Blue-green Algae balances immune system

aquasource-algae-powderSummary: Research has shown that there are many benefits that can be offered from blue-green algae. Aphanizomenon flos-aquae can balance the immune system and help prevent illness and disease. Besides aiding the body’s immune functions, AFA offers many other benefits as a supplement for maintaining good health. Reducing inflammation, cholesterol and blood glucose are just some of the other beneficial properties of AFA.

A 2001 review of many blue-green algae research articles, was published in the Journal on Nutraceuticals and Nutrition. The authors found various benefits among the research, including the algae’s therapeutic effects on metabolism, as well as on immunity. Anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-cancer effects were also reported.

The blue pigment, phycocyanin, within blue-green algae appear to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s also reported to reduce tissue damage, and be protective of the liver (hepatoprotective).

Research showed that the blue-green algae Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) increased the activation and mobilization of immune cells, giving the body improved surveillance and protection.

The polysaccharides in AFA were found to stimulate macrophage activity (macrophages are white blood cells that attack and destroy bacterial and viral invaders).

AFA is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have the effect of reducing inflammation by lowering arachidonic acid build-up. It’s also been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels, and blood glucose levels.

The data presented demonstrates that blue-green algae is a highly beneficial product. It can help in treating suppressed immune systems or inappropriate immune responses as well as offer multiple other biological benefits to the human body.

Reference: Blue-Green Algae as an Immuno-Enhancer and Biomodulator
Jenson GS, Ginsberg DI, Drapeau C. Journal on Nutraceuticals and Nutrition (JANA). 2001; 3: 24-30.