treats Eye disorders, Oral leukoplakia, Chronic viral hepatitis, Malnutrition, High cholesterol, Allergic rhinitis, Weight loss, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Arsenic poisoning, and Diabetes
EvidenceDISCLAIMER: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Allergic rhinitis (nasal allergies):
Anti- inflammatory properties of spirulina may improve certain aspects of nasal allergies. However, further high- quality studies are needed to confirm these findings.
Spirulina extract plus zinc may be useful for the treatment of arsenic poisoning. Additional research is needed to confirm these findings.
Preliminary study of people with type 2 diabetes mellitus reports that spirulina may reduce fasting blood sugar levels after two months of treatment. More research is needed before a firm conclusion can be drawn.
In animal studies, spirulina has been found to lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Preliminary poor- quality studies in humans suggest a similar effect. Better research is needed before a firm conclusion can be drawn.
Spirulina has been studied as a food supplement in infant malnutrition but results have been mixed. More research is necessary in this area.
Oral leukoplakia (pre- cancerous mouth lesions):
Preliminary research has not clearly shown benefits of spirulina in the treatment of oral leukoplakia.
Spirulina is a popular therapy for weight loss and is sometimes marketed as a "vitamin enriched" appetite suppressant. However, little scientific information is available on the effect of spirulina on weight loss in humans.
Chronic fatigue syndrome:
There is currently inadequate evidence to recommend the use of spirulina in chronic fatigue syndrome.
Chronic viral hepatitis:
Preliminary study of spirulina for chronic viral hepatitis shows negative results.