When a person has allergies to pollen, dust, or pets, the inside of their nose may swell. This reaction is called allergic rhinitis. There is some evidence that spirulina could help improve the symptoms of this condition. A 2013 study states that spirulina can relieve nasal inflammation and reduce histamine in the body. Compared to a placebo, it may reduce the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, including: • runny nose • sneezing • nasal congestion • itching
As a powder, people can: add it to smoothies, which gives the drink a green color sprinkle spirulina powder on salads or in soups mix it into energy balls, along with other healthful ingredients stir a tablespoon into fruit or vegetable juices
People with certain mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, may have reduced levels of serotonin. Taking tryptophan supplements to maintain healthful serotonin levels may play a role in supporting mental wellbeing.
Initial research suggests taking spirulina may improve the following: • weight loss • gut health • diabetes management • blood pressure • cholesterol • risk of heart disease • metabolic rate • allergy symptoms • mental health
In certain parts of the world, people are at risk of poisoning from contaminated drinking water and other sources of pollutants. Early research suggests that spirulina may offer a way to treat those affected.
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