Spirulina is an organism found in freshwater and saltwater. It’s a type of blue-green algae that produces energy from sunlight via photosynthesis. The best part about Spirulina… it’s jam-packed with nutrients.
A single tablespoon of spirulina contains four grams of protein with all of the essential amino acids; vitamins A, K, B1, B2, and B3; copper; iron; and magnesium, along with numerous other nutrients. It’s also high in gamma-linolenic acid, which is a compound found in breast milk.
Spirulina is widely regarded as the most nutritionally complete food on the planet, and it’s available in flake, powder, and tablet form.
Spirulina and Nerve Pain
Nerve pain can cause tingling, numbness, throbbing, or burning pain in the hands, feet, legs, and arms.
While pharmaceuticals, including opioids, are typically used to treat nerve pain, these come with dangerous side effects and, in the case of opioid painkillers, a high risk of addiction and dependence.
However, a number of natural substances have been shown to improve nerve function and reduce symptoms of nerve pain. Spirulina is one of the most potent.
Spirulina has high levels of vitamin B12, which is a vital nutrient that supports nerve health. It also contains a lot of beta carotene, which protects against oxidative stress. Nerve damage related to inflammation may respond particularly well to spirulina, which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Other Health Benefits of Spirulina
Spirulina has benefits beyond nerve health. Its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help combat chronic inflammation and oxidative damage to cells. In higher doses, spirulina can reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise “good” HDL cholesterol.
Spirulina may increase the body’s production of nitric oxide, which helps blood vessels relax, lowering blood pressure and improving your blood flow. It can help combat muscle fatigue in athletes by reducing exercise-induced oxidative damage.
For people with diabetes, spirulina may help reduce blood sugar, according to several studies on animals and humans. In a study on mice, spirulina worked better than diabetes drugs like Metformin for lowering blood sugar levels. A two-month study of 25 people with diabetes found that two grams of spirulina each day led to a substantial reduction in blood sugar levels.
Another study found that after consuming spirulina daily, HbA1c decreased from nine percent to eight percent, a significant change that can lower the risk of death related to diabetes by 21 percent.
Spirulina is a chief ingredient in Nerveology’s Nerve Support Complex, which is a blend of vitamins, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown through research to support your healthy nerves and ease nerve pain. Whether or not you experience nerve pain, a daily dose of this complex can have far-reaching benefits for your overall health.