Spirulina’s anti-inflammatory properties

Spirulina has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help the human body live a longer and healthier life. For example, spirulina has been found to help against colitis, arthritis, and allergic rhinitis according to a study done by the “Journal Medicine of Food” (1).

This is because spirulina contains several active ingredients, notably phycocyanin and β-carotene that have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. The antioxidant and/or antiinflammatory activities of Spirulina have been demonstrated in a large number of preclinical studies (2).  There have also been detailed studies clearly indicating that Spirulina has promising anti-inflammatory activity in arthritic animals (3).


1. Chai Siah Ku, Et el. Health Benefits of blue-green algae: prevention of cardiovascular disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Journal of Medicinal Food. 16(2): 103-111. February 2013.

2. Deng R, Chow TJ. Hypolipidemic, antioxidant, and antiinflammatory activities of microalgae Spirulina. Cardiovasc Ther. 2010;28(4):e33-e45. doi:10.1111/j.1755-5922.2010.00200.x

3. Rasool M, Sabina EP, Lavanya B. Anti-inflammatory effect of Spirulina fusiformis on adjuvant-induced arthritis in mice. Biol Pharm Bull. 2006 Dec;29(12):2483-7. doi: 10.1248/bpb.29.2483. PMID: 17142986.


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