Blue-green algae have the very ancient history of the earth. This alga is considered as a powerful medicine and consumed as food by humans for centuries. The species of blue-green algae includes Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA), Spirulina platensis (SP), Spirulina Maxima(SM), Spirulina fusiformis (SF), and Nostoc commune var. spheroids Kutzing (NO), have been widely consumed by humans for centuries.these forms of algae are rich in minerals like iodine, chlorine, calcium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, zinc etc.
The blue-green algae contain different types of bioactive components, such as phycocyanin, carotenoids, γ-linolenic acid, fibers, and plant sterols. These components promote optimal health in humans. Here I have shared top 4 surprising health benefits of blue-green algae.
Blue-green algae are very rich in omega-3 fatty acid and you all know very well that omega-3 fatty acids are very good for human health. They reduce the pain and inflammation to the great extent. Most of the pain receptors or most of the drug companies who manufacture pain receptors use the few types of algae especially blue-green algae to manufacture the pain receptors.
This is one of the amazing properties of the algae the metal detoxification. High level of exposure to the heavy metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and aluminum causes acute or chronic toxicity in the human body. Few types of algae such as chlorella reduce the adverse effect of the metal toxicity and act as a good metal detoxifier.
Stem cell proliferation
Studies have found that regular consumption of algae in prescribed or moderate amount regenerates the pluripotent cells in the human body.
Used as a supplement
Algal oil is an amazing health supplement that is derived from algae. This is used as an alternative to fish by vegans. Research has proved that consuming one to two grams of algal oil per day increases the DHA and EPA in blood level. Therefore algal oil is very good for health especially important to increase omega-3 fatty acids in the body.