Arthritis Superfood: Spirulina

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Filed Under: Bone & Joint Health, Arthritis
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Arthritis Superfood: Spirulina

For years I’ve been writing about the benefits of Spirulina, a form of blue-green algae rich in phytonutrient antioxidants. It is perhaps the best source of carotenoids such as beta-carotene, and provides healthy doses of natural vitamin E and vitamin B12, which can greatly help improve mental function and memory.

In addition, spirulina is also lower in fat and provides more usable protein than virtually all other protein sources. By “usable” I mean the amount that is properly digested and assimilated by the body. To give you a rough comparison, spirulina's usable protein value is 65 percent, soybeans 35 percent, meats and fish from 15 to 25 percent, and eggs only 12 percent.

What does all this have to do with arthritis?

Researchers have found that one of spirulina's pigments, phycocyanin, possesses anti-inflammatory properties similar to some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Considering the dangers linked to NSAIDs, particularly ulcers, spirulina should be viewed as an essential component of any arthritis program. No other green superfood contains this pigment.

Now it’s your turn: What has worked best for you in your arthritis management program?

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