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Spirulina Helps in Excercise and in Sport-2

Posted on 2011/10/03. Filed under: Scientific Research |

Spirulina contain powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants can inhibit the oxidation of other molecules, which is important because oxidation reactions can produce free radicals. And free radicals can cause oxidative stress and damage to DNA, RNA and cell structures.

When you exercise, your oxygen consumption increases more than 10 times1. Consequently, there is a significant increase in the production of oxidants that can damage cell structures and can contribute to muscular fatigue. Taking spirulina can increase the amount of intense exercise you can do and it may reduce the amount of muscle damage23thanks to the variety of antioxidants in spirulina.

Spirulina has cardiovascular benefits; it contains the rare essential fatty acid, Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which promotes good health. According to a clinical trial in Korea, essential fatty acids like Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) can prevent cholesterol from concentrating in the body.

Spirulina can also reduce bad cholesterol. In a study where 15 male volunteers took 4.2 grams of spirulina per day showed a statistically significant reduction of LDL (bad cholesterol) with no significant change in HDL (good cholesterol). Researchers also measured a significant decrease in the atherogenic effect, a measure of fat desposition in arteries4.

Spirulina and C-phycocyanin can have a protective and preventative effect on heart attacks5 6 7. Studies have shown spirulina and C-phycoyanin can significantly protect from cardiotoxic effects (studies based on mice)8.

Spirulina tablets can safely help improve endurance levels.

AMINO ACIDS:

Amino acids can play an important role in exercise, especially the branched-chain amino acids; valine, isoleucine and leucine. The branched-chain amino acids are unique because they are not metabolized in the liver but in the muscle instead, hence the name, ‘muscle aminos’.

Branched-chain amino acids are important as they help muscle under intense training. In an experiment using swimmers, one group was given branched-chain amino acids and the other a placebo. The branched-chain amino acid group experienced less muscle breakdown after intense exercise9. Studies show that taking essential amino acids, including branched-chain amino acids, before exercise triggers anabolic processes – the increased blood flow you get from training increases the amino acid entry into muscle.

Branched-chain amino acids can lessen muscle damage during exercise and block what is called delayed-onset muscle soreness following intense training10. Sixteen women and 14 men took five grams of branched-chain amino acids before doing seven sets of 20-rep squats, resting two minutes between sets. Some of the subjects got a placebo. Those who took the branched-chain amino acids had significantly less soreness than the placebo group; the results were more significant in the male subjects. The researchers think that the results may be a combination the branched-chain amino acids’ decreasing muscle breakdown and leucine’s stimulation of muscle protein synthesis (anabolism).

Spirulina contain all the essential amino acids (including branched-chain amino acids).

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Spirulina Helps in Excercise and in Sport-1

Posted on 2011/10/03. Filed under: Scientific Research |

1. Nutrient supplement
Spirulina contains more than 60 natural vital nutrients, is easily digested and is fully absorbed by the body within half an hour. In contrast to ordinary food you can take Spirulina just before or even during the competition. Because Spirulina reduces the feeling of hunger and still supplies the required energy, it is ideal for use when training around meal times.

2. Faster recovery

After a heavy training session or competition, the muscles are full of carbon dioxide and lactic acid, waste products that can cause muscle pain and delay recovery. The cleansing action of Spirulina speeds up the removal of these waste products from the body. Also Spirulina replaces the minerals that have been lost due to perspiration. The consequence: your body can recover sooner. A faster recovery means that you can begin training again faster. And training more often eventually increases your performance level.

3. More stamina
Spirulina ensures an optimal metabolism during competition. And metabolism means: conversion of food into energy. By means of this uniform energy addition you avoid a dip while participating in sports. Using Spirulina you do not become exhausted as fast and you can keep going longer.

4. Higher resistance
Excessive and heavy training can lower you resistance. If you cool down too quickly, for example in wet and wintry weather, you are certainly risking problems. Due to its enormous richness in vital substances, Spirulina quickly replenishes any shortages and increases your resistance. The chances of catching a cold or flu are reduced. So you will not miss any further training sessions.

