Spirulina may reduce oxidative stress
Oxidative stress is intimately associated with many diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In a study with patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, spirulina intake for 30 and 60 days at (500 × 2) mg dose significantly reduced blood levels of oxidative stress markers as well as cholesterol, while increasing glutathione and Vit C levels (both cellular antioxidants), and the activity of certain enzymes and genes. At the same time, spirulina intake for 30 and 60 days at (500 × 4) mg dose had a significant favourable effect on all targeted blood parameters except for HDL. Antioxidant status and lipid profile of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients are proven to be improved through an interventional 2 months course of spirulina. Oxidative stress is shown to be reduced as a result of spirulina intervention.
Ismail, et al. (2014). Effect of spirulina intervention on oxidative stress, antioxidant status, and lipid profile in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. BioMed Research International, vol. 2015.