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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Spirulina helps protect your liver and prevent diabetes – study

[Natural News]: Diabetes is a chronic disease that has become an epidemic around the world. Many people with diabetes are treated with antidiabetic drugs that come with harmful side effects.

For this reason, scientists continue to search for safer and natural alternatives to treat diabetes. Researchers from the University of Sfax in Tunisia and the University of Western Brittany in France discovered that spirulina – scientifically known as Arthrospira Platensis – is beneficial to people with diabetes.

Spirulina is a blue-green alga that is considered a superfood because of its rich nutritional content and health benefits. It is available in powder form, which can be added to smoothies, salads, or soups, or in tablet form, which can be taken as a dietary supplement.

The researchers carried out a study using diabetic rats to examine the liver-protective, blood sugar-lowering, and antidiabetic effect of spirulina. They hypothesized that supplementation with spirulina could help treat diabetes and reduce its complications. To test their hypothesis, the researchers first treated rats with alloxan to induce diabetes. Then, they either fed the rats with a 5 percent spirulina-enriched diet or treated them with insulin every day for 21 days.

The results of the study revealed that both spirulina and insulin treatments caused a significant reduction in fasting blood sugar and an increase in glycogen level. Treatment with spirulina also caused weight loss and improved liver toxicity indices. In addition, it reduced the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides in rats. Moreover, spirulina supplementation increased antioxidant activities in the liver. These results suggest that supplementation with spirulina reduces blood sugar levels and oxidative stress in rats with diabetes. Spirulina also proved more effective than insulin....read more>>>...

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