Spirulina has long been recognised as a superfood for its beneficial effects on the human body and longevity.

But now a new scientific study has helped to shed light on some of the other effects of spirulina.

Spirulina is a natural type of algae. It is known for its ability to counter the effects of radiation poisoning, prevent cancer and increase brain power.

It is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids – antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. It contains nutrients, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid).

However, a study conducted by scientists at the University of Mexico, found that the algae can also counter the effects of lead poisoning.

The research observed the effects of spirulina on rats exposed to lead poisoning. It found that spirulina not only reduces the effect of lead poisoning but it also helps to restore the liver back to its normal function.

Excess lead can wreak havoc in the body and mess with the digestive, respiratory, circulatory and immune systems.

In fact, another recent study covered by the Akashic Times, also found that lead poisoning in water can cause aggression and violent behaviour in humans.

The study however, suggests that using Spirulina can help to counter these effects.

According to the research: “Exposure to lead could have generated oxidative stress which resulted in the elevation of lipids both in plasma and liver, as well as lipid peroxidation in the liver and kidney associated with the reduction in the antioxidant status. Spirulina maxima co-treatment resulted in the prevention of the lead-induced damages. … Consequently, Spirulina maxima could be useful in the preventive treatment of lead toxicity.”

The use of animal testing as part of the study is concerning to say the least – particularly as the rats were deliberately exposed to lead poisoning.

As a holistic news site, it needs to be mentioned that it is of course, unfortunate that modern science has not yet found a more humane way to test the effects of natural herbs and medicines.

What the study did show was that the rats who received spirulina alongside their lead-laced food were protected against the ill-effects of lead poisoning.

The rats who did not receive the spirulina were put down.

“It was concluded that spirulina maxima has protective effects on lead acetate-induced damage, and that the effects are associated with the antioxidant effect of spirulina,” the researchers concluded.

It is also worth noting that spirulina can also absorb toxic substances from the environment, including heavy metals, from the water where it is grown, so it is important to buy it from a trusted company, who can verify how the spirulina was sourced.

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