also been shown to generate compounds that inhibit free radicals, which contribute to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries (McCarty, 2010).
Another risk factor for atherosclerosis is excessive triglycerides (fats) in the blood. Postprandial lipemia is a state in which there is a rise in triglyceride-rich lipoproteins in the blood right after consuming a meal. Elevated postprandial lipemia occurs when these triglycerides are abnormally high, a condition that is associated with atherosclerosis, insulin resistance, and obesity. Spirulina consumption has been shown to decrease postprandial lipemia and lower concentrations of triglycerides in the blood, even among healthy subjects. One study conducted in Mexico City examined the impact of Spirulina supplementation among young runners ages 10-26. After just 15 days of Spirulina consumption, these athletes exhibited lower concentrations of triglycerides in the blood when fasting and after consuming a meal. The youngest runners (ages 10-16) benefited the most from Spirulina supplementation, suggesting that one is never too young to start considering blood health!
Clearly, as the vast and varied body of research shows, Spirulina is a potent partner in blood health. It can help supplement diets low in iron and allows the body to naturally absorb more iron than other food sources. That being said, along with Spirulina it is always beneficial to consume a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals including iron. Iron-rich foods include:
- Dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards)
Dried fruit (prunes, raisins)
Iron-enriched cereals and grains (check the labels)
Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops)
Beans, lentils, chickpeas, and soybeans (especially sprouted legumes)
- Pumpkin seeds
Also, be sure to eat a diet that incorporates plenty of vitamin C, as vitamin C helps your body to better absorb the iron. Strawberries, broccoli, orange juice, and tomatoes are a few foods naturally high in vitamin C. Avoid drinking coffee or tea with meals, as these beverages can interfere with iron absorption. Using iron cookware will add small amounts of iron to your food. Deficiencies in vitamin B12 and folic acid can also cause anemia, so it is equally important to consume adequate amounts of these nutrients.
Eating a well-balanced, nutritionally dense diet low in refined fats and carbohydrates is also important for warding off cardiovascular disease, as is regular moderate exercise. Just be sure not to over-do the exercise and stay mindful of your iron intake, as intense athletic training can sometimes result in exercise-induced iron-deficiency anemia.
Insomnia and restless leg syndrome are two signs of anemia, which can interfere with obtaining adequate rest. When combined with the generalized fatigue that is a hallmark of anemia, sleep disturbance can be especially devastating. Those healing from anemia through diet, lifestyle, and supplementation should be sure to get as much quality sleep as possible. Of course, minimizing stressors, maintaining a positive attitude, and daily deep breathing can help nurture restful sleep and aid the body's healing process as well. You can get more information on all of these healthy living practices in my books, including my TRIO BOOK SET OF BOOKS.
Implementing these lifestyle tips will help your blood hum along in a healthy manner, the way nature intended. Research is now proving what ancient peoples like the Aztecs knew centuries ago: to consume Spirulina is to live in harmony with nature and to cultivate balance within the body. The proof is in the blood.
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To order by telephone, call: 888-800-7070 (US & Canada) or 541-273-2212 (Intl), both PT, M - F • 8 - 4. Their product specialist can answer all your questions.
• Chiu, H. F., Yang, S. P., Kuo, Y. L., Lai, Y. S., & Chou, T. C. (2006). Mechanisms involved in the antiplatelet effect of C-phycocyanin. British Journal of Nutrition, 95(2), 435.
• De, M., Halder, A., Chakraborty, T., Das, U., Paul, S., De, A., ... & De, S. (2011). Incidence of anemia and effect of nutritional supplementation on women in rural and tribal populations of eastern and north-eastern India. Hematology, 16(3), 190-192.
• Hayakawa, Y., Hayashi, T., Hayashi, K., Ozawa, T., Niiya, K., & Sakuragawa, N. (1996). Heparin cofactor II-dependent antithrombin activity of calcium spirulan. Blood coagulation & fibrinolysis, 7(5), 554-560.
• Hsiao, G., Chou, P. H., Shen, M. Y., Chou, D. S., Lin, C. H., & Sheu, J. R. (2005). C phycocyanin, a very potent and novel platelet aggregation inhibitor from Spirulina platensis. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 53(20), 7734-7740.
• Kapoor, R., & Mehta, U. (1998). Supplementary effect of Spirulina on hematological status of rats during pregnancy and lactation. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, 52(4), 315-324.
• McCarty, M. F. (2010). Potential utility of full-spectrum antioxidant therapy, citrulline, and dietary nitrate in the management of sickle cell disease. Medical hypotheses, 74(6), 1055-1058.
• Puyfoulhoux, G., Rouanet, J. M., Besançon, P., Baroux, B., Baccou, J. C., & Caporiccio, B (2001). Iron availability from iron-fortified spirulina by an in vitro digestion/Caco-2 cell culture model. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 49(3), 1625-1629.
• Selmi, C., Leung, P. S., Fischer, L., German, B., Yang, C. Y., Kenny, T. P., ... & Gershwin, M. E. (2011). The effects of Spirulina on anemia and immune function in senior citizens. Cellular & molecular immunology, 8(3), 248-254.
• Simpore, J., Zongo, F., Kabore, F., Dansou, D., Bere, A., Nikiema, J. B., ... & Musumeci, S (2005). Nutrition rehabilitation of HIV-infected and HIV-negative undernourished children utilizing spirulina. Annals of nutrition and metabolism, 49(6), 373-380.
• Torres-Durán, P. V., Ferreira-Hermosillo, A., Ramos-Jiménez, A., Hernández-Torres, R. P., Juárez-Oropeza, M. A. (2012). Effect of Spirulina maxima on Postprandial Lipemia in Young Runners: A Preliminary Report. Journal of Medicinal Food, 15(8), 753-757.
Blood is to the human body what the oceans are to the Earth. Both blood and the sea are comprised mainly of water, transport oxygen and nutrients, and are essential to the vibrant life force of mankind and the planet.
~ Susan Smith Jones, PhD
Spirulina is the most nutritious, concentrated whole food known to humankind. It has a rich, vibrant history, and occupies an intriging biological and ecological niche in the plant kingdom. Spirulina is truly an amazing food, full of nutritional wonders.
~ Bob Capelli