Indian researchers have found that spirulina can help to manage the blood sugar levels in type II diabetes patients.
Spirulina is a protein supplement which is widely used as a natural supplement to protect heart health, strengthen the immune system, boosting the energy levels, etc. It is also used to enhance immunity against infections like HIV, allergies, cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
With respect to its use in diabetics, the Indian study, conducted by a team from the MS University of Baroda, revealed that over a two-month period there was an improved blood sugar and lipid profiles in type II diabetes patients after taking the dietary supplement.
In another study, the patients were assigned 2g spirulina each day over the period of research. The results showed lower fasting blood glucose concentrations and reduced glycosylated haemoglobin levels.
Researchers also found that spirulina lowered serum triglyceride concentrations, total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein cholesterol while there was an increase in high density lipoprotein cholesterol. The level of apolipoprotein B decreased while the level of apolipoprotein A1 increased.
These findings suggest the beneficial effect of spirulina supplementation in controlling blood glucose and lipid profiles of patients with type II diabetes mellitus.
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