5. Power drink for power sports

Spirulina does not only help you to keep your weight down, you can also use it to gain weight, for example for body building or other strength sports. Power athletes who want to become more muscular can mix Spirulina with a power drink. For example, make a shake with bananas, eggs or powdered egg white, fruit juice and honey. Spirulina powder can be simply mixed with all types of protein drink and other sport nourishment. The algae ensure better absorption of the nutrients.

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Blue-green algae tested for treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Posted on 2011/06/06. Filed under: Scientific Research | Tags: , , |

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Spirulina protects Neurons from oxidative stress and inflammation

Nutritional supplementation with Spirulina, a nutrient-rich, blue-green algae, appeared to provide neuroprotective support for dying motor neurons in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, University of South Florida neuroscientists have found. Although more research is needed, they suggest that a spirulina-supplemented diet may provide clinical benefits for ALS patients.

Their study is published in the current issue of The Open Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Journal.A spirulina dietary supplement was shown to delay the onset of motor symptoms and disease progression, reducing inflammatory markers and motor neuron death in a G93A mouse model of ALS. Spirulina, an ancient food source used by the Aztecs, may have a dual antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect on motor neurons, the researchers said.

“ALS is a degenerative motor neuron disease,” said the study’s lead author, Svitlana Garbuzova-Davis, PhD, DSc, assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair at USF. “Most available treatments relieve symptoms without altering the underlying disease. However, evidence for oxidative stress has been associated with ALS and, in our past studies, we demonstrated potent decreases in markers of oxidative damage and inflammation in aged rats fed diets supplemented with spirulina or spinach. In this initial study, the diet supplement was fed only to pre-symptomatic mice. Further studies showing the diet supplement’s effect on the lifespan of symptomatic ALS mice are needed to prove the treatment’s effectiveness.”

Specifically, when the USF researchers tested compounds found in blueberries and spirulina for effectiveness in animal models of stroke and aging in past experiments, they noted neuroprotective effects of the nutritional supplements.

The current study compared ALS mice receiving a spirulina-supplemented diet over a 10-week period with mice that did not receive the diet supplementation. The spirulina-fed ALS mice showed reduced inflammatory markers and motor neuron degeneration over that period.

“The focus of our future ALS experiments will include motor neuron counts and an examination of lifespan following dietary spirulina supplementation in symptomatic ALS mice,” said study co-author Paula C. Bickford, PhD, a professor in the USF Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair and a senior research biologist at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital inTampa,Florida.

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Reduces effects of radiation by Spirulina

Posted on 2011/03/31. Filed under: Scientific Research |

Years after the Chernobyl disaster, four million people in Ukraine and Belarus live in dangerously radioactive areas. The water, soil and food over an 11,000 square mile area is contaminated. Over 160,000 children are victims of radiation poisoning, with birth defects, leukemia, cancer, thyroid disease, anemia, loss of vision and appetite and depressed immune system, now called “Chernobyl AIDS.” Doctors reported spirulina’s health benefits for child victims of Chernobyl radiation. Spirulina reduced urine radioactivity levels by 50% in only 20 days. This result was achieved by giving 5 grams a day to children at the Minsk, Belarus Institute of Radiation Medicine. The Institute program treated 100 children every 20 days. In a 1991 study of 49 kindergarten children aged 3 to 7 years old in Beryozova, spirulina was given to 49 children for 45 days. Doctors found T-cell suppressors and beneficial hormones rose, and in 83% of the children, radioactivity of the urine decreased.

An unpublished 1993 report confirmed 1990-91 research, concluding “spirulina decreases radiation dose load received from food contaminated with radionucleides, Cesium-137 and Strontium-90. It is favorable for normalizing the adaptive potential of children’s bodies in conditions of long-lived low dose radiation.”

Research continuing through 1999 in Belarus showed immune building, normalization of peroxide lipid oxidation and detoxifying effects of spirulina supplements in children and teenagers. Scientists theorized spirulina may form non-absorbable complexes of radionucleides through analogues such as calcium or potassium and promotes their excretion.

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