Spirulina is nature’s richest and most complete source of nutrition, as it has a unique blend of nutrients and benefits that no single source can offer. It contains a wide spectrum of therapeutic nutrients that include B-complex vitamins, minerals, proteins, gamma-linolenic acid and the super anti-oxidants such as beta carotene, vitamin E, and trace elements. Because of its apparent ability to stimulate the entire human physiology, Spirulina research is exhibiting additional anti-bacterial and antiviral therapeutic benefits, rendering Spirulina consumption as an excellent means to promote the growth of intestinal microflora as well.
At lower concentrations, Spirulina reduces viral replication while at higher concentration blocks replication entirely. Spirulina is shown to inhibit viral cell-penetration and replication of the Herpes Simplex Virus Type cells in a dose-dependent manner. According to the most recent study Spirulina in Health Care Management at Jiwali University, the anti-viral activity attributed to Calcium Spirulan, has been shown to inhibit replication of many enveloped viruses. Furthermore, the therapeutic benefits are appreciated through the inhibition of viral penetration into target cells without host toxicity.
The evidence for Spirulina’s potential therapeutic applications is overwhelming in the anti-viral applications. Traditional therapies always rely on the use of natural products and have been the source of information for the discovery of many drugs we have today. Currently, the increased cost of health care has become a driving force in the shift towards interest in wellness, self-care, and alternative medicine, and a greater recognition between diet and health care. Spirulina is a potent candidate in these new health care approaches.